Red Devils claw the Wildcats in Richfield

​ The Grand County boys’ basketball squad bounced back after a tough road loss to the South Sevier Rams, rolling over Richfield for the second time this season, 80-73, on Saturday, Feb. 3.

​ The Red Devils controlled the tempo for most of the game and ended the first quarter with a narrow lead, 16-15. Richfield managed to flip the script in the second quarter, this time outscoring the Devils by one point, 18-17 — sending the teams into the locker rooms at halftime tied 33-all. In pure Red Devils fashion, the boys ramped up the intensity in the final half of the game, and the Wildcats lost all hope of a comeback.

​ One of Grand’s keys to victory over Richfield was ball control. The Red Devils were able to keep the turnovers to a minimum, losing possession only six times and earning just as many steals.

​ Resident Red Devil big man Cameron Hoppensteadt had a heck of a night, dropping a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He also added four assists, three blocks and a steal.

​ Senior Alec Williams had a great showing as well, dropping 19 points, four rebounds, seven assists and two steals. Three other Red Devils had triple-digit nights, with Nolan Ramirez scoring 15, Brayden Schultz scoring 10, and Masen Ward dropping 16.

​ The results of the Emery game, played on Wednesday, Feb. 7, were not available by press time. The Red Devils (16-4, 8-3) will begin their playoff push on Saturday, Feb. 17 at Orem High School.

ByBy Drew Chowbay

The Times-Independent