High school basketball: Wasatch Academy, Liahona Academy win ahead of their Region 18 showdown

By Kevin Long

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Jan. 27 2011 9:42 p.m. MST

Brayden Facemyer gathers a rebound in a game against Tinitic. The 6'3" point guard has notched a "triple double" in back to back games.

Lori Christianson

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MOUNT PLEASANT — Wednesday, both Liahona Academy and Wasatch Academy did what they were supposed to do in Region 18 action.

Wasatch Academy jumped out to a 25-2 first quarter lead over Tintic and cruised to a 77-27 victory.

Four Tigers scored in double figures — Jarryn Skeete (16), Fred Krajacic (12), Bobby Christie (11) and Mahamoud Diop (10). Wasatch Academy played reserves for much of the game.

"Our second unit did a great job of extending the lead," said athletic director Tyler Kennedy.

Taran Taylor and Travis Green each scored 10 points for Tintic.

At Liahona, Brayden Facemyer recorded his second straight triple-double with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Warriors to a 79-28 victory over Wendover. For good measure, he added six steals and six blocks.

Brandon Nichols, whose night ended midway through the third quarter, led all scorers with 21 points, while Brigg Savage came off the bench to score 15 and Helaman Neyra added 10.

Wasatch Academy and Liahona meet Friday night in Mt. Pleasant. Both are undefeated in Region 18 play and ranked first and second in the state.

Kevin spent seven years early in his career as a community newspaper editor. He is an avid 1A basketball fan and the father of Liahona basketball coach Jeremy Long. E-mail: kevin.long@coldwellutah.com

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