Parowan made the drive to Emery on Tuesday to face off against the Spartans in a non-region game. The Rams came in with a 8-6 record and were hot coming off a three game win streak, with their most recent win against Millard.
The sophomores continued their trend of getting steals and easy layups in transition as they rolled over the Rams 77-34 to stay perfect throughout the year. Parowan fought hard, rebounded well, but the high-powered Spartan offense was too much for them. Tyson Roper and Tai Justice both scored high with 19 and 23 respectively. Roper also contributed with five rebounds and shot an impressive 80%. In the first, Roper had a three-point play and in the second Justice also got a three-point play. Ridge Nielson continued his streak of double digit assists, dishing out 12 over the course of the game. Jordan Tuttle burst onto the scene, scoring 13 and grabbing 6 boards while playing tough down low. Emery’s sophomore team has continued to look unstoppable and will look to finish the season undefeated.
Emery junior varsity played well against Parowan, especially in the first half, and got the win 72-54. Emery played pretty ball in an all-around team performance. Four players scored in double digits for the Spartans. In the first quarter they came out hot and hit two straight threes and then a steal for a layup but were shaky on defense they tightened it up and jumped out to the lead. In the second quarter it was more of the same for Emery and they scored 21 points in the quarter. Beau Roundy had a great dunk in the second as well. In the first half Parowan only had four rebounds and the Spartans forced them into 12 turnovers. In the third quarter the Rams made a run to get within 10 but Emery pushed the lead back up to 20 in the fourth and cruised to the win. Gavin McDermott who had 16 points and 10 rebounds, along with three blocked shots. Ridge Nielson played well in JV minutes and scored 11 while dishing out seven assists. JV seems to be working well with Ridge at point and hasn’t lost a step.
Emery played in another close one and held off a late game rally to win 53-50. Neither team ever really pulled away at any point in the game and the Rams hung on. Emery’s inside game had one of their best games of the year and they rebounded well and blocked seven shots as a team. The Spartans also continued to shoot well from the floor as a result of getting the ball down low for high percentage shots. They struggled however at hitting threes and free throws which allowed Parowan to stay in the game longer and make it a much closer game at the end than it should have been. Bay Faimalo continued his stellar play at the point with 14 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Dawson Jensen is the MVP of the game based on his 19 points, five rebounds, and three blocked shots. Dawson is the anchor of the Spartans and it showed in this game as he was able to dominate the Rams frontcourt players. Emery has looked much better in recent game and now has a record of 9-5 and 2-1 in region. The Spartans will face San Juan in Blanding on Friday.