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Prep basketball: Stansbury beats rival Grantsville, 67-55, in OT

By CJ Pronk, KSL.com Contributor | Posted - Dec. 15, 2011 at 2:12 p.m.



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GRANTSVILLE — Regulation was not enough to decide the heated rivalry between the Stansbury Stallions and the Grantsville Cowboys Wednesday night in the Region 11 opener for both teams.

Instead, the game went to overtime deadlocked at 52 before Stansbury outscored the Cowboys 15-3 in the extra period to shock the Cowboys, 67-55.

The Stallions had a chance to close it out in regulation when the Cowboys turned the ball over with five seconds to go. Stansbury's Stone Tia came up with the ball, but missed a contested layup as time expired, sending the game into overtime.

Tia led all scorers with 20, while Dalen Erickson scored 16 for the Cowboys.

After a 32-28 lead at the break, the Cowboys had a minor letdown to begin the second half. Stansbury went on a 10-2 run to grab a four-point lead midway through the third quarter, but the Cowboys answered, and tied the game at 40 going into the fourth quarter.

Late in the fourth quarter, Grantsville appeared to have the game in the bag. The Cowboys led 52-47 with only 1:12 remaining when Stansbury junior Brek Bentley hit his first shot of the night — a 3-pointer — to cut the Grantsville lead to two. On Grantsville’s next possession the Stallions forced a turnover, and Ryan Robbins put in the layup to tie the game at 52.

In overtime, the Stallions pulled away. Back-to-back jump shots by Wyatt Branch gave the Stallions a five-point lead, and a flagrant foul by Grantsville put the nail in the coffin.

The Stallions shot 21-of-26 from the free-throw line, while Grantsville was only 12-of-19 from the charity stripe.

Behind Tia, Kirby Harris added 15 and Wyatt Branch had 12. Devon Arellano added 10 for Grantsville.

CJ Pronk is a junior at Stansbury High School.

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