The Emery boys basketball team traveled to Duchesne for the Eagle Classic Tournament Friday and Saturday. Other teams in the tourney were Rich, West Wendover, and Duchesne.
On Friday the Spartans played the Rich Rebels. The sophomore team pulled out a 61-50 victory with a strong team performance and many contributions from Tyson Roper, who had a double-double with 14 points and 14 rebounds. They lead by as many as 20 before a 21 point fourth quarter from Rich allowed the Rebels to come back and make it a game.
The JV squad also pulled out a win with a final score of 69-56. Dillon Wilstead bounced back from a poor outing in Enterprise having 17 points, six assists and four steals. Drexler Tanner contributed nine boards despite a rough game offensively, only scoring four points. Emery pushed the break, and found easy opportunities at the rim leading to a quality win.
Varsity held their own against a tough, hard-working Rich team and dominated, leading to a 65-27 victory. Bailey Faimalo racked up 17 points, and seven assists while shooting 67 percent from the floor. Dawson Jensen had a double-double, ten points and ten rebounds. The Spartans did not shoot well from behind the 3-point line however, making only three of 16 attempts, equaling 19 percent after shooting 55 percent from the previous game against Enterprise. The Spartans started out with a 33-13 point lead which only continued.
On Saturday Emery played the home- town Duchesne Eagles. The sophomore team played well and routed the Eagles 83-29. Ridge Nielson and Tai Justice gave a noteworthy performance. Ridge had 17 assists and Justice ended with 32 points, most of those coming behind the arc after an assist from Ridge.
Emery’s JV team once again secured a win despite a slow start down by ten headed into halftime. A giant third quarter propelled them into the lead where they outscored the Eagles 26 to 12. Wilstead continued to impress with 24 points, four assists, and five steals. He also led the charge in the third quarter, starting off with a quick, easy basket right at the rim. Mcklane Allred scored 16 points, six of which were 3-pointers. Drexler continued to establish dominance on the glass with 15 boards, helping the team greatly with eight of the 15 rebounds being offensive boards. The final score was 69-58.
Varsity started off hot but almost collapsed in the fourth quarter squeaking by with a 63-58 win. The Spartans led by 17 at half and В 21 after the end of the third quarter but gave up a 30 point fourth quarter to the Eagles. Spencer Labrum scored eight points, shooting 60 percent while hitting two 3-pointers and pulling down 12 rebounds. Both of EmeryвЂ™s starting guards, Bailey Faimalo and Curtis Mason struggled and will look to rebound against Millard.
The Spartans finished out the weekend with a perfect 3-0 victory. Emery will travel to face Milliard on Wednesday, December 5.