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Basketball teams to open first Region play at home

Jen Watkins, Of the Record staff

The Park City High School boys’ and girls’ basketball teams will battle American Leadership Academy at home in their first Region 10 games of the season. The boys’ team will play at 5:15 p.m. on Jan. 12, and girls’ team will play at 7 p.m.

The boys’ team is coming out of the preseason 8-4 after winning 56-50 at Spanish Fork on Jan. 5.

"I’m pleased that we’re 8-4 going into Region," coach Caleb Fine said. "It’s the first time in a long time that we’ve had a winning record going into Region play. Going into Region, we could have had had more wins. The losses kind of show that it’s all about our mentality. The four games we lost, we didn’t have quite the same edge rebounding and defending that we had at Spanish Fork."

Fine said his team is confident going into the first Region game.

"They’re coming from 2A," he said of ALA. "They struggled last year, but they like to score a lot of points. They play an upbeat style. You have to value your possessions against ALA. But I’m confident in (the Miners). I have high expectations. We are young, but I think that we’ve learned a lot about our team in the preseason."

Fine said that Region games are always going to be harder regardless of the talent of the opponent because the wins matter more.

"I’m happy with 8-4, but we’re really 0-0 come Tuesday," he said.

Fine said his team’s most difficult home game will be on Friday, Jan. 15, when the Miners play Wasatch.

"They’re heavily favored to win the Region," he said.

Fine said Wasatch has the best point guard in 3A but the Miners rely heavily on forward Brian Schettler.

"We’ve really run our offense through Brian," he said. "He’s been patient, he’s been aggressive. As of late, he’s been awesome. He didn’t play much in the beginning. He was getting his legs back from football. But we’ve been winning games and a lot of that is due to how well Brian’s doing, and his leadership."

Schettler averages 13.5 points and six rebounds per game, Fine said.

"Brian’s been good for us," he said. "When he dominates the inside, it makes it a lot easier."


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