Grantsville’s seniors took care of business last week against Delta with a 67-33 win.
The Cowboys defeated the Rabbits with the exact strategy head coach Chris Baker hopes will carry on throughout the season: tough defense and passing.
“We really worked on making extra passes,” Baker said. “You never know when it’s going to be your night. We’re willing to give up an OK shot so someone else can take a really good shot.”
That was apparent with point guard Devon Arellano, who took only three shots the entire game but racked up the assists. Baker said he was pleased with Arellano’s control of the offense against Delta. He also said each of the seniors contributed in some form to help snag the victory.
Guard Devin Adams got into foul trouble in the first half, but the other seniors filled in to give the Cowboys a 19-point lead going into halftime. Those contributions in the first half came mostly from Jake Riding, Spencer Lawrence, Nick Arbon, Dallin Williams and Tyler Colson. Once that group of seniors padded the lead for GHS going into halftime, Adams came back in the third quarter and took control.
Baker said a nice addition on the defensive end was the play from Ky Fisher.
“Ky Fisher played amazing defense,” Baker said. “He was a spark plug off the bench.”
The Cowboys’ defensive strategy consisted of a full-court press through the first three quarters, which helped build the lead.
“We had a full-court press the whole time,” Baker said. “It made a big difference, and Delta had a hard time breaking the press.”
The Cowboys also played man-to-man defense in the half-court setting, which is something Baker said he hasn’t been able to implement until this year.
“I’m excited about man-to-man,” he said. “It’s the first time we’ve been able to run man-to-man since I’ve been at Grantsville. The kids did well with it and talked their way through it.”
The 34-point win against Delta sets Grantsville up for a game with unbeaten Juab, which played two games last week before Thanksgiving break. Juab defeated Union on Nov. 26 70-62, and then it defeated Maeser Prep 67-53 the next day. Juab had four different players score in double figures against Maeser Prep, including Josh Clark, who scored 10 points and grabbed nine rebounds in a four-point loss to the Cowboys last year.
The Cowboys battle Juab on Wednesday in Grantsville at 7 p.m.