Granby guard Jayden Epps (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
A second half surge drives a Granby win
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
On Tuesday night, the Granby boys basketball team showed what they’re made of.
After missing two games, Jeriah Sweat led the Comets in a frenzied defensive effort. Sweat finished the game with 18 rebounds and five blocks
Granby was down by 11 points in the third quarter before going on a 24-5 run to take a 50-42 lead to start the 4th quarter. From there, the Comets cruised.
Freshman Jayden Epps contributed a game-high 26 points (along with four rebounds, four assists and five steals) while his older brother Antwan Epps added 14 points to the winning effort.
“Both teams played well. I think our conditioning kicked in in the second half. We picked it up a little bit more,” said Granby Coach Mike Evans. “Defensive pressure (was the difference). Junior Mitchell came in the game and gave us some good energy off the bench. We played together on the defensive end.”
With the win, Granby moves to 14-4 on the season with games remaining against district rivals Lake Taylor (6-15), Maury (17-2) and Wilson (7-13).
Norview is now 13-8 with games remaining against Maury (17-2), Wilson (7-13), and Norcom (6-13).
Since Granby is the only Class 6 team in the Eastern District, they won’t see any of their familiar opponents in the playoffs. That will change next year when Granby joins Maury and Norview in VHSL Class 5.
– Andy Hilton