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KSL Coaches' Poll: Top ranked teams survive in close games



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SALT LAKE CITY - There was very little change in this week's KSL Coaches Poll but many of the top teams received a scare last week.

Five games to watch this week
Spanish Fork at Payson 7 p.m. Tuesday
The top two teams in Region 12 will face each other for the first time this season. Expect a packed crowd for this southern Utah County clash. The 5th ranked Lions can take a 2-game lead in the region standings with a win. Dixie at Desert Hills 7 p.m. Wednesday Game Night Live "Game of the Week"
The Thunder dome will be rocking Wednesday as No. 1 and No. 2 face off for the 2nd time this season. The Thunder edged the Flyers in December and the rematch should be just as good.Syracuse at Layton 5:15 p.m. (Girls)
This will be a battle of the top two girls basketball teams in Utah. Syracuse and Layton are the only undefeated teams left in the state, boys or girls. Skyline at Olympus 7 p.m.
It's been one of the most storied football rivalries in the state. Now the Titans and Eagles face off in a very important basketball game. Both are undefeated in Region 7.Fremont at Davis 7 p.m.
Fremont has made another midseason surge and look to be the favorites in Region 1. Their rivals, the Davis Darts, dropped a region contest to Weber last week and look to get back in the region title race with a win.

West Jordan remains No. 1 after surviving an upset bid from No. 4 Alta. The Jags trailed by 3 entering the 4th quarter but outscored the Hawks 16-2 in the final quarter to get the win.

Lone Peak remains No. 2 after they held off No. 3 American Fork Friday on their home court. The Knights trailed for much of the game before they pulled away in the 4th quarter.

Fremont moves into the top five after winning four straight games.

Top five performances of the week
Justin Johnson, Green River
The state's leader scorer had a remarkable week scoring the basketball. He had 36 points on Tuesday, 42 Wednesday and added 45 on Friday. He had 21 rebounds to go along with his 42 points against Monument Valley.Parker Van Dyke, East
The highly recruited junior point guard continues to put up big numbers. He had 36 points in a 54-51 win over Clearfield.Chris Stanfill, Concordia Prep
Stanfill had 34 points in a big region win over Mount Vernon.Makenlee Williams, Syracuse
Williams scored 35 points including four 3-pointers in a big 80-52 win over Weber.Emily Howey, Woods Cross
Howey had a big night in a 66-27 win over Highland. She scored 27 points and pulled down 21 rebounds in the victory.

Orem is still No. 1 in 4A but they also had to stave off an upset bid. They trailed Timpview last Tuesday by 14 at the half and needed a furious 2nd half rally to survive.

Bountiful trailed East at the half before dominating the Leopards in the 2nd half for the win.

No. 3 Sky View went to overtime with unranked visitor Murray.

No. 4 Olympus avoided similar drama with a big road win at Westlake.

No. 5 Highland also was impressive on the road against a good Woods Cross team. The Rams made 14 3-pointers in an 81-42 victory.

Desert Hills was upset last week by Hurricane but avoided a similar fate this week to remain No. 1 in 3A. They host No. 2 Dixie Wednesday in our Game Night Live "Game of the Week". Their first meeting was won by the Thunder in a 52-49 thriller.

Cedar took care of business this week with two double-digit wins to remain at No. 3.

Hurricane is 4th followed by Payson who has a big game Tuesday against rival Spanish Fork.

For the first time in January we have change in the 2A poll. Waterford has moved up to No. 3 after an impressive road win at Manti while the Templars return to the top five after a win at previously ranked Gunnison. South Sevier remains No. 1 followed by Wasatch Academy at No. 2. Richfield drops to 4th.

Piute survived an overtime scare from 3rd ranked Panguitch to remain atop the 1A poll. Bryce Valley is No. 2, Duchesne is 4th followed by Green River who moves into the top five for the first time this season.

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