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Junior Guard Emmanuel Akot looks to pass in the Tigers’ game against Layton. Wasatch crushed the Lancers, 87-53.

Junior Guard Emmanuel Akot looks to pass in the Tigers’ game against Layton. Wasatch crushed the Lancers, 87-53.

Wasatch takes out Layton 87-53 in home game

By Matt Harris

Staff writer

12-22-2016

MT. PLEASANT—The Wasatch Academy Tigers are scratching yet another name off of their in-state hit-list with a convincing 87-53 home victory over the 5A Layton Lancers.

Layton is two years removed from a 5A championship and reached the 5A semifinals last year, marking the win as another statement game for the Tigers.

Star guard Emmanuel Akot recorded his first 30-point game of the season against Layton in a game the Tigers controlled from start to finish. Much of Akot’s performance came from distance, hitting five threes.

“He put up a bunch of points, as usual,” head coach Curtis Condie said.

Wasatch’s offense also got double-figured contributions out of senior Michael Okafor, with 11 points, and junior Damion Squire, 10 points. Great defense led to a 45-20 lead at halftime for the Tigers.

“I was really happy with our effort, especially defensively,” Condie said. “They all played with tremendous heart.”

Currently, the Tigers are playing in the San Fernando Invite in California. Scores and story for the tournament will be reported next week.

The next time Wasatch is in Utah will be when they host Manti on Saturday, Jan. 7.