The Grand County Red Devils boys’ basketball team played their home opener Tuesday, Nov. 28, defeating the Green River Pirates, 67-44, in a game that saw Tyson Horton score 11 points and Alec Williams score 9 points in the win.
In the early minutes of the game, a coast-to-coast pass-play from Nolan Ramirez to Kevin Park helped put Grand up 7-0 with three minutes to go in the first period. With 2:10 to go, Horton drained a three-pointer, followed by Teddy Park sinking a three-pointer effortlessly to aid the Red Devils to a 15-0 lead at end of the period.
It took until midway in the second period for Green River to score — though Ramirez answered almost immediately with a three-pointer to go up 18-2.
A swarming defense from Ramirez and Luke Williams resulted in a pair of turnovers from Green River early in the second period, though the Devils gave up just as many and allowed Green River a bucket off one of the give aways. Ramirez got into foul trouble in the period after drawing his third offense from officials.
The Red Devils allowed only 8 points in the second period and headed to the locker room up 30-8 at the half-time break.
As the second half started Green River managed to drop a swishing three-pointer, though Horton followed with a trey of his own just moments later. Ramirez was also aggressive on defense in a big way, stripping three balls from Green River players, while a Pirate foul on Horton sent him to the line for three free-throws — and he managed to drop all of them to give the Red Devils a 38-12 lead.
A fast break from subs Milo Birdwell to Kaine Allred put Grand County up 41-14 with 3:26 to go in the third and each team went on an 18-point run in the period. In the fourth period, Masen Ward picked up his fourth foul, though he stayed in the game and scored a three-point shot to go up 56-29 with six minutes to go. Teddy Park ended up with four fouls as well after aggressively trying to steal the ball from a Green River player before rolling over the top of him on the floor.
With two minutes to go, head coach Scott Horton replaced the five on the floor with underclassmen — and Allred immediately drew a foul that sent a Green River player to the line. In the end it didn’t matter, however, as Grand finished out regulation with the win.
On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, the boys traveled to Duchesne to face the 1A Eagles. The Red Devils overcame the Eagles’ varsity squad on Friday, beating them 73-55. Although, the squad got off to a slow start, falling behind in the first quarter, 20-14 — and trailing at the half 31-29 — the boys rallied and shifted the momentum in their favor, scoring above 20 points for each of the remaining two quarters. The defense also held Duchesne to less than 20 points in the third and only allowed 9 points in the fourth. Junior Cameron Hoppensteadt had a stellar night, scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds, one assist, and two blocks.
The next game for the Red Devils will be Tuesday, Dec. 12 when they travel to Monticello to face the Buckaroos.