Grantsville piled up 24 turnovers during Friday’s 66–57 loss to Granger, giving the Cowboys their eighth-straight loss this season.
“What killed us was we had 11 turnovers in the first half, then another 13 in the second,” said Grantsville head coach Bryan Detweiler. “When Granger gets a steal, they get up the floor quick. We need to stop turnovers and we’ll be fine in the future.”
The Cowboys came within three points midway through the fourth quarter, only to turn the ball over on the three next possessions. Granger took advantage to build a 52–44 lead off of junior guard Jeremiah Semeli’s 3-pointer and fast-break layup with 4:14 left to play.
Grantsville never got closer than within five points the rest of the way.
Despite the loss, Detweiler said the Cowboys can take away a lot of good things from this game.
“I can’t fault the effort. We battled,” he said. “We’ve got five more games until region starts, and we need to cut the turnovers in half.”
Turnovers led to nine first-quarter points for Granger as the Lancers built back a 17–11 lead with less than a minute to go in the first quarter.
Grantsville senior forward Ammon Bartley gave the Cowboys a little spark with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to pull the Cowboys within three points at the end of the first quarter. Over the second, Grantsville pulled to within two points, highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by junior forward Kayden Bohman.
Out of halftime, Granger held Grantsville off the scoreboard for the first 2:39, and without a field goal for a minute longer.
Grantsville junior forward Jackson Sandberg gave the Cowboys another spark with a putback layup a minute into the fourth quarter, followed by a fast-break layup to make it 46–42 with 6:26 left in the game.
Semeli led all scorers with 24 points, combining with senior guard Roulervee Vann and twin brother Jaydon Semeli to score 54 points.
Bartley and Bohman each had nine points to lead the Cowboys, while senior forward Isaac Riding chipped in another eight. As a team, Grantsville shot 9-of-17 from the 3-point line.
The Cowboys dropped to 1–8 with the loss, and will next face Tooele on neutral ground Thursday at Olympus High School.
“It’s just another game,” associate head coach Brandon Perhson said of the rivalry matchup with the Buffaloes. “It’s not the region game it was in the past. We’re going to keep scrapping and keep fighting. It doesn’t matter right now who is next.”
“We certainly want to beat them, though,” he added.
Tavin Stucki has covered prep sports in Utah for more than 10 years. This story was not subject to the approval of the Grantsville basketball program.