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Posted On: 09/23/18 12:21 PM
Region 12 is without a doubt the deepest region in 4A. Sky View is the obvious favorite to win Region 12 due to having one of the top players in the west coast on their roster. With that said, Bear River might seem like a surprise to some as they come in at number two. However, they bring back a good portion of a team that was youthful last year, but had plenty of success. Moreover, expect Logan to be tough once again while Ridgeline and Mountain Crest will be much improved and compete for the top three as well. As if having five good teams wasn’t enough, Green Canyon brings back their entire team, which posted a .500 record last year. All six teams in this region are capable of making a run in the state tournament.
While anyone could take 2-5, it is highly unlikely that anyone takes the number one spot from Sky View. With that said, it would also be surprising to see Sky View make it through this challenging region unscathed. This region will be the most prepared for the state tournament as every game will be competitive.
Mason Falslev is all that needs to be said in regards to why Sky View. He is one of the top playmakers in the state, and he will continue to do so this upcoming season. His ability to create and fill up the stat sheet makes him a nightmare for anyone who plays against him. Falslev is the real deal.
In addition to Falslev, Sky View has the luxury of having Cole DeBoard back as well. Between these two prospects, Sky View should have their eyes on two state championships in the next two years. This group is more than capable of accomplishing that task.
Bear River exceeded many people’s expectations this past year. While last year was a strong showing, there is a sense that this team is far from done exceeding what people think they are capable of. In fact, expect yet another breakout season from this group.
Why should this team be so confident? Mark Huber and Ren Fonnesbeck are two of the top backcourt duos in 4A. Between these two, Bear River will be able to score the basketball at a high rate. Both of these prospects are capable of getting to the rim. However, what makes them special is that they both can fill it up from deep at an effective rate. In fact, both were close to 40% from three this past year.
As if that was not enough fire power, Huber and Fonnesbeck are aided in having a pass first point guard who makes his teammates better. Wyatt Roholt does a good job of facilitating touches for this team. He gets the ball to his teammates in spots where they can be successful.
Do not be surprised to see Bear River make a deep run this year and next year.
There is no reason that Logan should not finish at or above this spot as far as talent is concerned. However, this region is tough and if Logan does not play together, there are plenty of teams capable of finishing in the top 3. With that said, this team has one of the only true guard and forward/center combinations in 4A as well as this region.
Anthony McDade will be a huge part of whatever success this team has. He is able to create for himself and others at a high rate. However, he will need to shoot it more effectively from deep in order to maximize his talents and put Logan in serious contention for a state title.
McDade will have Josh Jensen who will finish around the rim, clean up the glass, and protect the paint on both ends of the floor. Between these two, Logan will have plenty of firepower and a tough combination for opposing teams to stop.