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Wasatch Academy’s Damion Squire squares up to shoot a three-point shot against Impact Academy in last Friday’s 81-64 victory in Mt Pleasant.

 

Tigers pull away in fourth

quarter for 81-64 win

 

By James Tilson

Staff writer

Mar. 8, 2018

 

MT. PLEASANT—In their last basketball game of the regular season, Wasatch Academy struggled through three quarters before coming alive in the fourth quarter to pull away from Impact Academy of Las Vegas, winning by the score 81-64.

Through three quarters, the Tigers played without the energy they usually bring on defense.

Although they managed to score up to their standards, the Tigers could not pull away from Impact Academy. At the end of the third quarter, Impact led 51-50.

Curtis Condie, coach for Wasatch Academy, said, “We didn’t play defense worth a darn” through the first three quarters.

He substituted sophomore Leonardo Colimerio at the No. 2 guard position at the beginning of the fourth quarter.

This substitution, and perhaps the coach’s speech between the quarters, sparked a big quarter for the Tigers, and they outscored Impact 31-13.

Wasatch Academy senior Matt Bradley, playing his last game in Mt. Pleasant, had a monster game for the Tigers, scoring 37 points.

Condie wanted to make sure fans from Sanpete County knew how much the team appreciated their support this year: “I want to thank all the people from Sanpete County that have bought in, and come to the games; it’s fantastic. The kids love it. They go to Walmart, Terrell’s, McDonalds, and people come up to them. They really feel like they’ve been made to feel at home. We’re very fortunate to have people like that in this community.”

The Tigers are currently ranked No. 18 in the country by USA Today and are waiting to see if they can earn their third consecutive invite to the Geico Nationals (formerly Dick’s Sporting Goods High School Championship) in New York City in about two weeks.