OREM — The first round match-up between Waterford and Enterprise started off with the look of being an easy game. But it turned into a nail-biter toward the end.
The Ravens came away with a 48-43 win over the Wolves, thanks to some clutch free throws at the end of the game and their defense. Junior Alexander Priskos was the on-court general for Waterford and he made his presence felt.
“I just try to do my job,” Priskos said. “I know my roll. I’m not a scorer; I’m not even the best defender. I’m just in there to get us a win.”
Ravens head coach Ryan Judd has had Priskos in the starting line-up since he was a freshman and has leaned on him to be a strong player for the Ravens in the postseason.
“He wants to be in these moments,” Judd said. “In these playoff games he has been on the wrong side things and he has learned from them.”
Waterford’s defense gave Enterprise a lot of trouble at the beginning of the game. The Ravens are the fourth-ranked defense for 2A in the state. Judd and his team take a lot in pride in being able to shut down teams offensively. Junior Cale Lopez had a big impact on the game with several steals.
“Cale takes pride in his defense,” Judd said. “We had a pretty good game plan and the kids executed.”
Despite going into halftime with a nine-point lead, Waterford came out slow in the third quarter and the Wolves offense was able to take advantage and cut the lead to three. Judd blames the comeback on his lack of substitutions.
In the fourth quarter, Enterprise used the perimeter shooting of senior Clay Whitman to bring the game even closer. Unfortunately, the Wolves couldn’t make up the ground because of the free-throw shooting of Waterford.
“I think a light went on in their eyes where just kind of said, ‘All right, we gotta do this,’ and they mentally put free throws on the front of their mind and hit them,” Judd said.
The Ravens move on to play Summit Academy in the quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 25 in Richfield.