RICHFIELD — Summit Academy had some trouble with Waterford in Thursday's quarterfinal matchup of the boys’ 2A state tournament, but still came away with a 68-58 win.
The Bears started off well and established a good lead, but every time the lead would grow the Ravens would fight back and make it close again. Summit Academy relied on the play of its point guard, senior Darrin Gethers, to ultimately prevail.
“I’ve never really had a point guard like him,” Summit Academy coach Evric Gray said. “It’s hard to guard him. I trust his offense better than their defense.”
Gethers racked up 24 points and added six assists by using his superior speed against Waterford's guards. More often than not Gethers would drive the lane and shoot or pass to one of his teammates for an easy bucket. Senior Tyranny Pace helped Gethers on the scoring end with 14 points and three 3-pointers of his own.
Waterford’s junior Jackson Sponaugle did a lot of damage and helped the Ravens recover from the Bears' leads. Sponaugle finished with 19 points and was a perfect six for six from the free-throw line.
Despite the win, Gray was still not happy with his team’s play throughout the game. Gray thinks his team struggled too much with free throws and turnovers along with a bigger issue.
“We played like crap again,” Gray said. “It’s just us getting to trust each other, that’s the big issue we’ve had all year. We never really put four quarters together.”
Summit Academy advances to the semifinals where they will face Emery on Friday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.