PCHS boys’ basketball: Miners stop three-game skid
December 9, 2011
There’s a good reason why senior forward Brae Dilley was unanimously voted team captain by his peers prior to the start of the season.
"He is selfless," said Park City boys’ basketball head coach Caleb Fine. "He is in it for the team. He does not take plays off. He leads by action as much as anybody I’ve ever coached and he’s just a very driven kid."
The 6-foot-3 jack-of-all-trades scored just three points in Park City’s 54-42 win at Bear River Tuesday, but his tenacity on the defensive end has proved to be a key for the Miners this season. Dilley held Bears’ sharpshooter Wade Miller in check throughout much of the night. Fine said Bear River’s standout had just four points at halftime and just six points going into the fourth quarter, before ending with 11.
Dilley is no stranger to drawing the opposition’s best player. In Park City’s 55-49 loss to No. 1-ranked Desert Hills last Saturday, the Park City forward held 6-foot-5 Thunder forward Tyler Ott, who averages 17 points, in check for much of the game.
Park City’s head coach was even more animated when describing the emphatic end to his team’s three-game losing streak. The Miners were led to the double-digit road win offensively by seniors Jono Schettler (16 points), Britton Buford (13 points) and Jordan Ruda (11 points). Ruda continued his hot streak from behind the arc, upping his 3-point-basket total to eight in the last three games.
"It’s nice to win," Fine said. "Obviously, anytime you can get a ‘W’ being on a three-game skid, it’s great. It’s a positive we’re building upon.
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"Adversity hit a few times and we responded in a very positive manner."
Fine said the Miners took an 18-point lead into the fourth quarter and said he was able to use much of his bench, something he was very pleased with.
"We’re beginning to understand the importance of getting better every day," he said. "We’re still a C-team, offensively. I’ve got guys who can score in the 20s and we need to get them there."
He said the emergence of Ruda, a bruising 6-foot-4 forward, and his 3-point shooting has been a major factor in the Miners’ search for a consistent third scorer.
"It definitely adds an element," Fine said. "For us to be successful, we need Jordan to score. It’s no secret: If he’s open, we’re confident in that shot."
Park City, which improved to 2-3 with Tuesday’s win, hosted 3A Snow Canyon Friday evening after this issue went to press.
"We’re excited to get after a team on our home floor again," Fine said prior to last night’s game.
Next up for the Miners is a showdown against 4A Logan on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at Park City High School.