The Grantsville boys basketball team never gave Emery a chance in Friday’s Class 3A second-round state tournament game.
The Cowboys used a 12-2 run to build a 14-5 lead after one quarter, and the 16th-seeded Spartans were simply overwhelmed by top-seeded Grantsville as GHS rolled to a 65-30 win at Grantsville High School. Grantsville (16-2) will face No. 8 Carbon in a state quarterfinal game Thursday at the Sevier Valley Center in Richfield.
Emery (4-16) held the lead early in the first quarter after Treven Brazier hit a 3-pointer from the right wing, but the Cowboys needed just 20 seconds to take the lead back for good on a corner trey by Tuhker Mulford. That jump-started Grantsville’s offense, as Carter Killian and Davin Ekins both converted offensive rebounds into points and Grayson McKeever knocked down a mid-range jumper to put Grantsville comfortably in front.
The Spartans cut the lead to seven points on a layup by Brett Rasmussen to open the second quarter, only to see the Cowboys put together a 15-4 run to put the game out of reach. Six players scored during the second quarter for Grantsville, with Tate Allred’s five points leading the way to help GHS build a 29-11 lead at halftime.
Things didn’t get any better for Emery in the third quarter, as a 13-0 Grantsville run made the Cowboys’ lead balloon to 30 points. GHS led 49-19 after three, with JJ Backus scoring seven points and Ekins adding six in the period. McKeever also knocked down a 3-pointer during the third quarter.
By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, the outcome was no longer in question. Ekins added six more points in the final eight minutes, and Mulford hit his second 3-pointer of the game as part of an 11-3 Grantsville run that put the Cowboys up 60-24 with 5:03 left.
Ekins had 17 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for Grantsville. Killian had 12 points, five assists and four steals and Backus had 10 points. Mulford had eight points, McKeever had seven points and seven rebounds and Allred had seven points. Noah Mouritsen and Cache Cooper each scored two points for the Cowboys.
Rasmussen and Riggs Griffin each had seven points to lead the Spartans.
Grantsville will face Carbon (13-8) at 11:10 a.m. Thursday. The Cowboys and Dinos did not meet during the regular season, but both teams faced South Summit, Judge Memorial, South Sevier, Emery, San Juan and Richfield. Grantsville went 8-0 against those teams,and Carbon was 6-4.
The winner will face No. 4 Grand or No. 5 San Juan in a semifinal game Friday. The loser will drop into the consolation bracket to face the Grand/San Juan loser on Friday for a chance to play in the fifth-place game.
The other two Class 3A quarterfinals on Thursday feature No. 2 Juab against No. 7 Richfield and No. 3 Manti facing No. 6 Judge Memorial.