The Grant Union Prospector boys started their weekend games with a 55-48 win over the Bobcats on Friday in Union, followed by a 42-40 loss on Saturday to the Imbler Panthers.
Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright said the game against Union was tough and physical, with his team controlling it for the most part.
By halftime, Grant Union was up 32-26.
“We started out the tempo extremely well,” Wright said. “Two minutes into the fourth quarter, we kind of lost a bit of focus.”
Union caught up, then went ahead by four points.
“I called a timeout and settled them down a little bit,” he said.
Grant Union stayed composed for the remainder of the game, playing offense with patience, he said.
In the final two minutes, Duane Stokes, Ty McDaniel and Zack Deiter each scored a three-point shot for the win.
“The boys played extremely well,” Wright said. “It’s really hard to play at Union. They’re always physical, always tough. The crowd is always loud, so they did a great job.”
The Grant Union boys also pressed forward to the end against Imbler, but the Panthers held on for a 42-40 win.
Grant Union started strong with an 18-11 lead in the first quarter. By the half, the Prospectors were still leading 23-20.
Things were going right for Grant Union in the third when they gained a seven-point lead, but then Imbler passed them up 31-29.
The Prospectors were down 40-35 with 1:22 left in the game when Grant Union’s Ty McDaniel hit a big three-pointer.
Imbler gained one point at the free-throw line. Then Prospector Zack Deiter sank a two-point shot, bringing Grant Union within one point.
Imbler again scored 1-2 at the free-throw line, but in the few seconds that remained, Grant Union was unable to score.
“It was a hard fight,” said Grant Union head coach Kelsy Wright. “We were there to win it.”
Wright said he was pleased with how his team clamped down on Imbler’s high scorers, keeping them below their average range.
He highlighted Prospector Cauy Weaver for his rebounding .
“Cauy’s was rebounding mad, last night and tonight,” Wright said.
“I was really proud of the way they played both games this weekend,” he said. “It was a tough weekend for us with tough teams in the league.”
Grant Union hosted 1A Crane on Tuesday, past press time.
Grant Union boys vs. Union
Zack Deiter: 15 (two three-pointers, 7-9 free throws)
Ty McDaniel: 14
Duane Stokes: 10 (two three-pointers, 2-2 free throws)
Cauy Weaver: 7
Cole Deiter: 6 (one three-pointer)
Kellen Shelley: 4 (2-2 free throws)
Grant Union boys vs. Imbler
Duane Stokes: 14 (one three-pointer, 3-4 free throws)
Zack Deiter: 8 (2-2 free throws)
Cauy Weaver: 8
Ty McDaniel: 6 (two three-pointers)
Kellen Shelley: 4