Grantsville didn’t start its game off all that bad against Ben Lomond Friday night, it was how it ended the game that affected the outcome. The Cowboys looked ready to give the visiting Scots all they could handle by jumping out to an 11-7 lead with less than a minute remaining in the first.
From there, however, Ben Lomond closed out the half on a 15-3 run and then put on the finishing touches in the third by outscoring Grantsville 18-6 to grab a 40-20 lead heading into the fourth. From there, Ben Lomond cruised to a 52-35 victory in Grantsville. Dalen Erickson was the only player for Grantsville in double figures with 10 points while Devin Adams was the second-leading scorer with nine points in the loss. Ben Lomond was led by Josh Hardin who scored 11 of his gamehigh 13 points in the first half to lead the Scots to victory.
In the first quarter, Grantsville didn’t look like a team that knew their playoff chances were already terminated. Even with Hardin scoring the first seven points for Ben Lomond and giving the Scots a 7-5 lead with 3:54 left in the first, the Cowboys fought back.
Skyler Cloward knotted the game with a baseline jumper and Devon Arellano later gave Grantsville a 11-7 lead with a 3-pointer from the wing with 49.1 seconds left in the first. The lead and the momentum didn’t last for Grantsville as Ben Lomond scored the final four points of the period as Sterling Brandley tied the game at 11-11 just before the first quarter buzzer with a layup.
The scoring continued for Ben Lomond into the second as they compiled 12 straight points sandwiched between two quarters. Malcolm Shipmon scored four early points in the run that gave Ben Lomond a 19-11 lead with 5:14 left in the half.
Grantsville could only muster three points in the second as the only field goal came from Erickson at the end of the quarter but Ben Lomond secured a 22-14 lead at the break.
The third quarter didn’t get any better for Grantsville as Ben Lomond opened up a 12-3 run to open the half. Shipmon scored four during the run to give the Scots a 34-17 lead with 2:22 left. Trailing by 20 after three, the lone bright spot for the Cowboys came from Spencer Lawrence, who came off the bench to drain two 3-pointers in the fourth. Ben Lomond still came away with a 17- point victory Friday night. Grantsville will make their final road trip of the season when they face Morgan on Wednesday at 7 p.m.