MONROE – The South Sevier High School boys’ basketball team traveled to Cedar City for the three-day Steve Hodson Cancer Classic tournament.
The Rams lost to Hurricane, 61-36, Dec. 26. After which, they defeated American Preparatory Academy from West Valley, 55-37, Friday, and then suffered a 60-43 loss to Cedar City Saturday.
South Sevier and Hurricane had a bit of a slow start during their matchup. The squads hit the locker rooms with the Tigers on top 20-15 at halftime. Hurricane extended their advantage during the back half of the game outscoring the Rams 24-10 in the third and 17-11 during the fourth quarter for the win.
Brennen Hunt led the Rams nailing two from behind the arc for six of his 15 points. He also had five rebounds, two assists and a steal. Brandt Williams put up eight points, pulled down eight boards and had an assist. Landen Payne contributed four points, a rebound, an assist and stole the ball twice from the Tigers. Karson Hunt added three points, a rebound and an assist for the Rams. Manuel Miramontes had two points and two boards. Jarin Robb also had two points, while Ridge Tebbs had a point, an assist and a steal during the matchup.
In the victory over APA West Valley, South Sevier controlled the pace from tip-off to the final buzzer. The Rams took an early lead in the first quarter outscoring the Eagles 17-7, and then 16-6 in the second for a 33-13 advantage at the midpoint of the game. The Eagles added 12 points to the scoreboard in the third quarter, while holding the Rams to 10 points. Both squads scored 12 points during the final eight-minute stretch.
Brennen had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Rams. Williams drained two from downtown for half of his 12 points. He also had five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Miramontes hit a trey on his way to 10 points, a rebound, an assist and a steal. Tebbs earned all of his nine-point contribution from behind the arc. He also nabbed four boards, had an assist and stole the ball twice from the Eagles. Payne added seven points to the Rams’ scoreboard, in addition to three rebounds, an assist and three steals, while Karson pulled down six boards and had a steal.
Cedar City’s Reds shut the Rams down for the first three quarters of the bout building a 35-point advantage – 12-2 in the first, 24-8 in the second and 16-7 during the third. The Rams had a big fourth quarter adding 26 points to the scoreboard and holding the Reds to eight points, yet fell short of a come-from-behind win.
Williams drilled three from downtown for nine of his 20 points. He also had three rebounds and two steals for the Rams. Brennen put up seven points, pulled four boards and stole the ball once. Miramontes contributed six points, three rebounds and an assist. Tebbs chalked two points and two assists, while Karson had two points, two boards, an assist and a steal. Payne nabbed six rebounds, in addition to an assist and a steal for the Rams.
The Rams will host the Dinos of Carbon on their home court in Monroe Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 7 p.m. The squad will then go on the road for two back-to-back games – the first against San Juan’s Broncos in Blanding Friday, Jan. 10, at 7 p.m., which will be followed by a bout with Grand’s Red Devils in Moab Saturday, Jan. 11, at 4 p.m.