Emery opened its 2013-14 boys basketball campaign at home against the visiting Enterprise Wolves. In a game that tested the Spartans defensively, Emery was able to stop Enterprise’s comeback, winning 71-67.
The Spartans started out shooting poorly and remained cold throughout the game. Coach Todd Jeffs found room for improvement in their shooting, saying that the “Spartans shot poorly but played hard. That is something we can build on.”
The Wolves pounded the ball down low consistently and Justin Prisbrey could not be stopped, scoring 28 points.
It was neck and neck for most of the game, with the teams tied after the first quarter and Emery only holding a small lead after the half. Emery gave itself a 10-point cushion in the third as a result of steals and easy buckets, but had to survive a late rally by Enterprise, which got within five but was unable to close the gap.
Free throws were big down the stretch for Emery as Bay Faimalo and Mcklane Allred came up big, ensuring the Spartan win. Drexler Tanner also had a huge offensive rebound putback that sealed the game for Emery.
The guard play was solid for the Spartans, with Dillon Wilstead netting 17 points. Faimalo had a complete game, scoring 22 points to go along with 13 assists, eight rebounds, and seven steals. Allred scored 10, including a big buzzer-beating three at the end of the first quarter.
Gavin McDermott also played well early and had some decisive buckets down the stretch. He finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds.
The Spartans will look to continue their streak against Beaver on Dec. 4.