Boys grab hardwood win over holidays
It’s halfway through year one for Park City High head coach Jim Boyce and he says he’s feeling great.
"I’m having more fun than I ever imagined," Boyce said. "They are really good kids. I’m lucky to have this great group of guys."
His team is sitting 4-6 after the preseason and he is excited for the challenging Region 10 schedule ahead. The best news is that the preseason ended on a high note with a 10-point road victory over North Sanpete on Friday. He had not originally planned on a game smack-dab in the middle of the holiday season, but after a snowstorm cancelled the game the first time the two teams were to meet up, they were left with the last week of the year as their only choice.
It turned to be the perfect choice. The Miners’ 58-48 win over North Sanpete will hopefully give the team a dose of confidence before the regular season.
"They were really confident," Boyce said. "I was really pleased. They seemed poised. They didn’t let the pressure get to them."
The confidence began with Brett Miller. After his first few shots dropped, he went on to to score 20 points and 10 rebounds.
"He’s had games like that before," Boyce said. "He’s a talented offensive player."
Miller’s production on the boards was also applauded by Boyce.
"He’s a really great rebounder," Boyce said. "He’s not really tall but he’s great at it."
He was accompanied by Ryan Papez’ usual high-scoring performance with 18 points.
"Ryan Papez is one of the most athletically gifted kids I’ve ever seen," Boyce
Point guard Searle Vincent also contributed 12 points.
"When you have three guys in double figures offensively, you have success," Boyce said.
They also played well on the other side of the ball, holding a North Sanpete team that traditionally scores in the 50s and 60s to 48 points.
Boyce also felt that the playing the game in the middle of the holiday actually helped the team. He thought that part of their confidence was their dedication over the break.
"I told them before, especially going into the regular season to use the holiday," Boyce said. "They’ve run a lot and taken advantage of those days. It’s a credit to how hard they work."
Now Boyce just needs to keep the confidence level up, but he knows it won’t be easy considering the region schedule.
"We’ve got really good teams," Boyce said. "Every game will be a war."
The Miners will have to overcome some of their struggles of the past, but Boyce says that games like North Sanpete prove they can do it.
"It’s really hard when you haven’t had success," he said. "It doesn’t just happen."
That’s why he’s hoping that each player can find it within himself to play like the winner he knows he can be.
"Against North Sanpete, they’re starting to understand it," Boyce said.
He also reminds them that although region teams like Judge seem daunting, there is always an opportunity to win.
"It’s not one-on-one, its five-on-five," Boyce said. "There’s always a way to exploit team’s weakness. We’re as good as everyone in region."
Since Boyce began coaching, he’s been trying to establish a situation where the team doesn’t need to worry about the past or even the future, but rather their building up their skills and confidence game by game.
"They just need to worry about playing," he said. "I wanted to create an environment where there are as few distractions as there could possibly be."
Park City will begin Region 10 play on Friday, Jan. 4 at Union
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