Boys basketball team defeats Panthers, loses first region contest to Wasatch Academy
by Robin Willscheidt
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The Grand County High School Red Devil varsity boy’s basketball team scored a non-region win against the Pinnacle Academy Panthers on Tuesday, Jan. 7 but lost against the Wasatch Academy Lions on Saturday, Jan. 11 in their first region home game of the season.

The Red Devils fought to a 69-42 victory against the Panthers. Pinnacle Academy took a 2-0 lead at the very beginning of the game, but Grand soon took control of the contest then stayed ahead for the duration.

GCHS senior Kaden Risenhoover led the Red Devils in scoring, putting 16 points on the board by the end of the game. Fellow senior Trevor Bertuzzi followed close behind with 15 points scored for the Red Devils.

Also on the starting varsity team for the game were seniors Koi Cook, Hunter Stitzer and Jaydan Olsen.

Saturday’s contest against the Wasatch Academy Lions was the Red Devils’ first region game of the season. The undefeated Lions, playing on their home court in Mt. Pleasant, outpaced the Red Devils to claim a decisive 85-35 victory.

“Wasatch Academy is a good team. They haven’t lost yet this year,” said GCHS head coach Brook Shumway.

Wasatch Academy took the lead at the start of the contest and outscored the Red Devils throughout the game. Heading into halftime, the Lions led the Red Devils by a score of 54-4. Grand and Wasatch Academy both scored 31 points in the second half of the contest, giving the Lions a 50-point win in the end.

Cook was Grand’s high scorer for the game, putting in 14 points for the Red Devils.

Starting varsity players included Bertuzzi, Cook, Stitzer and Risenhoover, with senior Adam Jenkinson returning to play after an ankle injury kept him out of action the previous week.

“It’s hard to tell how we did this week. We played well against Pinnacle and Wasatch was a really good team, coach Shumway said. “It was two different ends of the spectrum. We play San Juan this week and we’ll have a fairly matched region from now on.”

The Red Devils were scheduled to play the San Juan Broncos at home in Moab on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The game against San Juan will be the Red Devils’ second region contest of the season.

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