Spartans Come Up Short Against Rival Dinos * WITH PHOTO GALLERY*

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On Friday the Spartans played their first home game, squaring off against the cross-county rival Carbon Dinos. The Spartans played in two of their most exciting games of the season with the junior varsity game going into overtime.

The sophomores started out the night on top, winning against the Dinos 57-28. The game started out close but Emery pulled away in the second quarter and controlled the game from there. В Both Kevin Butler and Tai Justice played really well in this game, warranting the first Co-MVPs of the season. Butler had a breakout game getting seven rebounds, and blocking seven shots. Justice continued his incredible three-point shooting, and scored 15 points from behind the line, adding 19 points total. Ridge Nielson also played well against a tough Dino frontcourt helping lead the team to the win.

Junior varsity lost a competitive overtime game to Carbon 78-75. Emery had many chances to win, but key shots at the end of regulation and in overtime were not falling for the Spartans. Once again Gavin McDermott who was one of Emery’s only players to play well late in the game. He came into the game and provided energy and drive. Mcklane Allred also assisted, hitting key shots midway through the fourth quarter before fouling out.

Varsity also lost a close, emotional game scoring a season low 53 points losing to Carbon 58-53. Poor free throw shooting killed Emery down the stretch as well as giving up offensive rebounds, and the inability to make big shots. The game also featured some controversial calls for both teams including a three point shot in the fourth by Curtis Mason where many Emery fans thought Mason got fouled. Dawson Jensen who was a beast down low especially in the first half for Emery, scoring 14 points and with 10 rebounds at half but slowed down scoring wise in the second half ending up with 15 points. В Bay Faimalo played strong and Curtis Mason hustled in his comeback game. Emery played hard but unfortunately came up with the loss and will seek revenge against the Dinos on the 28th of December at Carbon.

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