PCHS boys’ basketball: 4A Logan slips past Park City
December 16, 2011
After an exciting and emotional win over Snow Canyon last Friday, the cardiac kids came up short this time around Wednesday night against visiting 4A Logan.
The Park City High School boys’ basketball team rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter to tie the visiting Grizzlies on a 3-point shot by senior guard Jono Schettler with 30 seconds left in the game, but lost after Logan was able to sink two free throws with less than two seconds remaining to escape with a 60-58 win.
"It was another one of those games," said Park City head coach Caleb Fine. "Once again, we weren’t very good in the first half. We’ve got to start playing a complete game.
"Logan’s very good, but I think we let another one slip away."
The Miners were paced offensively by senior forward Britton Buford who scored 22 points –18 in the second half alone — and Schettler, who poured in 16 points, nabbed seven steals and five rebounds and sank three 3-pointers.
Fine said Park City came up with a defensive stop after Schettler tied the game at 58-58, but the Miners turned the ball over and the Grizzlies drew a foul, leading to another heart-wrenching loss.
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"It wasn’t about the late-game plays," Fine said. "It’s really about the mentality in the first half. We’ve got to play four quarters and that’s got to start with a better game plan."
Fine said Logan’s ball pressure early in the game forced Park City turnovers and allowed the Grizzlies to jump out to a sizable lead. He added that the coaching staff and team will continue to work on ways to getting the Miners out of the gates hotter and faster.
"The comeback was amazing," he said, "but I’m ready for them to make it not so exciting. For the spectators, I don’t think Park City basketball has been this exciting in the last 10 years.
"The positive is we’re never out of a basketball game. We tied the game and had the ball late in the game. That’s a big positive. The comeback was one of the best I’ve ever seen. The negative is, if we play that way early on in the game, we don’t have to come back."
Senior Jordan Ruda added eight points in the loss, while fellow seniors Brae Dilley (five points), Talon Hester (four points) and Heath Vincent (three points, eight assists and five steals) rounded out the offense for Park City.
Next up for the Miners (3-4) is another home date tonight against the 3A Ben Lomond Scots (5-2).
Fine said he’s eager to see how his team responds to the latest bit of adversity, and more importantly, to see how the Scots respond to the energized Park City home crowd.
"Logan’s coach told me that was the best student section he’s ever seen," he said.