MONROE — The penultimate week of region basketball action ended with South Sevier splitting a pair of games Friday and Saturday.
First, the Rams took on Grand Friday night in a 64-48 victory.
The Red Devils proved scrappy through the first half, as the Rams started things off with an 11-0 run. The Red Devils were able to close the gap to 11-10 with 2:35 left in the first stanza.
That’s when Tracen Winkle rolled out the outside artillery and fired off a 3-pointer. Brandt Williams followed with two more, pushing the Rams to a 20-10 edge at the end of the first quarter.
Grand outscored the Rams 17-9 in the second period, with South Sevier grasping onto a 29-27 lead at the half.
However, when they retook the court, the Rams had little trouble dispatching the Devils. After a 21-14 effort in the third, Grand had no chance to catch up.
Williams led all scoring players with 28 points, including three 3-pointers. He had a double-double as he also pulled down 14 rebounds during the game.
Landen Payne contributed 16 points to the effort, also landing three treys.
Winkle hit two 3-pointers on his way to 11 points. Brennen Hunt posted five points.
Karson Hunt posted four points and pulled down 11 boards to help the Ram effort.
Saturday night was a different story as San Juan pulled into town to take a 54-46 win over the Rams.
The Broncos took an early lead, going up 13-10 in the first quarter. By halftime, the game was still close, 23-22, in favor of San Juan. The Rams couldn’t find an answer to Jaxon Torgerson, who pounded the net for 19 points, including a trio of 3-pointers.
The Broncos were able to outpace South Sevier 17-10 in the third, which was enough to cement the win.
Hunt led the Rams’ effort against San Juan with 18 points, including one shot from beyond the arch.
Williams posted 13 in the win, also draining one downtowner. Payne posted nine points, including one outside shot, followed by Winkle with a pair of 3-pointers.
The Rams are looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of rival Richfield during the final game of the regular season, which is set for Friday, Feb. 7.