Boys falter in final two games

Kaine Allred has exciting plays in these two photos
Kaine Allred grabs his own rebound for the put-back. Photos by Anthony Militano

The Grand County boys basketball team ended a disappointing regular season with two losses. The Red Devils lost 79-99 to rival San Juan on Wednesday, Feb. 5, at San Juan High School. The Broncos took the first three quarters 26-14, 22-20 and 29-20. Grand took the fourth 25-22, but it was far too little too late.

Kaine Allred had a tremendous game with 33 points. Ryelan Jones picked up 16 points and Tyler Lindsay added six to Grand’s total. Jones and Lindsay worked hard for those numbers and both put up more points against San Juan than they have against any other team this season.

Kaine Allred extends for the opening tipoff against Emery.

The Red Devils lost to the Emery Spartans in a 79-80 nail-biter on Friday, Feb. 7, in Moab. Emotions were running high that evening. Seniors Allred, Milo Birdwell, Luke Williams, Eli Hazlett, and Zack Cook were recognized for their contributions to the team. As the score indicates, the game was close and a tough one for Grand to lose.

The Spartans entered the Devils’ Den as the quintessential basketball superpower with a perfect home record, three road losses and one regional loss. Grand in contrast was at the bottom of the heap with zero regional wins and a steady string of losses at home and on the road over a month-long period. The Spartans conquered Grand by 30 points in January and the odds were unquestionably in Emery’s favor when the Spartans came to Moab.

The Red Devils busted out in front of the Spartans 20-14 in the first quarter. The Red Devils pulled it together and played like a team on both sides of the court. Grand’s defensive timing was magnificent and their shots on the basket consistently dropped.

Grand could do no wrong in the first quarter.

Emery was stunned by Grand’s ferocity in the first quarter, but the Spartans gained offensive momentum and took the second 24-15. Grand was down three at the half, 35-38.

The third quarter was a 20-point draw. The fourth quarter was the stuff of lore. Grand was behind, caught up and took the lead with less than seven minutes left to play and promptly lost the lead again. As the clock ticked down the game was tied several times and the lead exchanged hands several times.

Fouls became a factor for both sides.

Grand was up 78-76 with about 15 seconds left in the game. Emery tied it up at about the four-second mark. With 0.7 seconds left, Grand committed a foul. The hometown crowd booed. According to it takes between 0.1–0.4 seconds to blink. In less than two blinks of an eye, the Red Devils committed a foul and Emery went to the line and won the game.

The Red Devils end the regular season with an 8-14 overall record and 0-10 in the region.