High school basketball: Emery struggles at 2A-3A boys preview

By Hayden Johnson

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Dec. 9 2013 2:53 p.m. MST

Emery High’s boys basketball team traveled to Richfield on Friday to participate in the 2A-3A boys preview. The Spartans squared off against the Parowan Rams and the Enterprise Wolves at the Sevier Valley Center, losing both games.

The Spartans began their weekend by playing Parowan on Friday morning. Emery started off the game up 5-0 early but struggled to score in the first quarter with the game knotted up at 9 after one. Fouls also plagued the Spartans, and players like Gavin McDermott got into foul trouble early.

To start the second, the Rams pulled ahead 18-11 by getting to the free throw line and knocking down threes; the first half ended with Parowan ahead 31-25.

Emery came out after halftime attacking the basket and tied the game after consecutive three-pointers by Bailey Faimalo, but was unable to hit critical shots and execute down the stretch and ending up falling to the Rams 54-50.

Faimalo was the top scorer with 17 points and added seven assists, five rebounds and two steals. Dillon Wilstead contributed nine points to go along with five assists, and Drexler Tanner had an efficient seven points on 3-of-4 shooting and pulled in 10 rebounds.

Up next was the Enterprise Wolves, who the Spartans had played and defeated earlier in the season in a close one, 71-67. This game wasn’t nearly as close as the Spartans lost 76-57. The Spartans once again jumped out to an early lead 9-4 and the game was competitive in the first quarter, with several lead changes and two ties, but Enterprise pulled out to 26-20 lead and never looked back.

The Wolves were able to consistently bang the ball down low and get themselves to the free throw line to lead by as much as 22 at one point. In the end they were just too much for Emery to handle.

Justin Prisbrey was once huge for Enterprise and continued to give the Spartans fits down low with 33 points. Wilstead was the high point man for Emery with 18 points, Faimalo struggled shooting but put up nine points and five assists, Mcklane Allred netted 14 points with three three-pointers and Tanner continued to crash to boards with 10 rebounds.

“As hard as losses are, we’re glad to be getting the chance to learn and improve and see the specific things we need to work on so that when crunch time comes we’re more prepared,” Tanner said.

The Spartans face Union next in Roosevelt where they’ll look to bounce back for a win.

Hayden is an aspiring sports writer. Check out his blog at hjsportsblog.blogspot.com Follow Hayden on Twitter @HJ_3207 Contact him at hayden@emeryschools.org

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