We’ve set goals to get continuous stops this year and cut runs early, and tonight guys were able to focus in and get continuous stops and it fueled our offense and let us break loose a little bit. —Manti coach Devin Shakespear
ST. GEORGE — Manti will get one more shot at rival South Sevier
Manti dominated Grantsville in the second half of Friday’s 3A semifinal rolling to the 56-37 victory at Dixie State.
South Sevier swept Manti during their two region meetings, and they’ll meet one more time at 7 p.m. on Saturday for the 3A state championship.
“South Sevier is a great team. We’re excited. We’re excited to be there. We’re excited for the opportunity,” said Manti coach Devin Shakespear.
Manti led Grantsville 21-19 at the half on Friday, and it was shaping up to be a tight finish when Ammon Bartley hit a 3-pointer for Grantsville to cut the deficit to 28-27 with 3:35 left in the third quarter
Over the next seven and a half minutes though, Manti outscored Grantsville 18-0 to pull away for good.
“We’ve set goals to get continuous stops this year and cut runs early, and tonight guys were able to focus in and get continuous stops and it fueled our offense and let us break loose a little bit,” said Shakespear.
Manti scored a lot of easy buckets in transition and shot 52 percent from the floor, including 62 percent in the second half. Grantsville connected on just 17 percent of its shots in the second half, finishing at a 27 percent.
Matt Nelson had another terrific game for Manti finishing with 16 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Dylan Wathen chipped in with 13 points.
Brady Arbon led Grantsville with 11 points in the loss while playing on a sprained ankle he suffered in Thursday’s quarterfinal win over Grand.