A big opening quarter for the opponent proved too much to overcome for the Grand County boy’s basketball team, which lost to the Carbon Dinos 61-79, on Wednesday, Jan. 29, at home. The Dinos churned out a 31-11 lead in the first quarter. The Red Devils clawed back and took the second 17-12, but the Red Devils were still down 28-43 at half time.
It was the first of three disappointing outcomes for the Red Devils.
Grand came out of the locker room with renewed energy and optimism and took the third quarter 18-14. The Dinos, however, hit a burst in the fourth and refused to relinquish the lead and got the win.
Kaine Allred led the charge for Grand County with 21 points and nine rebounds. Luke Williams netted 12 points; two buckets from three-point territory, two rebounds, five assists and one steal.
Milo Birdwell picked up 10 points, two three pointers, six rebounds, and one assist. Zack Cook, Rafe Saunders and Chasee Croasmun snagged a rebound.
The Devils played a good game. Allred dunked, Williams and Eli Hazlett had some timely stops, stuffs and rejections. Ryelan Jones must have watched “The Matrix” before the game because he literally had flying ninja defensive moves.
The game was one of the last home contests this season and the hometown crowd was treated to some rare performances. The Grand County Jazz Club made an appearance and played “Ironman” by Black Sabbath, among other notable tunes. The GHCS cheerleaders performed routines to keep the crowd pumped up.
Rams topple Devils
Two days later the Red Devils lost to the South Sevier Rams 48-64 at South Sevier High School in Monroe. The game was roller coaster for Grand County. The Rams busted out with a 20-10 lead in the first. The Red Devils countered with a 17-9 second quarter and the team was just one bucket short, down 27-29 at halftime.
The Rams roared out on the gate and clearly won the points battle in the third, taking it 21-4. The Red Devils rebounded and took the fourth 17-14, but came up short.
Birdwell had 12 points, Williams nine, Saunders and Jones had six points and Allred and Hazlett had five points apiece. Croasmun picked up two points.
Wildcats defeat Grand County
The Red Devils lost to the Richfield Wildcats 43-69 on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 1, at Richfield High School. The Wildcats took the first, second and third quarters 11-3, 20-10, 23-12. Grand got the fourth 18-15.
Allred was way out in front with 24 points and two threes; his tally was more than half of the Red Devils point total for the game. Williams and Birdwell had five points and one three pointer. Saunders tallied four points and Jones three.
The Red Devils will play their final home game of the season against the Emery Spartans on Friday, Feb. 4. Seniors will be honored.