Byline: Travis Madsen
Note: Wasatch Academy has two basketball programs for boys. The USSA teams described in this article compete against private, charter and non-traditional schools within Utah. The independent team begins their season Tuesday and will play a national schedule.
The Wasatch Academy USSA Boys Basketball teams participated in the Utah Schools Sports Association (USSA) preseason Jamboree on Friday, November 21st. This is an evening of fun and basketball. All games are shortened into ten minute, running clock halves with one minute for halftime and five minutes between games. Both Wasatch Academy teams entered as varsity squads and each will be playing a full varsity schedule this season.
The evening began with Team B matching up with DaVinci Academy. Lucas Roth started this basketball season in style with a perfectly executed midrange jumper. Both teams battled and the game ended in favor of DaVinci by 5 points.
Game two matched the A Team with a solid team from Walden. Team defense and balanced scoring won this game for Wasatch Academy by 10 points with a notable performance by Tyler Jessee at the post position and seven different players scoring for Wasatch Academy.
Game three matched up Team B with the Spectrum Wolves. The B Team came together at both ends of the court and were able to win this one by 15.
Game four was Team A versus Uinta River. Swarming defense and balanced scoring produced another win for Team A.
Game five became a war of attrition for Team B as they matched up against the much larger Uinta River team. The B team battled through the exhaustion but came up a bit short as Uinta River was able to run out the clock with a 2 point lead in the end.
Game six resulted in another solid win for the A Team as they dismantled the Utah Military Academy with intense defense that lead to quick hit offense. Every player on the A Team scored in this game again demonstrating what can be accomplished through a balanced team effort.
The final game of the evening proved offensively frustrating for the B Team as the basket seemed to have a lid on it for most of the game. Several shots looked good but then rattled around the rim and popped out. Defensively, the B Team held the Utah Military Academy to single digit scoring with a solid team effort and key rebounding by Cameron McNary and Jack Liu. When the final buzzer sounded, the B Team came up short but ended the evening with another defensive stop.