Devils lose nail-biter to open 2019-20 campaign

The Grand County boy’s basketball team lost the first game of the season to the North Sanpete Hawks, 59-62 on Friday, Nov. 22, at Vivint Arena, in Salt Lake City. The Red Devils outscored the Hawks 20-12 in the first quarter. North Sanpete edged Grand 18-17 in the second. The Red Devils fell behind 10-16 in the third and 12-16 in the fourth.

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The Red Devils basketball team scrimmage during a preseason workout. Photo by Anthony Militano

Kaine Allred led the way for Grand with 26 points, including two baskets from three-point land and 11 rebounds. Luke Williams scored 13 points with two three-pointers and four rebounds. Eli Hazlett had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ryelan Jones picked up six buckets and five rebounds for the Red Devils.

In a preseason interview, head coach Scott Horton said he has “a very competitive group of kids. A lot of them played varsity for me last year, so we have a lot of experience. Our region is a hard region, but we compete well within our region, so if we work on our basketball, we’ll do just fine,” he said.

Thirty-two players signed up for the team this year. “That’s a lot of guys to run through drills and get them ready for games,” Horton admitted. “They have to be competitive or else they just won’t make the cut. My varsity team will have 12 kids with a chance to put three more on the bench depending on how they play in earlier games … if a player does well in the JV game, they’ll get to dress for a varsity game.”

The boy’s basketball team played an away game against the Union Cougars Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Roosevelt after The Times-Independent’s “B” section went to press. The Red Devils will play their first home game against the Monticello Buckaroos on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

“I’m looking forward to a fun season,” Horton said. “Come on out and watch some Grand County boy’s basketball. ”