Wendover battled to gain the highest state seed left available in the Region 18 ranks.
The Wildcats did just that when Wendover rolled to a decisive 105-47 victory over East Carbon Friday at WHS.
Matt Mascaro poured in a game high 25 points and Manuel Alvarez pumped in 18 to lead the way for the ‘Cats. Ciano Sweat also provided 13 and Brayen Soriano hit for nine.
The lopsided triumph enabled Wendover to earn the third seed from the region ranks and a home playoff game Monday against West Ridge Academy.
Unfortunately, the Fighting Eagles refused to cooperate with the ‘Cats and spoiled Wendover’s bid for a state tournament berth when West Ridge rallied for an 18-12 outburst in the final frame of the game to capture a 72-66 victory and eliminate the ‘Cats from post-season play.
Mascaro fired in 25 and Segio Sanchez netted 14 to pave the way for the ‘Cats in the game. Soriano also contributed 12 as well.
The league victory gave Wendover a 7-5 region record on the season and the playoff loss completed the ‘Cat’s overall with a 10-12 mark on the season.
Wendover Coach Clayton Carter said his team picked the right opportunity to play their best overall game of the year against East Carbon.
“We played our best game of the year,” he stated. “We played four quarters of solid basketball. We ran our offense to a T. All of the kids got into the boxscore. We just played fantastic. We played well against West Desert (two days earlier) and it gave the kids a lot of confidence. The kids felt like it was time we got it all together and played well.”
Wendover 105- East Carbon 47
The Wildcats completely demolished the Vikings from start to finish in a league affair Friday at Wendover.
Wendover blitzed East Carbon with a 33-7 barrage in the first frame and cruised to an easy region triumph. Matt Mascaro torched the nets for 14 points, including a pair of 3-point bombs, to open the game and Manuel Alvarez pumped in three field goals as well. Ciano Sweat also provided a pair of baskets while Christian Aranda, Brayen Soriano, Sergio Sanchez and Lynn Maddox chipped in with a field goal each as well.
Steve Brown pumped in five points and Kyle Leonard added a pair of free throws for East Carbon in the opening session.
The Wildcats tacked on a 20- 10 assault in the second stanza to seize a 53-17 lead by intermission. Sanchez produced five points while Alvarez and Garrett Burningham netted four each. Mascaro also chipped in with a three-point play while Aranda and Maddox added two points each as well.
Wendover erupted for a 35-12 explosion in the third quarter to extend the margin to 88-29 with one period still remaining. Sweat led the way with nine points in the period, including a 3-point bomb, while Alvarez chipped in with eight, also hitting a pair of 3-point bombs along the way. Mascaro tossed in seven points and Soriano netted five as well.
The Vikings did outscore the ‘Cats 18-17 in the final frame. Miguel Martinez led Wendover with four points in the session and Frankie Gonzales tallied three points. Rogelio Martinez and Landon Mikesell also recorded two points each for the ‘Cats and John Ratliff canned a free throw as well.
Wa. Acad. 59 – Wen. 47
The Tigers handed the Wildcats a costly league setback that could have clinched a third place seed and home state playoff for Wendover with a win Feb. 18 at Mt. Pleasant.
Wasatch Academy opened the game with a 9-0 run in the first frame and never trailed the rest of the way. The Tigers tacked on a 12-7 outburst in the second stanza to build a 21-7 lead at intermission.
Mascaro flipped in five of the team’s seven points in the period and Manuel Alvarez added a basket to complete the first-half scoring for the ‘Cats.
Wasatch Academy outscored Wendover 20-13 in the third period to build a cozy 41-20 lead headed into the final frame.
Alvarez fired in five points and Garrett Burningham tallied four to lead the way for Wendover in the quarter. Brayen Soriano and Mascaro also contributed two points each for the ‘Cats.
Wendover did log a 27-18 barrage in the fourth quarter. Mascaro ignited the ‘Cat comeback bid with 12 points in the session, including a 3-point bomb, while Sergio Sanchez hit for seven, also hitting a 3-point missile along the way.
Tahara led the Tigers with a team high 17 and Kazenga hit for 14. Manwell also contributed 13 and Chen tallied nine.
Mascaro paced the two teams with a game high 19 and Alvarez recorded 13. Sanchez also hit for seven while Soriano and Burningham flipped in four points each for the ‘Cats.