Layups, jumpshots, free throws, three pointers. You name it, and Lance Maxwell had it, last Thursday. Maxwell netted 30 points in their region contest against Wayne to help the Buffs procure a 68-49 victory.

The boys began their region game a little slow as the Badgers scored the first two baskets. Maxwell struck back with a layup and generating a foul, in which he also made the free throw. This motivated the Buffaloes to jump out to a 16-8 lead with 2:45 remaining in the first. The Badgers ended the quarter on a better note by outscoring Valley 6-2 in the last two minutes to cut the deficit down to four, 18-14.

Valley came out struggling in the second, as Wayne was able to tie the game at 20 with five minutes to go. Lance Maxwell struck again and propelled Valley back to business with a few back-to-back points, giving the Buffaloes a 26-23 lead. After the score was changed to 29-26, Paul Kesling was able to lay in a basket with three seconds remaining to give Valley the 31-26 halftime advantage.

The third quarter proved to be a much better one for Valley. This was due to the strong play of Maxwell, who scored 10 of his 30 in the quarter. At the end of this period, the Buffaloes had taken a 48-38 advantage.

The final quarter belonged to the Buffaloes, who outscored the Badgers 20-11 in the quarter. Paul Kesling helped Valley outrun Wayne by scoring 10 points in this quarter. This gave the Buffaloes the energy they needed to seal the 68-49 region win. Valley played most of the night without starter Clay Williams who was in foul trouble most of the game.

Maxwell and Kesling combined for 44 points, with Kesling finishing with 14, to lead the Buffs to victory. Kesling had a double-double as he also had 11 rebounds.

The JV contest was all Valley as they stomped on the Badgers, 71-45. Valley secured the victory with a 21-4 third quarter. Morgan Hoyt led the way for Valley with 12 points, while Colby Spencer added 10.

The freshmen game also belonged to the Buffaloes. Valley outscored Wayne every quarter to run to a 59-34 win. The Buffs had a balanced attack as Colby Spencer, Josh Spencer and Dallen Esplin each put in 12 points. Riley Esplin also had 10 points for Valley.

The boys sophomore tournament took place this weekend at Escalante. The boys did very well and should be proud.

The first game of the tournament for Valley was played against Wayne County. The boys played very well as they ran out to the first game victory, 45-30. Morgan Hoyt led the way for Valley in this one with 19 points. Colby Spencer added eight points in the victory.

In the other first round competitions, Bryce Valley beat Escalante 77-26, Piute soared by Beaver 61-40, and Panguitch stomped Milford 73-47.

The second contest for the Buffaloes was played against Bryce Valley. With the help of solid defense, Valley was able to grasp a 55-43 victory, propelling the Buffs into the championship game. Colby Spencer scored 12 points for VHS. Morgan Hoyt and Tyler Reese each drained 10 points in the win.

In the consolation bracket, Wayne rolled by Escalante 61-31 and Beaver downed Milford 71-33. Piute beat Panguitch in the other championship bracket game, 61-52.

This put Piute up against Valley for the championship. The Buffs played a good, complete game against the T-Birds. However, Piute was able to get through the pressure and hand the Buffs a 49-43 loss. The loss gave Valley a second place showing in the tournament. Colby Spencer netted 19 points to lead the Buffs. Tyler Reese chipped in with nine points.

Bryce Valley slipped by Panguitch with a 50-46 victory to placed third, putting Panguith at fifth. Beaver paced by Wayne, 55-48, to step into fourth place. In the 7th/8th place game, Milford defeated Escalante 57-37.

The boys have one game this week at Escalante on January 22. Good luck boys!