Spartans win 3 straight, show promise
|Tyler Killpack stands his ground as the Canyon View player comes down on his back.|
After experiencing two losses by narrow margins the previous week, the youthful Spartans won three straight games. On Tuesday last week, Emery traveled to Heber City and came back with 54-47 win. On Friday and Saturday last week in the eight-team tournament held at the school, Emery first defeated Canyon View 51-46 and then defeated Uintah 63-54.
Senior Dave Justice led the team in scoring each game and is playing a controlled point guard position as he leads the team. Justice has a deceptively quick step to the basket and scores well in traffic inside the lane. He had 17 points, 21 points and 20 points in the three games.
Against Wasatch, Emery used a big fourth quarter to snare the win. It was 14-9 for Wasatch after the first period, 24-17 for Wasatch at the half, 38-34 for Wasatch after three periods but a 20-9 final period for the Spartans got them the victory. In that final period, Justice had 3 baskets and was 1 for 2 at the free throw line for 7 points. Sophomore Karson Jensen went 6 for 6 at the free throw line for his only points of the game. Jordan Gee hit 2 free throws, Gatlin Huntington was 3 for 4 at the line and Kyler Edgehouse hit a basket.
It was another good fourth quarter that got Emery the win over Canyon View. After leading 13-6 at the end of the first period, Emery was outscored by 8 points in the second quarter and Emery trailed 33-32 after the third period. Emery outscored the Falcons 19-13 in the final quarter. Justice had 3 baskets and was 5 for 5 at the line for 11 points in the quarter. Dempsey Jeffs hit two shots, one a 3-pointer and Gee hit a 3-pointer also in that quarter.
And why spoil a good thing when it appears that it is working. Again, against Uintah it was the fourth quarter where the Spartans grabbed the win. Emery trailed by 3 after the first period, led by 3 at the half and led by one after three periods. Emery outscored the Utes 19-11 in the final quarter to get their third in a row. This time the final period belonged to Karson Jensen. Jensen was again 6 for 6 at the free throw line and also hit two long jump shots to finish with 10 points in the period. Jeffs had a basket, Justice was 3 for 4 at the line, and Huntington and Edgehouse also each had a basket in the period.
With this being Emery's youngest basketball team in many years, maybe forever, nobody was quite sure what was to be expected out of this group of players. After five games, it is safe to say that this team should be in the hunt every time they take the floor. They appear to have about eight different players that play good defense and can also score when opportunity knocks. They each have different roles to play and each is working hard to be successful.
Also scoring against Wasatch was Nevin Jensen with 2 points, Jeffs with 8 points, Gee with 7 points, Huntington and Jensen with 6 points, Edgehouse with 5 points and Tyler Killpack with 4 points.
Also scoring against the Falcons was Nevin with 3 points, Jeffs with 11 points, Gee with 5 points, Edgehouse with 3 points, Killpack with 2 points and Karson with 6 points.
Also scoring against Uintah was Karson with 14 points and Edgehouse with 13 points, Jeffs had 6 points, Killpack had 4 points and Nevin and Huntington each had 3 points.
Emery is home Tuesday hosting Grand at 7:00pm and JV action starts at 5:30. Emery travels to Hurricane and Pine-view on Thursday and Friday.