4A boys basketball tournament: Provo 49, Highland 39
West Valley City • In the end, you have to admire Craig Drury and the Provo boys' basketball program.
Monday morning's 42-39 Class 4A first round victory over Highland wasn't pretty. But when Riley Tucker missed a potential tying three at the buzzer, it proved to be enough for Drury's crew to advance to Wednesday's quarterfinal at Maverik Center.
"It wasn't pretty, but we will certainly take it," Drury said. "We took a while to get started. It was your typical morning state tournament game."
Provo surrendered 19 points in the first quarter, trailed by as much as 14-5 and lacked the precision at the outset typical of Bulldog teams.
But defensive stops, timely 3-pointers and a rebounding advantage proved to be the ultimate difference, as Provo survived a two-point third period and 14 turnovers.
Adam Finch scored 13 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead the Bulldogs. Dallin Bosco scored 10 points and Wesley Bosco came up big with four assists and four rebounds. That was enough to offset Liam Thomas, the Highland star, who led all scorers with 17 points.
The Rams, the defending state champions, end their season at 13-9.
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Bulldogs move on to quarterfinals
• Highland misses a three-pointer at the buzzer
• Provo advances to Wednesday's quarterfinal
• The Bulldogs win the rebounding battle 30-20