Wasatch Tigers continue to win
over Utah schools, 55-47 and 65-61
By James Tilson
Feb. 15, 2018
- PLEASANT—The boys basketball team of Wasatch Academy, ranked No. 21 in the country according to USA Today, continued its roll toward a possible postseason berth in the Geico Nationals (formerly Dick’s Sporting Goods National Championships), with victories over Timpanogos High School and Davis High School last week.
Senior Damion Squire will be honored on Tuesday, Feb. 20, as the winningest high school student athlete in a three-year period in basketball in the history of the State of Utah—72 games.
On Tuesday, Feb. 6, the Tigers defeated Timpanogos High 55-47, riding a dominating first half to a 15-point lead before weathering a second-half comeback scare from the visiting Timberwolves.
According to Curtis Condie, Wasatch Academy’s coach, preparation was again key for the Tigers: “We did a great job of defending them and taking them completely out of their offense.”
Tyrese Samuel led the Tigers with 18 points, with Damion Squire adding 15 and Marvin “Tre” Williams III 13.
Condie said he appreciates other Utah schools, especially schools from Salt Lake and Utah counties, coming to Mt. Pleasant to play Wasatch Academy.
And, apparently, that appreciation goes both ways. Condie said, “I got a great email from a parent from Timpanogos saying that his son could not say enough good things about our student athletes and how nice they were, and the father went on to say what a class act program we are. That meant a lot.”
Last Saturday, Feb. 10, the Tigers played a very tight contest at home against Davis High, a 6A state finalist hopeful.
The Tigers only held a three-point advantage at halftime but then doubled Davis in the third quarter and held on against Davis’ comeback attempt in the fourth quarter and won 65-61.
“[Davis] can really shoot the ball, and they made some threes late to make it interesting at the end,” said Condie.
Davis scored 11 threes to the Tigers’ three, while the Tigers put in 16 of 19 free throws to Davis’ four of four.
Wasatch will play Juan Diego Catholic High School on Friday at 7 p.m., and then Senior Night will be on Tuesday, Feb. 20, when the Tigers will host Jordan High at 7 p.m.
Condie urged the public to come out and honor Wasatch Academy’s seniors, and he especially noted senior Damion Squire: “Squire is going to leave Wasatch Academy as the winningest high school student athlete in a three-year period in basketball in the history of the State of Utah. No other [Utah] student athlete has ever won 72 games in a three-year period. Plus, he’s a straight-A student.”