Before last week’s Steve Hodson Cancer Classic tipped off in Cedar City, it had been nearly three weeks since the Grantsville boys basketball team had played a game until the Cowboys’ win over Parowan on Dec. 28.
If the layoff had any ill effects, they sure didn’t show in Grantsville’s last two games of the tournament, either. The Cowboys routed South Sevier on Dec. 29, and followed that with a convincing victory over San Juan the next day to improve to 6-0 overall and 4-0 against Class 3A competition.
It was a successful week for two other Tooele County squads, as well. Stansbury (4-4) responded to its opening loss to Cedar City with back-to-back wins over Canyon View and Hurricane. Tooele (3-6) also went 2-1 in the tournament, winning its opener over Hurricane before a loss to Cedar City on Dec. 29 and a win over Parowan on Wednesday.
Grantsville 60, South Sevier 40
Grantsville blew the game open with a 21-8 second-quarter surge that helped it build a 16-point halftime lead against the Rams at Cedar High School.
Tuhker Mulford hit five 3-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Cowboys, who hit 24-of-47 (51.1%) from the field and had 10 3-pointers as a team. Carter Killian and Davin Ekins each had 11 points, and Grayson McKeever hit three 3s as part of a 10-point performance. Tate Allred had nine points and Gabe Mouritsen added two. Mulford had four rebounds and Killian and McKeever each had three assists.
Carter Peterson had 13 points and Ridge Tebbs had 11 for South Sevier in the loss.
Stansbury 58, Canyon View 47
A slow start saw the Stallions fall into a 10-3 hole after the first quarter at Canyon View High School, but Stansbury exploded for 21 second-quarter points to build a nine-point halftime advantage over the Falcons and cruised from there.
Dave Spaulding led four Stansbury players in double-figures with 13 points. Logan Richins had 12 points and Bridger Thomas and Kru Huxford each scored 11, with Thomas hitting three 3-pointers. Landen Giles had eight points and Jacob White added three.
Cole Farrow had 13 points, Brenden Greenhalgh had 12 and Tyler Maine had 10 for Canyon View.
Cedar City 70, Tooele 52
Cedar’s Treyton Tebbs put up 30 points as the Reds rolled past the Buffaloes at Cedar High School. Tooele trailed by just three points at halftime, but Cedar pulled away with a 23-12 effort in the third quarter.
Justin Rogers had 18 points and six rebounds for the Buffs, while Julian Mahoe had 14 points and McCade Laughlin had eight. Trevor Zaleski added six points and Pacesen McLaws and Carston Hyre each had three.
Jacob Rogers, Ty Harrison and Dallin Grant each had eight points for the Reds, with Harrison adding 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Grantsville 52, San Juan 43
The Cowboys held a narrow 25-23 lead at halftime, but pulled away with a strong third quarter en route to a nine-point win over the Broncos in a rematch from the 2019 Class 3A state tournament at Cedar High School.
Killian had 20 points and Ekins added 15 to lead the Cowboys. Allred had eight, JJ Backus had six and Brigham Mulford added three.
Nathan Grover led San Juan with 17 points. Ladd Ivins scored 13 for the Broncos.
Grantsville’s next game is Friday at Logan.
Stansbury 51, Hurricane 48
Stansbury narrowly outscored Hurricane in each of the first three quarters, holding off the Tigers in a back-and-forth battle.
Richins and Huxford each had 10 points to lead a balanced effort for the Stallions. Thomas had nine points, Spaulding had eight and Giles had seven. Crew Schlappi had five points and White added two. Huxford, Thomas, Giles and Schlappi each hit a 3-pointer in the win.
Jack Reeve led Hurricane with 14 points.
Stansbury will open Region 10 play Wednesday at Tooele, with a home game Friday against Ben Lomond.
Tooele 58, Parowan 45
Tooele pulled ahead of the Rams with a 13-5 run in the second quarter, then put Parowan away with a 15-7 fourth quarter at Cedar High School.
Justin Rogers had 25 points, 18 rebounds and five assists in an impressive performance. McLaws had 12 points and Nate Begnaud had four. Zaleski and Mahoe had four points, Israel Hogan had three and Laughlin and Hyre each had two. The Buffs’ next game is the Region 10 opener Wednesday night at home against Stansbury.
Krue Stubbs led the Rams with 17 points, and Shaydon Benson had 10.