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High school basketball: Emery wins in a blowout over ALA

By Hayden Johnson

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Dec. 19 2013 4:40 p.m. MST

Emery beat American Leadership Academy on Wednesday with its first blowout win of the season. The Eagles never had a chance as the Spartans downed ALA 93-46 for their fourth straight win.

Mcklane Allred had a break-out game, scoring 16 points with five 3-pointers after slumping much of the early season.

“I realized I need to stop caring how I did and start caring about my team and to just have fun,” Allred said.

Dillon Wilstead was the high point man for Emery with 18 points on an effective 78 percent shooting.

Emery, playing good team basketball, jumped out to a 19-6 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back. Five Spartans finished with double figures in scoring. Bailey Faimalo had 13 points, 10 assists and seven steals through three quarters before being taken out of the game, and Gavin McDermott was strong on the boards with 14 rebounds.

All of the starting players for Emery sat the fourth quarter, giving younger players some valuable experience playing on the varsity squad. Led by Tyson Roper, who had 17 points in eight minutes, Emery’s bench was able to finish out the game strong.

The only knock on the Spartans' performance was the need to do a better job stopping quality players. Neil Davis of ALA had 32 of the Eagles' 46 points.

Emery squares up against Carbon next on Dec. 27 in an away game, where it will look to knock off its rivals after losing to them twice last season.

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

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