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