The Red Devils kicked off last weekend’s games by besting the North Sanpete Hawks at home, 59-56, before toppling the Templars on Saturday.
The action began Friday, Jan. 26 as the Red Devils hosted the Hawks. The game got off to a rough start for Grand County, thanks to sloppy passing and many missed scoring opportunities. The Red Devils quickly fell behind and struggled to keep up with the Hawks offense, which outscored them in the first three quarters.
The Red Devils went down 20-15 in the first quarter — and were out-matched again in the second, 13-12 — sending them into the locker room at halftime down 33-27. The third quartet presented another big challenge as the Hawks extended their lead, 51-41. The boys were able to turn up the intensity in the fourth quarter, however.
Junior Cameron Hoppensteadt, as head coach Scott Horton promised, proved to be “too much” for the Hawks to handle. Three of Hoppensteadt’s 18 total points came at a crucial moment in the game when he made a fortune-changing basket while being fouled. The entire gym rocked as Hoppensteadt sank his free throw, putting the Devils back on top where they would stay for the remainder of the contest.
Hoppensteadt shot 80 percent from the free-throw line, sinking eight of ten attempts. Seniors Alec Williams and Brayden Schultz also put up double-digit scores. With Williams dropping 15 and Schultz scoring 20, the Red Devils were able to out-score the Hawks 18-5 in the final minutes of the game. The Red Devils’ intensity under pressure, coupled with their 20 total free-throw points is ultimately what gave them the edge over North Sanpete.
Hoppensteadt and Schultz also had a double-double night, with Hoppensteadt grabbing 12 rebounds for the Red Devils and Schultz penciling in 13.