Wasatch Academy Tigers enter a competitive basketball season after securing two wins from the Utah County Invite at the UCCU Center in Orem, Utah.The first win against Mountain View High School left the Bruins with a 75-38 upset. The Tigers went on to play the Herriman Mustangs, securing yet another early season win, 63-28.
University of California-Berkeley signee, Matt Bradley, dominated the Mountain View game scoring 20 points and UC Davis signee, Damion Squire, locking down 16 pts for the Tigers. Junior Bernardo Da Silva managed 5 successful rebounds shots.
The first game against the Mountain View Bruins may not have challenged Utah state’s oldest high school all-star team, but Mountain View head coach Alan Groves said he got what he wanted out of the game. “What we are working on is competing for every second of every game,” he said. “We don’t have a ton of varsity experience and we knew we would be outmatched, this was exactly what we were looking for. I think it will pay off later in the season.”
During the Herriman game early Wednesday morning, The Tigers held Herriman, a 6A team, to 12 points at the half with no points being scored by Herriman in the 3rd quarter.
After losing four all-star seniors, the Tigers walk into the season with only four returning players, creating a little bit of a challenge for the team. The team has spent the majority of early season training working on defense. “I think the hard work is showing as we held Mountain View and Herriman, both quality, hard playing teams, by approximately 40 points,” says head coach Curtis Condie.
At press time, the Wasatch Academy Tigers are ranked first in the state, and according to USA Today, #15 in the nation; and the Tigers have set ambitious goals for themselves. The team looks forward to getting back to Dick’s Nationals, “We are tired of not winning the entire championship and this year is our year to shine,” said Coach Condie.