Whether it was Bosten Van Der Veur making impossible shots, Reid Marks careening into the lane for a tough layup, Logan Holbrook knocking down corner threes, Konnor Andersen viciously snagging every rebound he could get his hands on or Tom Wood putting his body on the line to draw a charge, the Park City High School boys' basketball team was simply balling on Friday night at PCHS.
Add in a deafening home crowd, and it was enough to make visiting Taylorsville, a 5A school, struggle mightily.
Though Park City would ultimately lose to the Warriors 65-64, the Miners played their best game of the season, according to coach Caleb Fine.
"We're proud of their efforts that's where it starts," he said. "I'd love to have it back, but those last three minutes, we're going to learn from it. We let the guys know that that's the sort of effort that's going to help us reach our goals. We're going to be pretty darn good in region games if they play that hard."
Fine said there wasn't much to criticize about his team's efforts on Friday night, saying he's happy with all the individual performances.
He said Wood, a senior, really stepped up and showed leadership.
"Tom's a selfless kid," he said. "I went up to him after the game and told him that was senior leadership. He got their best player incredibly frustrated. He absolutely did what the coaching staff asked of him. Taking four charges is incredible."
Offensively, Fine was really happy with the way his guards played. Reid Marks, who finished the game with nine points, ran the offense well all night long.
"Reid played much better offensively," Fine said. "He looked to attack the basket and he had a lot of assists. He got his teammates involved tonight and hit some open jumpers."
A few of Marks's passes found an open Holbrook, who finished with nine points on three three-pointers.
"Logan wasn't thrilled with his performance against Ben Lomond," Fine said. "He didn't make the shots he knows he can make. But he let it fly again tonight. He was knocking them down tonight and almost gave us a chance to win a basketball game."
Then there's Van Der Veur, who once again led the Miners, scoring 26 points on the night.
"I'm lucky to coach a player like that," Fine said. "Mainly it's the fact that he brings it and always plays hard his teammates respect that. He scored 26 tonight, but he also got his teammates involved. He was unselfish."
Overall, though the Miners couldn't find a way to hold off the Warriors, Fine has a lot of confidence in his team heading into this weekend's tournament in Provo. After a stretch of three games in four days, he's also happy to have a chance to get some practice days into the schedule.
"It's nice to have four days of practice now," he said. "It gives us a chance to add in some new things, a few new wrinkles we think can help us."
With three games in three days this weekend, against Wasatch on Thursday night, Provo on Friday night and a to-be-determined opponent on Saturday, Fine said the Miners will have to make those practice days count.
"We have a lot to learn from and a lot of positives that we can take into practice as we prepare for what I believe is the hardest tournament Park City has ever played in," he said.
After the Provo tournament, the Miners will have a week off before taking on South Summit in Kamas on Saturday, Dec. 28.