Wasatch Academy, ranked sixth nationally, creams Utah teams

Wasatch Academy’s Richie Saunders drives past his defender in the Tigers’ home game against the Bountiful Braves last Saturday afternoon. The Tigers prevailed 92-54 in that contest.

Wasatch Academy, ranked sixth nationally, creams Utah teams


By Matt Harris




MOUNT PLEASANT—Wasatch Academy doubly proved themselves the basketball kings of Utah last week with a two-game thumping of some talented Wasatch Front teams.

            Taking a break from their usual traveling schedule, Wasatch easily defeated 4A Tooele, 110-44, on Friday Jan. 11 and then came back to squash 5A Bountiful, 92-54, on Saturday Jan. 12.  Both games were played at home.

Tooele visited the Tigers as a replacement squad, filling in for undefeated 6A power American Fork. American Fork cancelled their contest with Wasatch the Monday prior to their Friday game, thus shutting down what would have been a matchup of the top two teams in the state.

            Rumors spread on social media inferred that American Fork was trying to protect their perfect record. However, those rumors were countered by a Wasatch Academy Athletics press release, which reported the Cavemen were dealing with injuries to their squad.

            While BYU commit Bernardo Da Silva only netted 8 points against the Pioneers, junior phenom Mady Sissoko led all scorers with 21 points. Five Tigers scored in double figures.

            Against Bountiful, it was more of the same, as Sissoko lead all scorers again, part of a balanced attack in which seven Wasatch players netted double figures for the night.

            Wasatch Academy now ranks as high as No. 6 in MaxPreps national rankings. They will be back on the road this weekend with their biggest matchup of the season so far, taking on Fairfax High School in Los Angeles, Calif., ranked No.12 in the same poll. They will then travel to face No. 24 Clark County in Nevada for an undefeated border battle, before returning home to host Timpanogos, ranked No. 8 in Utah.