The Wasatch Academy Tigers headed to Southern California December 16-20, for the Ed Baker SFV Basketball Tournament. The Boys Varsity Team brought their A-game and cleaned house with four wins to ultimately become the Ed Baker SFV Tournament Champions for the 2nd year in a row.
Entering the tournament, Wasatch Academy took on Chatsworth (CA) wrapping the game with more than a 50-point lead, 86-33. Junior Marvin “TRE” Williams III scored 17-points with junior Bernardo Da Silva scoring 15pts.
The Tigers then played St Francis (CA) where senior Matt Bradley carried the team with 25 points, resulting in an 82-41 win against St Francis.
For the semi-finals, the Tigers took on Milken (CA). Williams commanded the court with 14-points supported by junior Tyrese Samuel, senior Matt Bradley, and sophomore Mady Sissoko each contributing 12-points for a 72-57 win. Coach Condie remarked, “We have done a good job of defensively stopping teams from scoring. We are giving up 45 points a game, in the two games and we are using a 35 second shot clock. We are getting more possessions and doing a good job on the defensive end.”
In the championship game, Wasatch Academy defeated Granada Hills 60-48. Damion Squire scored 20-points supported by Williams 13-points. Matt Bradley, senior guard headed to Cal, was named tournament MVP. Coach Condie went on to say “I liked how we were able to fight through the adversity that this tournament presented us. We finished off and completed our goal of being back to back San Fernando Valley Invitational Champions! “
The San Fernando Valley Invitational Tournament made its debut in December of 2005. Since then, it has quickly evolved into one of the elite tournaments in all of Southern California.
The Tigers are currently ranked No. 21 by USA Today and are #1 within the Frontier region with an 11-1 season. They will have a well-deserved break before they pick up the ball again on January 6, 2018, when they will compete against Canyon View at 7 pm.