Wendover knew it needed a victory over rival Tintic to remain in the hunt for the third place seed in the Region 18 boys basketball ranks and a home playoff game.
The Wildcats weren’t about to let the Miners enjoy any hopes of spoiling those hopes.
Wendover outscored Tintic in all four frames to register a lopsided 83-60 victory over the Miners Feb. 11 at WHS.
Matt Mascaro poured in a game high 32 and Manuel Alvarez tossed in 14. Garrett Burningham netted 11 and Christian Aranda contributed eight for the victors. Rylee Underwood torched the nets for a game high 39 and Brad Ryan poured in eight.
However, Wendover took a big hit in its bid to sew up the third seed and a home playoff game when Wasatch Academy handed the ‘Cats a 59-47 setback Friday in Mt. Pleasant.
Reo Tahara popped the cords for a team high 19 and Chris Kayonga tossedin 14 to lead the Tigers to the pivotal league triumph. Peter Maxwell also contributed 13 in the victory.
Matt Mascaro led all scorers in the affair with a game high 21 and Manuel Alvarez tossed in 13. Sergio Sanchez also provided seven for the visitors.
Wendover now ventures to Trout Creek Wednesday to tangle with league co-leader West Desert in a 6 p.m. bout. The ‘Cats complete the regular season slate Friday with a home bout with East Carbon at 7 p.m.
The league setback drops Wendover’s overall record to 9-10 on the season and gives the ’Cats a 6-4 mark in Region 18 boys play.
Wendover Coach Clayton Carter said his team needed the crucial Feb. 11 victory over the Miners to remain ahead of Tintic, Meridian and Wasatch Academy in the hunt for the higher seed and home playoff game.
“We played all right,” he noted. “Our defense wasn’t as good as I would have liked. I hate giving up 39 points to just one player (Underwood). But a victory is a victory and we’ll take it and move on to the next game.
“We need to be intense when we hit the floor on Friday because it’s a big game for us,” he added. “We need to get the victory to sew up third place and then work on some things in practice for the remaining games.”
Wendover 83 – Tintic 60
The Wildcats outscored the Miners right from the start and never looked back en route to a region rout Feb. 11 at Wendover.
Mascaro popped the nets for eight points, including a pair of 3-point bombs, and Ciano Sweat poured in four points to lead Wendover to a 17-11 lead after one period expired. Alvarez and Sergio Sanchez also contributed a basket each and Brayen Soriano canned a free throw to aid the early effort.
Tintic could only muster six points from Underwood, including a 3-point shot, three charity tosses from Ryan and a basket by Wyatt Allinson in the opening session.
Wendover tacked on a 24-16 explosion in the second stanza to build a cozy 41-27 cushion at intermission. Mascaro pumped in another eight points to lead the way for the ‘Cats while Aranda and Alvarez fired in four points each to trigger the barrage.
Garrett Burningham also canned three charity tosses and Lynn Maddox chipped in with a field goal and free throw as well. Sanchez also buried a pair of free throws in the period. Underwood poured in seven points in the second session and Ryan flipped in a pair of baskets as well. Bryce Roberts also contributed three points to keep the Miners within striking distance by the halftime break.
The Wildcats continued the scoring assault with a 22-16 outburst in the third quarter as well. Mascaro popped the cords for eight points, including two more 3-point missiles, and Burningham tossed in six points to lead the hosts to a commanding 63-43 lead headed down the stretch. Soriano also pumped in a pair of field goals while Alvarez and Sanchez added a field goal each.
Underwood torched the nets for 11 points in the stanza, including another 3-point missile, while Roberts and Allinson chipped in with a field goal each.
Wendover completed the easy league triumph with a 20- 17 explosion in the final frame of the game. Mascaro produced another eight-point period and Alvarez popped the cords for a pair of 3-point shots to aid the performance. Aranda also hit for a pair of field goals and Burningham also added a basket to complete the scoring in the affair.
Underwood ripped the visiting nets for 15 points in the fourth quarter for the Miners while could only muster a charity toss each by Ryan and Geoffrey Myers for the remaining points of the period in the waning seconds.
Wendover 73 – Meridian 63
The Wildcats exploded for a 10-point scoring edge in the final frame of the game to snap a 51-51 deadlock and register a vital road victory Feb. 2 at Provo.
Matt Mascaro pumped in eight points and Manuel Alvarez fired in a pair of 3-point bombs to trigger the early offensive explosion and help stake Wendover to a slim 21-19 lead after one period expired. Sergio Sanchez also chipped in with a pair of field goals and Brayen Soriano popped the cords for a 3-point bomb to aid the early effort.
Brandon McCloskey kept the Mongoose within striking distance with eight points in the opening session and Dok Kwan buried a pair of 3-point shots to ignite the rally. Sean Burrows also hit for five points to trigger the hosts outburst as well.
Wendover exploded for a 15- 4 assault in the second stanza to build a 36-23 intermission lead. Alvarez keyed the ‘Cat attack with six points on a pair of 3- point missiles and Soriano provided five points, also hitting a 3-point bomb as well. Mascaro also tossed in four points to lead the way for the visitors. McCloskey produced all four points for the hosts in the period.
Meridian came out firing on all cylinders in the third quarter and blistered the home nets for a 28-15 barrage to tie the game at 51-51.
Mascaro stemmed the Meridian comeback with six points in the quarter and Alvarez buried another 3-point bomb, hit fifth of the game. Christian Aranda, Sanchez and Garrett Burningham also chipped in with a basket each to aid the effort and force the game into a tie with one quarter still left.
But the Wildcats regrouped in between the two periods and outscored the Mongoose 22-12 down the stretch to ice the pivotal road victory. Mascaro keyed the ‘Cat comeback with seven points in the final frame while Sanchez hit for six. Aranda also netted four while Soriano and Alvarez tossed in three points each, including the sixth 3-point shot from Alvarez for the game.
McCloskey produced half of Meridian’s 12 points in the fourth quarter and Burrows fired in five, also hitting a 3- point shot along the way.
Mascaro ripped the nets for a team high 25 points and Alvarez fired in 18 points to spearhead the triumph. Sanchez also hit for 12 points and Soriano chipped in with eight points as well.
McCloskey paced the Mongoose with a game high 26 and Burrows contributed 16. Kwan also hit for 12 as well.
Preston Alder kept the ‘Cats coa career high 37 to lead the Farmers to the non-league triumph. Teammate Cory Waddoups fired in 14 to aid the effort.
Joey Henricks paced the hosts with a team high 23 while Matt Mascaro and Garrett Burningham popped the nets for 10 points each. Brayen Soriano tossed in eight for Wendover.