CLEARFIELD — Memo to Granger High School: Stay out of northern Davis County.
After getting crushed by Layton a couple of weeks ago, the Granger Lancers rode into Clearfield and got pounded 49-30 by the Falcons on Tuesday evening.
Clearfield evened its preseason record at 3-3, matching its win total for all of last year.
“A lot of these kids played last year and have been through it before,” Clearfield coach Curtis Hulse said. “I’m happy with them and feel good, but we have a long way to go; our region is really tough.”
The Falcons built their lead in each successive quarter and soared to their largest lead just before the final buzzer. Granger scored the first and final buckets of the fourth period, but in between Clearfield flew away on a 15-0 journey that put the game out of reach.
“They began to press us and it opened things up with a lot of backdoor cuts for easy baskets,” Hulse said, as the Falcons shot 19-of-41 from the field and had assists on 17 of their made shots.
Kyler Moore led the Falcons with 20 points, including a trio of bombs from beyond the arc.
“I felt it during warm ups,” said Moore. “When I get open looks I have to knock them down and today I was able to keep making shots.”
Clearfield held the Lancers to single digits in three quarters, including the second stanza when Granger only had one field goal, that coming with 1:46 left in the half.
“We place a great emphasis on defense, because on some nights the ball just won’t go in,” Hulse added. “We can keep it close and give ourselves a chance by playing well on the defensive end.”
• EAST 71, BOX ELDER 68: At Brigham City, the Leopards’ Peter Barrus picked the right spot for his only basket of the game. Box Elder had the ball with the score tied with 20 seconds remaining, but East forced a turnover and Barrus converted a layup for the lead.
After the Leopards added a free throw, Box Elder’s halfcourt try to send it to overtime with 0.4 seconds remaining missed the mark.
Barrus’ lone bucket made the difference in a game otherwise determined by scoring outbursts from a duo on each side of the ball.
East’s Parker Van Dyke had 32 points and his teammate, Mitch Grant, added 22. Box Elder’s Shad Watson poured in a game-high 36 in the loss and was backed up by 19 from Tyler Bate.
• ROY 54, FREMONT 48: At Roy, the Royals rode Jesse Wayment’s game-high 22 points and 12 from David Hadley to victory.
Kade Criswell had 12 and Bryce Graves added 11 for the Silver Wolves.
• SKY VIEW 62, TIMPANOGOS 56: At Orem, Jalen Moore had a game-high 25 points to pace the Bobcats on the road.