The Grantsville Cowboys left Cedar City Saturday night with smoking guns and a state title.
Grantsville's Spencer Allred poured in a game-high 17 points and teammate Kelly Mondragon added 12 more as the Cowboys captured their first state title since 1979 with a 58-47 victory over Juab at SUU's Centrum."We've carried the No. 1 mantle all year, and game after game after game we have risen to the challenge," Grantsville coach Jeff Hamm said. "I didn't know if we had one more hit in us."
It was the Cowboys' third straight title victory over Juab, as they posted wins in football this year and baseball last year.
Grantsville took the early lead, but two quick buckets by Trevor Casper and Matt Ware to end the first quarter gave the Wasps an 11-10 lead and mo-men-tum.
The Wasps continued the tear as Casper and Adam Ware each hit a pair of baskets for a 19-12 lead.
The Cowboys answered with three 3-pointers (Isaac Butler, Alan Mouritsen and Jeremy Cummings) and baskets by Allred and Cummings, for an 11-2 run to take a 27-23 lead at the break.
"We fell apart at the end of the second quarter," Juab coach Wade Jacobsen said. "We had been in control most of the first half. Then the doubt started to set in, and we never really responded."
The Wasps climbed back to tie the score at 27-all early in the third period, but another huge Grantsville run - 13-0 - put the game out of reach.
Josh Park led the Wasps (16-9) with 13 points.
In other tournament action:
GUNNISON 61, ENTERPRISE 58: Jacob King led three Gunnison players who scored in double-figures with 16 points as the Bulldogs posted a come-from-behind victory for the consolation title. Reuben Evans had a game-high 20 points for the Wolves.
NORTH SEVIER 33, BEAVER 32: Ameen Shaheen scored the game-winner with two seconds left to lift the Wolves to third place. Mark Robinson, who had 12 points, hit a 3-pointer late in the game before Shaheen's bucket. Shaheen led North Sevier with 14 points.