Fast break gives Braves big win
The North Summit High School boys basketball team ended the 2008 on a high note – hopefully one that bodes well for its success in the New Year – by beating Park City Tuesday 62-45.
With the holiday, North Summit head coach Jerre Holmes said he did not know a lot about the Miners coming into the game, so it took the Braves a few quarters to get adjusted. But once they did, they were rolling and coasted to the double-digit win.
"Right now, we are playing real well," said Holmes.
The game started out even enough with North Summit leading Park City by only three points after the first quarter. In the second, some key plays at the end of the quarter stretched the lead out and the Braves finished the first half ahead by seven.
line> the third quarter, it was all North Summit. Taking advantage of their athleticism and quickness, the Braves forced turnovers and used fast breaks to score quick layups.
"Our defense really caused some trouble," Holmes said.
"That’s just what our defense does," said Holmes’ son, Deven. "It’s tussle defense that gets other teams out of sync."
Holmes said that once they realized that Park City’s strong point is its half-court defense, they were focused on beating the Miners to the basket before they could set up. The plan worked and North Summit stretched its lead to 14 points by the end of the third.
The Braves’ trapping defense that led to all of the Park City turnovers was particularly distressing to Park City head coach Jim Boyce.
"Our first priority is fixing turnovers," Boyce said. "That is the No. 1 issue. If we can figure that out, we’ll do well in region."
The Braves were led by Deven Holmes, who scored 18 points. Right behind him were the Richins twins, with Colby scoring 16 and Kaden with 14 points. Deven said he didn’t even notice he had scored so many points.
"It shocked me," he said.
Deven, who is also the quarterback on the Braves’ state championship football team, said he is used to dishing the ball off to the Richins twins.
"They are our workhorses," he said. "They are always crashing the boards."
There were some highlights for the Miners. Holmes praised the talent of Park City freshman Jonathan Schettler. He led the Miners in scoring with 11 points.
"He’s a nice young player," Holmes said. "They’ll really shine in a couple of years."
"He’s just a wonderful young man," Boyce said.
Deven said he was impressed by the effort Park City put out on the floor.
"They were a good team," he said. "We just played really well tonight."
Perhaps the only drawback was a smaller crowd. The in-county matchup usually draws fans out from both ends of Summit County, but with the holidays, the crowd was noticeably smaller.
"It’s always fun," Holmes said. "The tough part is it was during Christmas break."
Holmes said that he had wanted to schedule the game before the break but couldn’t figure out a way to make it work. But even with a smaller crowd, both coaches said that the in-county game made it much easier during a time when school was out and everyone wanted to spend time with their families.
"It’s a nice break not to travel," Holmes said.
Both teams had only one day of practice after a holiday moratorium, which made things slow at the beginning of the game.
Both teams still have a few more preseason games before starting their region schedules at the end of next week. North Summit is scheduled to travel to Millard over the weekend and Park City was slated to finish its tour of Summit County with a game against South Summit that was scheduled for Friday. Park City will be in action again in Morgan on Tuesday at 7 p.m. North Summit will travel to Waterford on Tuesday for a game at 7 p.m.
The Park City Police Department continues to investigate a series of vehicle burglaries in the overnight hours between Monday and Tuesday, indicating most of the cases were on the same street in Old Town.