Wasatch Academy Avenges 2017 Loss with Dominance in the 2018 Great Western Shootout Finale

Credit: Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

Credit: Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald


by Jared Lloyd, Daily Herald

(December 8, 2018) — The Wasatch Academy boys basketball players entered the 2018 Great Western Shootout with a bad taste in their mouths.

The Tigers have set a standard of playing basketball at an elite level and the fact that they lost to Richland, Washington, in a game in 2017 still stung.

They were determined that things would be different this year — and they proved it on the court.

Wasatch Academy completed a sweep of the three games, rolling past a talented Santa Margarita, California, squad that features three Division I recruits in the finals, 83-55.

The Tigers jumped out quickly in the first quarter and never trailed, leading 25-13 after the first quarter and 45-27 at halftime.

Wasatch Academy had a balanced scoring effort as five players finished with double-digits. Leading the way was Marvin “Tre” Williams III, who had 18 points.

BYU commit Bernardo Da Silva tallied 13 points and six rebounds for the Tigers, while Mike Saunders (13 points), Richie Saunders (14) and Mady Sissoko (14) also had solid scoring contributions.

One of the biggest keys to success for Wasatch Academy was slowing Eagle star Max Agbonkpolo. He finished with just 12 points and was 0-for-7 from beyond the arc.

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