In a last-minute scheduling adjustment, the Grantsville boys basketball team hosted Rowland Hall Saturday afternoon instead of playing in a tournament Friday and Saturday in Richfield.
The Cowboys were set to travel to Richfield to face the Wildcats Friday night, and then a second team on Saturday. Grantsville coach Chris Baker said the father of one of Richfield’s players died late last week and the tourney was cancelled on Thursday night.
Rowland Hall was one of the four teams slated to play in the Richfield tournament, so the coaches from Grantsville and Rowland Hall scheduled a game at 2 p.m. in Grantsville Saturday.
The Cowboys misses several close shots and couldn’t shake the Rowland Hall Winged Lions to start the game. Grantsville led 7-6 after the first quarter.
The Cowboys heated up in the second quarter, and used a full-court press to stymie the vistors. Grantsville outscored Rowland Hall 60-27 through the next three quarters to win easily 67-33.
“The kids knew this was a weaker team and they looked for a blowout early, and things didn’t go our way in the first quarter with a lot of missed layups,” Baker said.
Rowland Hall had some trouble with Grantsville’s half-court press, but scored three inside buckets to keep it close in the opening stanza.
Grantsville turned up the heat even more with a full-court press the rest of the game with all the players who suited up for the game seeing action.
The Cowboys expanded the lead to 28-13 at halftime, and 49-25 after the third quarter. Grantsville won the fourth quarter 18-8.
Eleven players scored in the game for the Cowboys led by Devin Adams with 21, Devon Arrellano 13 and Spencer Lawrence 12. Adams and Jake Riding led in the rebound category with six boards apiece. Adams and Arrellano each had four assists. Adams also had six steals.
Baker said he likes the effort, but that his team will need to shoot much better when they go up against stronger defenses. “We’ll run into some tougher defenses, so we really need to work on our shooting,” he said.
Grantsville played at Cyprus Tuesday night, at Ogden Thursday night and will host Carbon at 5 p.m. Saturday.