The number two ranked 2A team and last year’s 2A state champion South Sevier Rams travelled to Emery High to play the Spartans, Friday. South Sevier boasts the leader in points per game this year and arguably the best player in 2A is Race Parsons who was MVP of 2A last year as a junior. The Rams came in with a 10-3 record. The game was also Emery’s first in region play.
The sophomore game was once again a blowout. Emery went off to score a lot of points and rolled over the Rams in the win 74-31. Emery started off with a quick layup off of the tip and then a steal into a transition three to take the lead 5-0 after only 20 seconds of gameplay. The Spartans tough defense and active hands didn’t even let South Sevier score until midway through the third where they led 13-0. After South Sevier finally scored their first basket, Emery went on another run of great defense and led at one point 29-2. The largest lead of the game for the Spartans ended up being in the middle of the fourth quarter where they led by 50 before South Sevier scored seven in garbage time to lose by 43. The most impressive trend of the season continued for the sophomores which is the Ridge Nielson, Tai Justice combination who were once again on top of their game and got Emery steals, easy layups, and open shots. Ridge had five points and 11 assists and the MVP of the game is Tai Justice who had 18 points. Emery also rebounded well, outrebounding South Sevier 39-13. It was a change of pace for the Spartans who could В slow down the tempo and run through their sets and work on their play which will help prepare them for stronger competition.
Junior varsity won a well-fought game, stopping a South Sevier comeback attempt and winning 65-63. The game started out with South Sevier leading the Spartans most of the first until Emery rallied to a 7-0 run to end the first quarter. Emery continued the trend in the second and pulled out to a 13 point lead. Right before halftime the game turned into a three point competition, the Rams hit a three and Otis Addison answered right back with a three of his own, and then South Sevier hit a three to beat the buzzer before the half. In the third quarter the Rams refused to go away and forced Dillon Wilstead into 2 straight turnovers which propelled a comeback to get them within seven at the end of three. In the fourth South Sevier continued their comeback with a three right off the bat and then stole the ball and got two straight trips to the line to tie up the game. Until four minutes left in the fourth it was all South Sevier who proceeded to hit a three from deep and get back to the line to get out ahead of the Spartans by five. However, Mcklane Allred saved the game for Emery when he hit three back to back to back clutch three pointers to push Emery’s lead to three and finish out the game. Mcklane ended with 26 on his birthday and is the clear MVP of the game. He hit seven three pointers and was the driving force for Emery late in the game. Dillon Wilstead played well, especially in the clutch. He had his best game of the year for distributing the ball and had 12 assists to go along with his 10 points. Addison scored 15 in the win. It was a quality win for the Spartans and they look good at this point in the year.
Varsity had a tough task ahead of them and lost 73-60 in what was a much closer game than the scoreboard shows. Emery threatened to beat the Rams before the Rams finished business in the fourth. The game started out as it often does with Emery not coming out of the gate well and they fell behind 17-8 in the first quarter. Emery warmed up however and came out with a great second quarter where they scored 25 points and were only down four headed into the half. The next two quarters were all fight from the Spartans and played as well as they have all year in the second half of the game. Bay Faimalo earned his fourth foul and was forced to sit the bench most of the third and that hurt the Spartans with them not being able to spread the ball around as well as they would have liked to. The game remained competitive though the fourth until South Sevier punished Emery with their inside game where they pulled out the lead and kept it for the rest of the game. Five Emery players scored nine points or more in a good team scoring effort. Mcklane Allred came off the bench and made four of six threes which was the spark that helped keep the Spartans in the game. Dawson Jensen also had a solid game where he scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Bay Faimalo had 10 points and seven assists, and if he hadn’t gotten into foul trouble early, very well could have propelled Emery over the Rams to win the game. Emery’s next game will be against the Richfield Wildcats in another home game on Wednesday, January 9.