Grantsville held Juab scoreless for more than 5 minutes in the fourth quarter Saturday morning at Sevier Valley Center to come from behind and defeat the defending state champions 51-45. The Cowboys improved to 3-0 with the victory and will play their first home game on Wednesday against Delta (0-5).
Grantsville trailed 40-33 with 7 minutes left in the game when they used a ¾ court trapping defense to pressure the Wasps into several turnovers which led to buckets on the other end.
GHS coach Nate Austin said his team had used the ¾ press in the first half, but ran it much better in the second half.
“Honestly, the key was we just started playing a lot harder in the fourth quarter after making mistakes earlier in the game. We locked it in mentally and had five guys on the same page and they made plays,” Austin said.
The Cowboys got it rolling when Gabe Mouritsen knocked down a left-corner 3-point shot to slice Juab’s lead to 40-36.
On the next possession, Mouritsen fired a superb pass to Tate Allred down the center of the lane for a layup with a foul. Allred hit the foul shot to slice the lead to 40-39. The Cowboys scored 8 points in a row and took the lead for good at 41-40 with 4:52 left in the game when Allred drove in to connect on a left-handed layup.
The Cowboys continued their fourth-quarter comeback when Eli Mondragon took a charge followed by a Blake Bunderson 3-pointer to push the advantage to 44-40. Grantsville made it 45-40 on a foul shot with 3:03 remaining.
The Cowboys were solid from the foul line in the final minute and increased the lead to eight points before Juab hit a shot in the final seconds to make it a six-point victory at 51-45.
Each team scored 10 points in the first quarter, but the Wasps outscored Grantsville 28-21 in the second and third quarters to lead 38-31 after three quarters.
Allred scored 13, Carter Killian 10, Blake Bunderson 10, Mouritsen 8, Jace Sandberg 5, Conner Sorensen 3 and Dillen Richardson 2.
The Cowboys jumped out to a 6-2 advantage early in the game and led 10-7 when Wes Nielsen connected on a 3-pointer to make it 10-10 after the first quarter.
Grantsville led 21-20 with 1:11 until intermission when Juab closed out the half with 5 points to lead 25-21 at halftime.
Juab led by 7 points after three quarters until Grantsville controlled the final quarter to keep its perfect record intact.
The Cowboys did not need a comeback on Saturday against Richfield with four players scoring in double figures en route to a 74-43 victory over the Wildcats.
Killian led the way with 18 points, four rebounds, four assists and one steal.
Allred scored 17 with two 3-pointers, three rebounds, two assists and one steal.
Mouritsen scored 14 with four 3-pointers, one rebound, and one steal
Bunderson scored 11 with three 3-pointers, three rebounds and one assist.
Dillen Richardson scored 4 points, with four rebounds and two assists.
Conner Sorensen knocked down a 3-pointer with two rebounds, two assists, and three steals.
Jace Sandberg scored 2 points with three rebounds. Ethan Powell had an assist while Cache Cooper had one rebound and two assists.
Grantsville led 19-9 after one quarter and 42-23 at halftime.
The coach said Draper APA was a solid first-game opponent this year. The Cowboys downed the Eagles on the road 77-59.
“This team has a ton of potential. We went 10 deep on the bench in both games last weekend trying to find a consistent rotation,” the coach said.
“Our biggest man is 6-3 this year so we’ll be more guard heavy without Davin Ekins. Our margin of error will be less in all areas because we don’t have that big guy to help out,” the coach said.
The Cowboys will get even more firepower from the guard line when Brigham Mulford returns. Mulford is currently sidelined with a broken foot.