The Red Devils boys’ basketball team skewered the Emery Spartans on Wednesday, Jan. 17, with a final score of 90-86. The game was a tight match, with each quarter a little too close for comfort for the Red Devils. Grand took the lead early by a margin of one point, edging ahead in the first quarter, 20-19. The Red Devils outscored Emery again in the second quarter, 22-18, heading into the half with the lead and the score sitting at 42-37.
The Spartans made a mad dash in the third quarter, outscoring Grand 28-23, which brought the game to a tie at 65-all heading into the final quarter. The Devils were, however, able to rally and quickly grab a lead — a lead that they held onto until the end of the game despite the Spartans attempts to foul their way back into it. The Devils outscored Emery, 25-21, in the fourth quarter.
Emery attempted to buy time by intentionally fouling Red Devil players with the logic that they might have a better chance of covering the deficit if Grand couldn’t run out the clock. The Red Devils quickly shut down that theory, as they capitalized from the free-throw line to rack up 22 points total and a 65-percent average.
Junior Cameron Hoppensteadt had another double-double performance, dropping 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Junior Kevin Park also had a standout showing, sniping three-pointers all night and racking up a total of 17 points. Alec Williams also shined, but from the free-throw line and would prove to be the bane of Spartan existence by sinking 10 of 11 free throws for a 91-percent free-throw percentage. Williams contributed 15 points. Junior Brayden Schultz and senior Josh Jones also had double-digit nights, with Schultz scoring 12 and Jones adding 16.
“They all can shoot. You can’t quit until the game's over,” said Red Devils head coach Scott Horton.
The results of Grand County’s away game at San Juan on Wednesday, Jan. 24 were not available by press time. The Red Devils will return to action at home this weekend as they host North Sanpete on Friday, Jan. 26 at 7 p.m., and Manti on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m.