The last thing Morgan boys’ basketball coach Brad Matthews anticipated against Grantsville last Wednesday was a blowout victory. The Cowboys came into the game with some impressive wins under their belts, but they were no match at all for the Trojans, who cruised to an easy 73-45 win.
“I was not expecting that,” Matthews said. “Grantsville is an extremely good team. But when we’re shooting like that, we’re hard to beat.”
MHS got rolling early behind some sharpshooting from Trey Miles, building an 11-2 advantage midway through the first quarter. The Cowboys did fight back a bit in the second quarter, narrowing the gap to 20-17. But from there it was all Morgan. The Trojans closed out the first half on an 18-2 run and then started the third quarter by scoring the first nine points. The score was 47-19 barely two minutes into the second half.
“We talked about coming out in the third quarter and putting the game away, and they did,” Matthews said. “You could just see the air go right out of the Grantsville kids.”
Miles led all scorers with 22 points, including four 3-pointers. Cade Russell added 17 points and five assists, while Tyson Hurd contributed 13 points and collected six rebounds.
With the win, the Trojans are the last team in Region 13 without a loss and have put themselves in excellent position for a shot at a region championship. The victory was also Morgan’s seventh straight – its second seven-game winning streak of the season.
“What makes this team scary good is when they’re willing to share the ball like they have been lately,” Matthews said. “Any of them can score, so they’re just moving it around looking for the best shot. It’s pretty to watch when they’re playing unselfish, team ball.”
After the win over Grantsville, the Trojans had a full week off before playing at Judge Memorial on Wednesday. They’ll play Summit Academy on Friday in a much-anticipated rematch of two very talented teams. Morgan returns home next Wednesday for a game against South Summit.