North Summit boys outlast Manti in 2A basketball playoffs |

North Summit boys outlast Manti in 2A basketball playoffs

North Summit senior Eric Wayment, shown here driving by a South Summit defender earlier this year, scored 19 points to lead the Braves to a 59-54 playoff victory over Manti on Saturday in Orem.

Offensive balance was the name of the game for the North Summit boys’ basketball team on Saturday at Orem High School.

Squaring off against former Region 16 foe Manti in the first round of the 2A playoffs, the Braves had several offensive weapons to choose from as four players scored at least 10 points.

Senior Eric Wayment led the way, dropping 19 points on the Manti defense. Senior Curtis Calderwood added 13 points and senior twins Mason and Braden Richins each added 10 points. Braden also snagged 17 rebounds and Mason added six.

Other Braves contributing offensively were juniors Tyler Coleman (four points) and Calvin Hunsaker (three).

With the victory over Manti, North Summit advances to Thursday’s 2A quarterfinal round at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield. The Braves will meet up with Layton Christian, the No. 1 seed from Region 14. While amassing an 18-5 record this season, Layton Christian scored 100 or more points four times.

Tipoff for Saturday morning’s game is scheduled for 11:10 a.m.

North Summit girls also beat Manti

The North Summit girls’ basketball team continued the school’s winning ways against Manti, winning its first-round playoff game 58-44 on Friday.

The Braves took a big 26-15 halftime lead while cruising to victory.

Brena Richins scored 18 points to lead the Braves. Elise Richins (12 points) and Madi Birk (10) also found their way to double-digits. Ashlin Blonquist (nine points), Janessa Stephens (four), Rachel Richins (three) and Megan Richins (two) also contributed offensively.

North Summit advances to Thursday’s 2A quarterfinals, where it will square off against South Sevier at 5:45 p.m. at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.

— Adam Spencer, The Park Record

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