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December 23, 2021
Sports Wrap – December 23, 2021

GHS Hall of Fame

Grantsville High School is now accepting nominations for the Hall of Fame. This year’s deadline is Jan. 10, 2022.

The three categories are: 

Pride: Any former Grantsville student-athlete who has excelled as a student-athlete at Grantsville, in college, or professionally.

Tradition: A teacher, administrator or staff member who has made significant contributions to the school or district.

Excellence: Any alumnus who has gone to achieve success in the world of education, business, research, medicine or other field, and has made contributions to their organization and to society.

The committee will go through the application process then select this year’s Hall of Fame inductees. All previous nominees within the last five years will be considered as well. The nomination form is available at grantsvillehigh.tooeleschools.org.

Rose Bowl

The Utah Ticket Office reports that 32,319 tickets have been sold through its office for the 108th Rose Bowl Game Presented by Capital One Venture X, as of Wednesday afternoon. This total includes 1,856 tickets sold to University of Utah students, along with those sold initially to Crimson Club members through sales windows by donor level, which began Dec. 6, and then to the general public, which began Dec. 17 and remains open.

Tickets remain available through the Utah Ticket Office.

All University of Utah students who entered the student ticket lottery were ultimately extended an opportunity to purchase two game tickets at a price of $125 each, reduced from $185. The ticket discounts for students were subsidized by three organizations, including a partnership with Taco Bell’s Live Mas Student Section contest, which crowned The MUSS as the Live Mas Student Section of the Year for the 2021 college football season. An additional number of student tickets were subsidized by the Associated Students of the University of Utah (ASUU) and through generous donations by Crimson Club members.

The Rose Bowl Game between the 11th-ranked Utah Utes and the 6th-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes is set for 2 p.m. PT on Jan. 1, 2022, in Pasadena, Calif.

Utah Jazz

Typically when 20+ points decide an NBA game, there isn’t much room for controversy following the result.

During postgame interviews, Minnesota second-year guard Anthony Edwards took some unprompted shots at Utah’s Rudy Gobert, the three-time defensive player of the year.

“Anytime I go against (Kristaps) Porzingis, I don’t get no layups. I don’t get why we couldn’t finish on Rudy Gobert. He don’t put no fear in my heart. … I don’t know why,” Edwards said postgame.

But Edwards wasn’t the only Minnesota player to take a shot at Gobert. Fellow defensive stalwart Patrick Beverley not only had some choice words to say during his halftime interview, but he also doubled down on his thoughts and opinions during the postgame interview as well.

“If I’m defensive player of the year, I’m guarding the best player no matter what. I’m not roaming,” Beverley said after the game. “It’s no discredit to Royce O’Neale or any of the others on their team, but if I’m defensive player of the year, I’m not guarding Royce O’Neale. I’m guarding Mike Conley, I’m guarding Donovan Mitchell, I’m guarding Bogdanovic. You got Rudy Gobert out there guarding Vanderbilt. And every time I hear he’s defensive player of the year. So, whatever.”

What makes Edwards and Beverley’s comments so off-base is that Gobert is widely considered one of the greatest defensive big men of all time. He’s the reigning defensive player of the year and has been even better on that end of the court this season, shutting down all three of Edwards’ drives to the hoop in the game mentioned above.

In 31 minutes of action, the Jazz outscored Minnesota by 25 points with Gobert on the court. He finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds. His defense at the rim was instrumental in limiting Minnesota to 40% shooting from the field, one of their worst performances of the season.

“They obviously don’t watch enough basketball,” teammate Joe Ingles quipped about those who question Gobert’s play. “If you understand what you’re looking for, it’s clear the impact he makes.”

BYU basketball

With only three players scoring in double figures and a season low 54 points, BYU fought its way to a 54-39 win over South Florida in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic Wednesday night.“I’m super proud of our guys,” said BYU head coach Mark Pope. “This is a great defensive team that is really long, athletic and extremely disciplined. I was proud of how our guys managed the frustration South Florida caused on the defensive end, they kept moving the ball, kept fighting and got a good win.”The Cougars were led by Fousseyni Traore, Gideon George and Alex Barcello who combined for 32 of BYU’s 54 points. BYU struggled from the floor shooting 36 percent from the field, 27.3 percent from behind the arc, and 12-of-16 from the charity stripe in the defensive slugfest.USF shot 25.8 percent from the floor, 9.5 percent from three-point land, and 71.4 percent from the free-throw line. The Cougars held the Bulls to 39 points in the loss, their lowest scoring outing of the season.

U of U basketball

The Utah men’s basketball team faced a formidable Fresno State squad Tuesday evening and came out victorious 55-50 behind a balanced offense inside the Jon M. Huntsman Center to wrap up non-conference play.

The Utes headed into halftime down just 23-22 against Fresno State despite not being able to find their rhythm on offense and shot just 30.8-percent as a team – including 2-of-12 from 3-point range in the first 20 minutes of action.

Utah had a narrow 11-10 lead at the 11:10 media break but couldn’t find the bottom of the basket for 4:29 minutes before Riley Battin found a diving Jaxon Brenchley on the baseline for the lay-in to bring Utah within 19-15 of the Bulldogs.

Back-to-back free throws from Lhat Thioune followed by a long jumper from Lazar Stefanovic gave Utah (8-4, 1-1 Pac-12) a short 22-21 advantage before Orlando Robinson put FSU on top 23-22 heading into the break.

There was a lot of back-and-forth action to start the second half, including a stretch where Thioune scored on three-consecutive possessions to keep Utah in lockstep with the Bulldogs (9-3). Down 35-33 at the 12:31 media break, a critical 3-pointer from Rollie Worster  gave Utah the 36-35 lead. A 5-0 spurt shortly thereafter capped off by a triple from David Jenkins put the Utes ahead 41-36.

After Fresno State’s Anthony Holland put FSU back on top 45-43 with 5:46 left to play, Utah’s defense clamped down and held the Bulldogs without a field-goal until Robinson’s 3-ball with :41 seconds cut the Utes’ lead down to 53-48. However, it was too little too late for Fresno State as Utah closed out the game with a 55-50 victory and wrapped up its non-conference slate 7-3.

Marco Anthony led the Utes with 11 points and six rebounds while Thioune added 10 points and six rebounds in his first start of the season.

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