by Daniel Olsen
High school football is long done and we are now in the thick of basketball season. We saw some dominant teams on the gridiron. Sky View, Corner Canyon and Beaver all had undefeated seasons while Orem and Juab had impressive state title runs as well. While these schools are the best at football, what schools are dominating the basketball court? Let’s look at the top teams so far in 6A.
Pleasant Grove: The Last Unbeaten
While they are known as PG for short, they have a little PG-13 in them. While they are undefeated at 13-0 so far in the regular season, the jury is still out on whether it will carry into the postseason or if they will choke the same way Paul George (PG-13) has done in the NBA. All of their wins have been by one possession or more so they seem to be dominant at least in their non-region games. Region play starts this Friday against the American Fork Cavemen who are 9-2 on the season.
Dylan Jones is a 6’5” junior who leads the team with over 15 points per game. His season high was a 40 point explosion against the Jordan Beetdiggers. He has already surpassed the 139 points he scored in his sophomore year. He leads the team with 36 three-pointers made which is good enough for the third most in the state.
The Vikings are the best team in Utah County according to the Daily Herald. How do they compare to the 6A teams up north? Region 1 has the 8-3 Davis Darts. In Salt Lake County, 10-5 Kearns leads Region 2 and 7-4 Riverton leads Region 3. Keep in mind that most teams have only played one region game at most so this is largely based on non-region games.
Sleeper Pick: Westlake Thunder
They may not be the Oklahoma City Thunder but Westlake is representing well in Saratoga Springs. Their 10-1 season is only blemished by a 77-70 setback to Corner Canyon. They don’t have the highest individual scorers in the state but they do have enough team scoring and two guys that crash the boards at a high level. They are both in the top 20 in 6A in rebounds per game.
Those guys are Hunter Phillips (6.7) and Noah McCord (6.2). McCord’s best game was a double-double against Bingham in which he grabbed 14 rebounds! Phillips had his best game against Farmington in which he had ten boards.
Overall this is a team that plays with grit and I expect them to make a deep postseason run. This will depend on how they survive one of the toughest regions in 6A.
The season is young and there are plenty of other teams who deserve attention but for now, these are the teams that I think will have special seasons in the largest division in the UHSAA.
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