Orem • You could roll out an army of statistics on why Skyline had no chance Monday against Timpview in the first round of the Class 5A boys’ basketball state tournament.

How about the Eagles’ recent history entering the postseason? A 36-point loss at Highland then a 56-point setback against Olympus.

But it didn’t matter Monday.

Skyline overtook the Region 7 champion Thunderbirds in the second quarter then held on for a 67-63 win.

“We came out of a tough region, and a four seed beats a one seed every year, so I thought we had a good chance,” said Eagles senior Andrew Clark, who finished with 19 points.

Clark hit 1 of 2 free throws on four occasions down the stretch. But he nailed both with 10 seconds remaining for the final four-point margin.

“Of course I was a little nervous, but I was just thinking they’re the ones who should be nervous,” Clark said. “We’re the ones who’s up.”

Timpview (17-7) seemed to have no problem at the beginning, jumping to an 8-2 lead less than two minutes in then roaring ahead 20-8 as the first period wound down.

The Thunderbirds still were up 26-19 when Skyline (11-13) suddenly went on an 18-2 run to claim momentum.

Hollan Schweitz, who finished with a game-high 23 points, drained a 3-pointer for a 37-28 lead with a minute left in the first half.

“Nobody knows what we’ve been through,” Skyline coach Kenny James said. “We’ve had suspensions, we’ve had hurt guys, we’ve had a guy quit the team with three weeks to go — a starter. We’ve had shooters who didn’t play. I knew we could score.

“We’ve got the big red-head [Clark]) healthy and the blond kid [Schweitz] who’s had injuries and spinal meningitis.”

Schweitz said he thought his team showed more energy than usual Monday.

“We had a good week of practice. That’s it,” he said. “First quarter, I knew. We were on and it was different than the last two games we ended on.”

Timpview was playing on the same court that it lost on a year ago, also in the first round — on a last-second shot to Highland.

The Thunderbirds were led by BYU-bound Hunter Erickson’s 18 points, but he fouled out while chasing down his own missed shot with 3:35 to play.

“I told them for the first time in my life that I thought the referees took it away from us,” Timpview coach Kevin Santiago said about what he told his team after the game.

Skyline play in the state quarterfinals at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the University of Utah.

“We were missing players at different parts of the season,” Clark said. “We play in a tough region, and I think our record doesn’t really show how good of a team we really are.”


• Skyline, which lost its last two games by an average of 46 points, takes over the lead with an 18-2 second quarter run.

• Hollan Schweitz leads the Eagles with 23 points while Andrew Clark adds 19.

• Timpview gets 18 points from Hunter Erickson, but he fouls out with 3:35 remaining.