The Grantsville boys basketball team has a lot of weapons at its disposal, and the full arsenal was on display Friday night against Morgan.
Senior center Davin Ekins dominated down low, scoring a game-high 23 points, and the Cowboys’ perimeter shooting was on-target as Grantsville drained 13 3-pointers in a 72-43 win over the Trojans at Grantsville High School. The Cowboys (8-1, 2-0 Region 13) have hit 28 3-pointers over their first two Region 13 games and have converted on 43.5% of their 3-point attempts this season.
Morgan (3-5, 1-1) trailed 21-15 early in the second quarter before Grantsville got going. The Cowboys finished the first half on a 16-4 run, with Ekins scoring eight points in the second quarter. Tuhker Mulford drained back-to-back 3-pointers to finish the half, including one in transition after an emphatic block by Ekins on the defensive end as the Cowboys took a 37-19 lead.
Mulford hit two more 3-pointers in the third quarter and teammate Carter Killian also hit from long range as the Cowboys maintained their advantage. Even with a 52-35 lead, Grantsville continued its barrage from long distance in the fourth quarter. Tuhker Mulford hit two more 3-pointers, and Tate Allred, JJ Backus and Brigham Mulford also drained treys as part of a 19-4 explosion.
Meanwhile, the Trojans had no answer for Ekins. The 6-foot-7 center was a perfect 10-for-10 from the field and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. He also had three assists and one steal. Tuhker Mulford was 6-for-13 from 3-point range, accounting for all 18 of his points, while Killian was an efficient 6-for-9 from the field and scored 15 points to go with five assists.
Allred had seven points, Backus had six and Brigham Mulford added three for Grantsville, with Allred adding three assists and three steals. Grayson McKeever had nine assists, two assists and three rebounds for the Cowboys.
Alex Fisher led the Trojans with 13 points and Eli Bailey scored nine. Both Fisher and Bailey are sophomores, and are part of a talented young group that should contend in the future. However, they were overmatched against a veteran Grantsville squad that finds itself in the top spot in the Class 3A Ratings Percentage Index rankings that are used to determine seeding for the upcoming Class 3A state tournament.
The Cowboys will travel to Kamas on Wednesday to face South Summit in a Region 13 game. They will face Summit Academy on Friday in Bluffdale. Grantsville’s next home game is Jan. 27 against Judge Memorial.