Except for a fleeting moment near the start, the Grant Union Prospectors led the way throughout their first nonconference home game for a 46-39 win over the Burns Hilanders.
“The boys came out ready to play,” said Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright. “They knew it was going to be a tough match, but they all came out and played well.”
Prospector Cole Deiter was the high-point scorer for Grant Union with 16, followed by Zack Deiter and Cauy Weaver who each scored eight.
Five Prospectors on the floor in the first quarter contributed to the scoring, including Zack Deiter with four, Duane Stokes with four, Cole Deiter one free-throw point and two from the field with an assist from Wade Reimers, Cauy Weaver with two and Kellen Shelley with one from the free-throw line.
“It’s great to have Wade back,” Wright said. Reimers had been recovering from a football injury.
Grant Union raised their five-point lead at the half, 21-16, to 10 at the close of the third at 34-24.
The Hilanders made a strong attempt to overtake in the fourth, whittling down the Prospectors’ lead to three points in the last minute, Grant Union ahead 42-39.
The Prospectors held Burns to 39 while adding four more points to the board.
Wright said he was impressed with his team’s composure.
“They stayed patient looking for the opportunity to score,” he said, adding their rebounding was great.
“We played against a great team, and we had a lot of support,” he said.
Grant Union stats vs. Burns
Cole Deiter: 16
Zack Deiter: 8
Cauy Weaver: 8
Duane Stokes: 7
Kellen Shelley: 5
Wade Reimers: 6