RICHFIELD — The Layton Christian Academy Eagles began their title defense at the Sevier Valley Center Thursday afternoon, defeating the Enterprise Wolves 64-52.
Micah Petty led the way with a team-best 12 points, all from behind the arc, while center Braxton Meah chipped in 11 points.
Enterprise was led by Chasen Truman, who led all scorers with 14 points.
The end result, which was not as close as the final score indicated, was all Layton Christian head coach Bobby Porter could ask for.
“It was first game of the tournament,” said Porter. “We played a lot of people. We just tried to get them acclimated to the floor.”
“I am happy we won,” Porter continued. “We are going to the next round.”
While that eventuality was never really in doubt, Layton Christian has yet to lose to a 2A opponent this season for a reason, the Wolves did their best to hang with the defending champs.
Thanks to an early three-point barrage, Ryan Holt drilled two and Truman another, the Wolves actually led deep into the opening period.
Perhaps more impressively, Enterprise proved successful in navigating the length and quickness of the Eagles full court press.
At the end of one, the score stood 14-13 LCA, with the Wolves squarely in it.
From there on, however, save for a late fourth-quarter burst by Enterprise, it was all Layton Christian.
The champs outscored their opponents by a combined 17 points in the second and third quarters, thanks in large part to their defense.
With Meah in the middle, and players like Jesus Tomasi, about whom Porter noted, “Jesus plays great defense for us. He does all the intangibles,” harassing the Enterprise ball carriers on the outside, the Eagles built what proved to be an insurmountable lead.
The full court press, which the Wolves had proven adept at breaking, began to have an effect as well.
"We took their legs," said Porter. "Press isn’t so much about stealing the ball every time, it forces you to play uptempo."
The Eagles were no less impressive on the offensive end, headlined by Petty. Per Porter, Petty has proven himself a more than capable floor general.
“Micah Petty is the one that is steady for us,” said Porter. “He does a great job.”
Enterprise made a run at the Eagles in the fourth, aided by the effort and defense of Jaylon Gardner. Gardner had multiple blocked shots in the final frame, and capably kept players like Meah and Lino Saez from dominating the paint.
For Porter and the Eagles, the win was only the beginning, in more ways than one.
“Four of our five starters are juniors,” said Porter. “I am really happy about that. I am happy that we are going to the next round.”
Layton Christian will continue its title defense against Beaver on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.
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