November and December weren’t kind to a young Grantsville boys basketball team learning how to compete on the varsity level.
Grantsville came into Friday’s home game against Real Salt Lake Academy having lost 11 consecutive games against a brutal preseason schedule that included some of Class 3A’s elite teams in Emery, Manti and Delta, along with county rival Tooele and numerous Class 5A and Class 6A schools. The Cowboys were in desperate need of something positive going into this week’s Region 13 opener, and they got it in the form of a 71-28 win over the visiting Griffins at Grantsville High School.
The Cowboys (2-11) raced out to a 20-6 lead after the first quarter, and kept their foot on the gas throughout against an overmatched RSL Academy squad. Grantsville didn’t allow more than nine points in any quarter, and led 39-13 at halftime and 51-22 after three quarters.
The lopsided victory gave Grantsville coach Bryan Detweiler a chance to go deep into his bench. Ten Cowboys scored in the game, led by junior Ammon Bartley, who scored a career-high 17 points. Senior forward Isaac Riding added 10 points and junior Jackson Sandberg had eight.
Izaiah Sanders and Kayden Bohman each scored seven points for Grantsville and Porter Whitworth had six. Jake Cafarelli and Zach Capel had five points each, Carter Killian had three and Seth Beckett had one.
Grantsville will open its Region 13 season Wednesday in Kamas against South Summit. The Cowboys’ first home region game is Jan. 16 against Morgan. South Summit comes into Wednesday’s game with a 9-4 overall record.