Miners road woes continue
Ryan Summerlin January 29, 2013
Senior guard/forward Hayden Daily put on a shooting clinic at Wasatch High School on Friday night, draining six three-pointers and finishing the game with 22 points to lead the Park City Miners.
Unfortunately for Daily, his offensive outburst wasn’t enough to prevent his team from falling to 0-3 on the road in Region 10 play, as the Wasps weathered Daily’s onslaught to claim a 64-49 victory in boys’ basketball over their biggest rivals.
"It was a disappointing loss," Park City coach Caleb Fine said. "We just didn’t do a good enough job on the offensive end and our defense wasn’t there."
He credited Daily for keeping the game within reach for the Miners at halftime.
"He really carried us back to a tie game after we were down double digits," Fine said.
But after being outscored 18-5 in the third period, Park City wasn’t able to pull off a comeback in the final frame.
"We just couldn’t string together stops," Fine said. "We gave up too many easy buckets."
Wasatch used a balanced offensive attack to pick up the win, with three players amassing double-digit point totals: Cooper Ballstaedt (15), Jake Larson (13) and Jeff Murdock (11).
Other than Daily’s 22-point outburst, Park City didn’t have a player reach double digits. Ryan Sherman had nine points and Bosten VanDerVeur chipped in seven.
Fine said it’s up to the coaching staff to get the Miners to play with a sense of urgency on the road.
"We’re just not approaching these games the way we need to," he said. "We’re going to keep challenging them and impress upon them the urgency they need on the road."
But with two more home games on the schedule, as well as road games against the bottom two teams in Region 10, Fine thinks the team can still compete for a region title.
"We’re playing to win it all," he said. "I’m confident that if this team goes about things the right way, we’ll be fine."
The two home games are against Union and Judge Memorial, the teams sitting atop the Region 10 standings.
Fine said with the way his squad has protected its home court this year, anything is possible in those games.
"We have a great fan base at home," he said. "They’re a big reason we’ve been able to compete."
The Wasps (6-12) improved to 3-3 in Region 10 play. Park City fell to 3-3 in region (7-11 overall). The Miners were back in action at home on Tuesday night against Union, after this issue went to press. They’ll play at Uintah on Feb. 1.