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Kanab wins own Cowboy Classic
Kanab’s basketball team won two nail-biters last week to win the Cowboy Classic basketball tournament. The Cowboys nipped Virgin Valley in the championship game 62-61 in overtime to claim the title. They came from behind in their first game to edge San Juan 67-63.
Derrik Fox made two clutch free throws with :03 left in overtime with Kanab clinging to a 60-58 lead. His two points proved to be the difference when Virgin Valley sank a three pointer from the corner at the buzzer to make the final 62-61.
Fox redeemed himself for missing two free throws with :46 left in overtime. The Cowboys could have put the game away, but made only two of six free throws in the final 1:05 to allow the Bulldogs to stay close.
Tournament MVP Layne Anderson scored 20 points and grabbed six boards to lead Kanab. Monte Glover added 12 points, grabbed eight off the glass and dished off eight assists. Kade Jackson was one point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 11 rebounds. Besides the big free throws at the end, Derrik Fox snagged 10 caroms and tallied six points. Parker Collins scored six points and had three rebounds, while Tavin Ott put in five and Sladen Ott four to round out the scoring.
Although the game was close, Kanab led most of the way. Virgin Valley led by one point midway through the first period, and by two points early in the second, for their only leads of the first half. A deep three from Glover with :03 left in the second frame gave Kanab a 28-24 lead at the break.
Three rebound putbacks by Parker in the final four minutes of the third quarter gave Kanab a 38-32 lead. Three Virgin Valley free throws in the final seconds cut the Cowboy lead to 38-35, before Anderson sank two charity tosses to make the score 40-35 heading into the final frame.
The Bulldogs took the lead midway through the fourth 45-43. With 4:30 left, Glover laid it in after a steal for a 46-45 Kanab advantage. Tavin Ott put in a rebound for a 48-46 lead. After Virgin Valley tied it up, Sladen Ott hit a three from the corner, followed by an Anderson layin on a fast break for a 53-48 Cowboy lead with under three minutes left in regulation. The Bulldogs knotted the game up on a three pointer and two free throws, then took the lead on a backdoor cut. Tavin Ott made a driving layup to tie the game at 55-55 with :58 on the clock. After Anderson took a charge, Kanab held the ball for the last shot, but an Anderson shot at the buzzer missed and the game was headed to OT.
After a Virgin Valley three, Anderson tied it up at 58-58 on a three of his own. Sladen Ott made one of two free throws with 1:05 left in OT for a 59-58 Kanab lead. Anderson tipped a Bulldog pass, and Glover stole it and was fouled. With :17 left Glover made one of two from the charity line, setting the stage for the Fox rebound and free throws.
In Kanab’s first game against San Juan, they built up an eight point lead at the break, 34-26, thanks to a 20 point second quarter. Dane Stewart drilled three from downtown in the period. Kanab led by 13 late in the quarter, before San Juan closed the gap by hitting two baskets in the last 20 seconds.
The Broncos kept the momentum going with a huge third quarter, when they outscored Kanab 18-9, to lead by five, 48-43, heading into the fourth. Kanab was tied with the Broncos, but a driving layup and a three pointer in the final seconds gave them the lead.
Kanab tied the game at 52-52 following another Stewart trey and a Sladen Ott 15 footer. More missed free throws by the Cowboys down the stretch kept San Juan in the game. With :27 left, a rebound putback by the Broncos closed the gap to 64-61. Kade Jackson was quickly fouled and he made both for a 66-61 lead and the game ended 67-63.
Layne Anderson played another great game, with 23 points, seven boards and four steals. Dane Stewart had his best game of the year, sinking 16 points, including four bombs. Monte Glover netted 13 and dished off a game-high five assists. Glover joined Anderson on the all-tournament team.
Kanab hosts North Sevier on January 6, travels to South Sevier on January 13, then Enterprise comes to town on January 15.