The Grand County High School boys basketball team took hard losses at home in games against San Juan and Emery last week, bringing its 2012-13 season to an end.
“This was a great season,” GCHS head coach Travis Clark said. “Our seniors had a lot of fun out there.”
The Red Devils’ final game took place Wednesday, Feb. 6, with the Emery Spartans handing Grand an 89-63 defeat. The Red Devils fell behind 24-6 after one quarter and never managed to recover from such a big deficit.
Emery bolted to an early lead, netting a series of three-point shots during the first two quarters to finish the half ahead 48-20.
During the second half, the Red Devils took more control. Grand outscored the Spartans by two points in the third quarter and matched Emery in the fourth quarter, but the halftime deficit was too large for the Red Devils to overcome.
Clark praised the team despite the defeat, saying that all the players worked hard in the game.
“I liked the energy they brought,” he said. “It was a fun game. Our kids had a fun time. It would have been good to get the win, but I think we had a fantastic game and it was a good way to end the season.”
On Tuesday, Feb. 5, the Red Devils hosted their rivals, the San Juan Broncos, for a tough game that ultimately ended Grand’s season. San Juan jumped to a 22-11 first-quarter lead and built a 41-25 margin at halftime.
The Red Devils fought back in the second half but could never quite close the gap. In the fourth quarter, foul trouble doomed Grand in the 69-60 loss.
Senior Brett Walker knocked in 14 of the Devils’ 18 fourth-quarter points, but it wasn’t enough to catch the hot-shooting Broncos.
Grand County outscored San Juan 16-10 in the third quarter before free throws padded San Juan’s lead in the final period.
In addition to Walker’s final quarter flurry, the Red Devils got scoring from seniors Wesley Rodda and Brett Walker along with juniors Adam Jenkinson and Koi Cook.