Wasatch (Utah) Downs VB Knights 61-58
At the HIES Hoopsgiving Tournament, the Wasatch team from Utah outlasted the VB Knights in a game the visiting western team featured crisp ball movement, tough interior play and sharpshooting three-point shooters.
Wasatch is a college preparatory boarding school 150 miles south of Provo, Utah. The team has many international players from Canada, Europe and Iran. Many players were 6í5” or taller and as tall as 6í11”. Their best player has signed with Ole Miss next year.
The game was an interesting experience for the Knightsí team that was a little sluggish after an exhilarating win over Columbia, Alabama High School Tigers the previous afternoon.
The game against Wasatch was close throughout. Wasatch had a narrow lead at the end of the first quarter 13-12, but Pace recovered and took the lead at the half 29-28. Both teams exploded in the third quarter as the Knights increased its lead 54-51, but the Knights simply ran out of gas in the fourth quarter, scoring just 4 points against Wasatchís 10 for the final score.
In the frontcourt, sophomore Wendell Carter battled inside all afternoon against the Wasatch size and physicality. Before fouling out with 1:22 remaining in the game, Carter had scored 24 points, shooting 8-11 from the floor and 8-11 from the foul line to go along with snagging 13 rebounds and dishing for 1 assist.
In the back court the Holifield brothers both turned in strong efforts from the perimeter. Elijah Holifield scored 11 points on 4-10 shooting that included a 3 pointer. Elijah also passed for 2 assists. Caleb Holifield also scored 11 points, splashing down 3 three-pointers and shooting 2-2 from the charity stripe. Calebís 3 assists against only 1 turnover shows the freshmanís floor play and shot selection continue to get steadier.
Zack Kaminski finished the afternoon with 9 points on 4-10 shooting in which 1 field goal was a 3 pointer. Zack also had 1 assist, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Waide Swain hit a 3-pointer for a total of 3 points along with 3 assists and a steal.
The VB Knights will face off at 7:00 tonight in a game against the Eagles of Landmark Christian at the Inman Center Gym. Come on out!