Grantsville seniors Brady Arbon and Kevin Roberts combined to score 37 points, but it wasn’t enough to beat Summit Academy on the road Friday, 72-63.
“Honestly, I thought we played pretty good tonight,” Grantsville head coach Bryan Detweiler said. “That was a much better effort than the first time they beat us.”
Friday’s game was close the whole way. Summit Academy build a six-point lead midway through the second quarter, highlighted by a steal and fast-break layup by senior guard Isaiah Green with 4:02 left in the half.
Grantsville clawed back with Arbon scoring in the lane on a goaltending violation shortly after, and Roberts drove to the basket in the final minute to tie the game at 28.
Arbon tied it again with a 3-pointer at the top of the key to make it 43-43 with a minute left in the third quarter.
With about 5:30 left in the game, Summit Academy trapped Grantsville’s pick-n-roll at the top of the key, earning a steal and allowing senior forward Jay Gilson to put in a monster dunk on a fast break, putting the Bears up 56-48.
Detweiler immediately called timeout, and Grantsville went on a small run in the next couple minutes to pull the lead back to seven.
Senior guard Ryan Potter hit a 3-pointer with 2:15 to play that made it 64-59, but Grantsville didn’t score again until a pair of Roberts layups in the final 10 seconds.
“I think we had a couple bad turnovers at some times, but they knocked down some shots, some deep shots,” Detweiler said. “We shared the ball, and I thought we were getting good looks offensively. We’re OK. Just little things here and there — I know we talk a lot about those things — but like, (Summit Academy) nailed some shots tonight. They nailed some shots when they needed to.”
Summit Academy made eight 3-pointers in the game. Bear guard Eddie Wilson made six himself, giving him a team-high 18 points to match Green’s total, while Gilson finished with 14.
Arbon finished with a game-high 22 points, and Roberts had 15 for the visitors.
Grantsville finished in fourth place of Region 13, while the win put Summit Academy over South Summit for the league’s No. 2 seed in the 3A state tournament.
Providence Hall and Union each finished with 9-3 record in Region 14, tied for second place. Union won the tiebreaker and will Grantsville in the first round of the tournament with the league’s No. 2 seed.
“I like our first-round matchup,” Detweiler said after the game, not knowing at the time if Region 14’s second-place team would be Providence Hall, Union or Delta. “We play like that, we’ll be fine in the playoffs.”
Grantsville’s first-round game is scheduled to tip off at 8:10 p.m. Saturday at Wasatch High School.
“It’s all about getting better and building on what we’ve got,” Detweiler said. “It don’t matter what our record is, it’s a whole new season.”
Author’s note: Tavin Stucki has covered prep sports in Utah for more than nine years. This story was not subject to the approval of the Grantsville basketball program.