There’s an old saying, “You live by the three, and you die by the three.” Well, the Kanab Cowboys were living well, nailing a bunch of threes last Thursday, when they beat North Summit in the first game at the 2-A State Tournament ,77-65. But, they died on Friday in their semifinal game against Waterford by connecting on only three of 17 from beyond the arc, losing 51-34. With the loss, the Cowboys played South Sevier on Saturday for third place. The Rams were just to good, as Kanab played them tough before falling, 78-67.

In Thursday’s game, Kanab shot out to a 12-3 lead, thanks in part to two three-pointers from Payton Jesus. North Summit battled back and only trailed by three points, 14-11 after one. Jesus started the second quarter just as hot, hitting his third trey 14 seconds in. A deep three from Craig Brinkerhoff and a Rhees Jackson three from the top of the key kept the Cowboys in the lead 23-19. The Braves hung tough and took the lead for the first time since their opening basket at the end of the first half, when Kanab was called for goaltending, with a hand in the net, to make the score 33-32.

North Summit led for most of the third quarter, their biggest advantage being 48-41. The Cowboys went on a 9-0 run to lead 50-48 before the Braves scored at the buzzer once again to tie it at 50-50. The final frame stayed close, with Kanab leading 61-58 with 4:18 left to play, when the Cowboys erupted for 12 straight points, to pull away 73-58. The lead stayed between 12 and 16 points for the rest of the game.

Rhees Jackson scored 22 points to pace the Cowboys, with Payton Jesus netting 19 and Craig Brinkerhoff 18.

In the semifinal contest with Waterford, Kanab had to battle the Ravens 6’11” Neal Monson, who is headed to play at the U of U. The Cowboys were tied after one period, 8-8. Kanab led 14-12 halfway through the second, when Waterford went on a 12-0 run to lead at the half 24-16.

Kanab blew a huge opportunity in the third when Monson sat out the final 3:18 after picking up this third foul. The Cowboys failed to score a point over the last five minutes and trailed 33-25 after three. The fourth period was all Waterford, as the Kanab drought continued, with two Brinkerhoff lay-ups all they could muster until less than a minute remained.

Craig Brinkerhoff led Kanab with 10 points, with Rhees Jackson and Justin Orton adding seven apiece.

With the loss, Kanab faced South Sevier on Saturday for third place after the Rams were upset Friday evening by South Summit 62-59. The Rams led 11-5 after one, and 30-19 at the break, before stretching it to 57-39 after three. A 10-0 run by Kanab trimmed the lead to 69-57, but it was too little, too late and the Cowboys fell 78-67.

Rhees Jackson led the local boys with 26 points. Craig Brinkerhoff added 14 and Justin Orton netted nine. Payton Jesus and Kade Quarnberg each contributed eight points.

South Summit edged Waterford 38-37 to win the 2-A title, beating all three #1 seeds.