The Enterprise Wolves were fresh off a tough fight to claim the Region 13 championship over Parowan last week. Their first opponent in the opening round of the 2A boys basketball playoffs had to win an extra play-in game.
When the dust settled, the Wolves were left to heal their wounds in the ashes of a season ended much earlier than they had hoped.
Alex Millet led three players in double figures with 18 points, and Waterford used a 26-10 second-quarter advantage to blow the game open and stun Enterprise 64-55 on Saturday at Orem High. The Wolves (13-10) never really recovered after the Ravens took a 37-23 lead to the halftime locker room.
“They were a little bigger than us and they outrebounded us a little bit,” said Enterprise coach Larry Shurtliff. “The boys came back and we got some good looks, but they just didn’t go down.”
By far, the Wolves had their biggest headache in Waterford post player Mufi Hunt, who finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds. Playing without injured leading scorer Justin Prisbrey (broken arm), Enterprise was able to cut the lead to three at 44-41 late in the third quarter, but it was as close as they would get.
Picking up the slack for Prisbrey’s absence, senior Dayce Truman did his part, pouring in 31 points. Isaac Wallin added 18 points, but Logan Platt was the only other Wolves player on the final score sheet with six.
“We had a good run, but a lot of players played a lot of minutes,” Truman said. “We were gassed (at the end), but it was still a great season.”
The Ravens (7-14), who beat Rowland Hall on Wednesday to reach the playoffs, took a 46-41 lead into the fourth and was never threatened down the stretch.
They will face Emery, a 64-59 winner over Manti, in the first 2A quarterfinal game at the Centrum on Thursday at 9:30 a.m.
Waterford was 28-of-36 at the free-throw line to Enterprise’s 8-of-11.
SOUTH SUMMIT 46, KANAB 43: Brandon Jenson and Mark Bate had 11 points apiece, but the Cowboys couldn’t overcome a sluggish first half in the loss to the Wildcats.
South Summit (15-7) built a 22-11 halftime lead, but Kanab was able to rally and take a 35-32 lead. The Wildcats countered with a 10-0 run and held on down the stretch.
Kanab’s season ends with a 9-11 record. South Summit, who got a game-high 20 points from Beau Rydalch, will play Gunnison on Thursday at 11:10 a.m. in the quarterfinals at the Centrum.
SUMMIT ACADEMY 70, BEAVER 66: Ashton Richards poured in 31 points, including five 3-pointers, as the Bears held off the Beavers.
Braxton Williams had 24 points and Michael Roberts added 23 for Beaver (15-4) in the loss that ended their season.
The Beavers hit 11 3-pointers.
NORTH SUMMIT 56, PAROWAN 42: No details reported.