Spartans Cruise Past San Juan in Final Region Matchup

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Emery played in their second to last game and final region game on Friday, facing off against the San Juan Broncos. The Broncos came into the game with 9-7 record and were 2-3 in region only ahead of Grand who was 0-8.

The sophomore game was a blowout with Emery coming out on top 80-52. The Broncos worked hard however and out-hustled the Spartans for portions of the game before ultimately falling to Emery’s fast break prowess. Every single player for the Spartans scored and two players, Tyson Roper and Tai Justice, scored over 20 points. Roper scored a team-high 23 points and added five assists and eight rebounds. Justice and Ridge Nielson also played well. Justice scored 21 and converted a rare four-point play while Nielson scored 12 and dished out 10 assists.

In the junior varsity game Emery pulled out the win 87-84. The first half was a close, back-and-forth game. Neither team ever led by more than four points in the first half. In the third the Spartans pulled ahead thanks greatly to their hustle and getting to the foul line where they shot 20-24 for the game. Emery was up seven but the Broncos rallied to tie the game until Roper took an important charge and Drexler Tanner got an offensive rebound and put it back in to clinch the game. Mcklane Allred scored 25 including four three pointers. Four other Spartans, Justice, Gavin McDermott, Roper and Ridge Nielson, scored in double digits as well. Tanner also contributed with 14 rebounds and McDermott had six blocks.

Emery won its varsity game and was in control most of the game, winning 72-62. The Spartans started out well despite shooting poorly but got better shooting the ball, and finished shooting 54 percent. The score wouldn’t have been as close if not for a San Juan 8-0 run in the fourth. David Dyer had his best game of the year by pouring in 15 points, his highest this season. Bailey Faimalo had 16 points, 10 assists, and seven rebounds. Dawson Jensen had 18 points and seven rebounds and Brendon Jorgensen added 10 points.

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