In the Dec. 19 Green River contest, the Pirates opened the game with a 4-0 lead, thanks to two technical free throws, after which they inbounded the ball and scored on their first possession. Grand had been whistled for the technical foul for dunking during pre-game warmups.
Undaunted, Grand then went on an 18-2 run over the next several minutes, with Trevor Bertuzzi scoring six points during that stretch, and Hunter Stitzer and Adam Jenkinson each adding five.
The Red Devils held a commanding 25-11 lead by the end of the first quarter and led 42-19 at halftime.
During the first four minutes of the third period, Grand scored only one field goal, a 3-pointer by Jenkinson. A few minutes later, Kaden Risenhoover got things going again when he made baskets on three successive trips, boosting the Red Devils’ lead to 52-25.
Grand led 56-30 heading into the fourth quarter, which was a high-scoring affair. The Pirates managed to score 28 points to Grand’s 24, but could get no closer than 20 points behind.
Stitzer led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points, including two 3-pointers. Jenkinson scored 15, including three 3-point shots. Also scoring in double figures for Grand were Bertuzzi with 14 points, Risenhoover with 13, and Tanner White with 11.
Two nights earlier, the Red Devils had dropped a close game at Monticello. Grand led 47-44 heading into the fourth quarter of that contest, but Monticello outscored the Red Devils 23-14 down the stretch to come away with the 67-61 victory.
Against Monticello, Jenkinson led the Red Devils with 13 points, while Stitzer and Koi Cook each scored 12 and Risenhoover added nine. The Buckaroos were led by Austin Maloy, who had a big night with 31 points.
Grand’s next two games will be at home on the final weekend of the holiday break. The Red Devils will host Monticello on Friday, Jan. 3 at 7 p.m., followed by an afternoon game against Maeser Preparatory Academy on Saturday, Jan. 4 at 3 p.m. The times listed are for the varsity games; freshman and junior varsity games will also be take place before both contests.