Burns def. Grant Union 60-51
JOHN DAY - Cold shooting in the first half resulted in the Grant Union High School boys basketball team digging themselves a deep hole that they were unable to climb out of, and the Pros dropped a 60-51 non-league decision to Burns on Tuesday, Dec. 10.
The loss kept the Prospectors winless in preseason games at 0-2.
"We just missed too many shots in the first half and turned the ball over too many times," Grant Union coach Mike Workman said.
The Prospectors took a 3-1 lead to open the game on a 1-for-2 effort from the free throw line by Bo Thunell and a Trevor Simmons basket from inside, but after that it was all Burns.
Grant Union went ice cold from the field during the middle of the first quarter which allowed the Hilanders to race out to a 14-5 lead.
Turnovers at both ends of the court hurt the Pros effort and it seemed like every time Grant Union lost the ball Burns was able to score.
By the end of the first eight minutes of play, Burns was ahead 18-7.
The second quarter wasn't much better as Grant Union's shots continued to miss the mark, and the Hilanders put an additional 13 points on the board to hold a 31-16 halftime advantage.
"We were tentative in the first half and didn't shoot the ball very well," Workman said. "We haven't had a good shooting game yet."
In the second half, the Prospectors fell behind by as many as 20 points before beginning to mount a rally.
Billy Colson had the hot hand for the Prospectors in the third quarter hitting a pair of three-pointers and putting up eight points, as Grant Union out-scored Burns 16-15 to cut the lead to 46-32 heading into period of play.
The Prospectors put together a furious come back attempt in the final minutes of the game shaving the lead to seven points with 1:26 remaining on a 1-for-2 effort from the line by Matt Curtis, but were unable to get any closer.
"We had our chances down the stretch, but missed a couple of free throws," Workman said. "The kids all played hard and never gave up, and that was a good thing. Our shooting is going to come around and we will get better as the season goes along."
Colson scored 14 points and Simmons added 11 for Grant Union. Thunell and Andy Ellison chipped in with eight points apiece.
Burns had three players in double figures led by Aba Choate who poured in a game-high 22 points. Teammates David King and Tyler Johnson hit for 18 and 10 points respectively.