GRANTSVILLE – After holding a tie game through the first and second quarters, Summit Academy handed Grantsville its second loss of the region season 69-56 Wednesday night.
“Our defensive intensity just wasn’t there throughout the whole game,” Grantsville senior forward Brady Arbon said. “We had it in moments, but we’ve got to play a full game. It’s what’s plagued us all year.”
Grantsville seemed to have the most success in the first half when pounding the ball inside to guards with an offensive mismatch, or to Arbon, who appeared to have recovered from an illness that kept him out of action all last week.
“Brady, we tried to feature him a little bit at the point here to take some pressure off our guards,” Grantsville head coach Bryan Detweiler said. “I thought he was still able to create his offense.”
Summit Academy took advantage of a couple Grantsville mistakes shortly before halftime to score twice in the final 25 seconds, then held the Cowboys scoreless through the first three minutes of the second half, giving the Bears a 12-0 run and 38-31 lead during that stretch.
Grantsville struggled to defend the 3-point shot in the loss, giving up eight during the game — six of which were from open shots in the corner or from 4 feet behind the arc.
Perhaps more important, however, was Grantsville’s inability to rebound consistently. At least 14 Summit Academy points came immediately after offensive rebounds gathered by players at all positions.
“It sucked because we would work so hard to defend them. They’d shoot up a shot and miss it, but then we wouldn’t get the rebound and all of our defense was all for nothing,” Grantsville senior guard Kevin Roberts said. “We just need to box out. That was our biggest problem tonight, in my opinion.”
In the second half, Summit Academy found success with an isolated pick-n-roll offense in which senior guard Isaiah Green stood near mid-court on the left side, then ran off either side of a double screen set at the top of the key by the power forward and center. Green finished with 14 points, leading three other Bears who scored in double-figures.
“We had three keys to what I thought would win this game,” Detweiler said. “Defensive intensity, limit turnovers and rebounding. I thought we struggled rebounding and with our defense in the second half. We had problems keeping (Summit Academy senior forward Tyler Kartchner) off the glass in the second half, then also didn’t have an answer for their big run in the third quarter.”
The loss brings Grantsville to 2-2 in Region 13, tied with Summit Academy and South Summit. Morgan is in firm control with a 4-0 record through the first half, while Judge Memorial is in a winless fifth place.
“Three teams are 2-2 right now,” Roberts said. “It definitely makes everything more intense.”
The Cowboys will next face South Summit on Friday in Kamas, while Summit Academy will play Morgan at home. Both games are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m.
“Any time you have a chance to pick up a region game, it definitely makes life a lot easier,” Detweiler said. “We still can be there. There’s still opportunity there, it just makes it harder. It makes it a really big game on Friday now.”
Tavin Stucki has covered prep sports in Utah for more than nine years. This story was not subject to the approval of the Grantsville basketball program.