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Nationally ranked Wasatch wins four, loses one in California games

Nationally ranked Wasatch wins four, loses one in California games

 

Matt Harris

Staff writer

12-1-2016

 

 

MT. PLEASANT—The nationally-ranked Wasatch Academy boys basketball team began their season in winning fashion.

Beginning the season in West Hills, Calif., the Tigers played in the Chaminade High Tournament between Monday and Saturday, Nov. 21-26, and came home with an impressive 4-1 record, posting wins over some of the top programs in the nation.

Wasatch began with a win over Newbury Park, Calif., 69-31, and a win over Simi Valley, Calif., 84-55. They then took it to El Camino 76-52.

The Tigers hit a snag in their run when they faced Winward. Although the game was close for three quarters, Winward pulled away from the Tigers in the fourth to seal the fate of Wasatch. Junior Emmanuel Akot led all scorers with 21 points.

Although the loss killed Wasatch’s chances of a perfect season early, they quickly rebounded and ended the tournament with a 68-41 victory over Beverly Hills.

The best performance of the tournament for Wasatch came from junior Damion Squire, when he poured in 23 points against Simi Valley, hitting four threes.

Wasatch played a big game at Southern Utah University yesterday, but the score is unavailable. They played Findlay Prep, Nev., one of the most storied programs in the country. In the last six years, ten players from Findlay have made the NBA. After that game, they will face the Academy of Sports Science, Calif., at home tomorrow.