County high school hoops a mixed bag
A rough 90-24 loss to Logan in the opening game of the season probably wasn’t how Park City boys basketball coach Troy Buford had planned to start things off.
Playing an away game, Park City found out the hard way how difficult it could be to start off against a team predicted to be one of the most high-scoring teams in the 3A division. Not one Park City player managed to score more than four points and the Grizzlies’ Charles Abouo dominated the floor in every way possible with 33 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.
The Miners will need to remedy the situation quickly. The preseason features games against the likes of 4A Springville and 3A Bear River who are ranked high in their respective regions. Park City’s returning a fair number of underclassmen and Buford will need one of them to step up and take the reigns as leader of the team both on the scoreboard and in team focus. Buford was not available for comment.
Things will continue to be challenging as the Miners face a tough Region 10 schedule. Once again, arch nemesis Judge promises to be a formidable opponent. The 3A defending state champs return guard Jaxon Myaer and six-foot eight-inch Noel Hollingsworth at the center position.
The boys are back in action Wednesday, Dec. 9 when they host Bear River at home at 7 p.m.
The outlook is a little brighter for the east-side schools. North Summit returns senior point guard Kamren Garfield and junior center Drew Robinson, who averaged about 13 points per game last year. Senior Nathaniel Richins should make some noise as well on defense. South Summit should also have a strong year returning three starters.
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