Grantsville won its 11th game of the season Friday night with a 42-41 victory at Park City.
The Cowboys led 22-8 early in the second quarter, when the Miners began to play at a slower pace and started to hit shots.
Park City sliced the lead to nine points by intermission, and tied the game at 35 with 3 minutes remaining.
Coach Chris Baker said his team played tough in the final minutes with a solid drive to the basket by Devon Arellano with an assist to Devin Adams for a go-ahead basket. Tyler Colson later made a strong move to the basket from the high post position for a score.
Dallin Williams put the Cowboys up by four points with 10 seconds remaining when he connected on a pair of free throws.
Park City hit on a 3-pointer at the buzzer to trim to the winning margin down to one point.
The coach was proud of the way his players held Park City’s leading scorer Bosten VanDerVeur to only nine points. VanDerVeur is averaging 22 points per game for the Miners. He was held to six points until he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Miners had the ball out of bounds with .4 seconds remaining, and the Cowboys did not defend on the final play. Park City connected on a 3-pointer, but after the game the officials told Grantsville coaches the shot should not have counted. But since it did not affect the outcome of the game they let it go.
“They (Park City) sat in that zone and just passed it around looking for VanDerVeur,” Baker said. “So we really didn’t get a lot of possessions as they took time of the clock. We uncharacterisically got out of our game a bit, and they came back on us.”
Adams scored 13, Jake Riding 10, Arellano nine, Williams six, Colson two and Aaron Harrison two. Adams hauled in 13 rebounds, Riding five, Colson four, Harrison three, Williams two and Arellano one. Adams and Arellano had four assists each.
Grantsville (11-1) will open the Region 11 season at home against Bear River (5-9). The Bears feature a new coach this year and have played against several 4A schools in the preseason.
“Region games are always intense and the kids are excited because we’re ranked now in the top five in the state in 3A,” the coach said.