Miners battle Dinosaurs
After a tough double loss to Wasatch last week, the Miners’ basketball teams were ready to host the Carbon Dinosaurs Jan. 19 and prove they could win another Region game.
The boys’ team sneaked out a 51-49 win after losing center Sam Miller to a minor knee injury but getting guard Jon Schettler back. Miller should be back for the next game. Coach Caleb Fine said he was concerned that, after a high-energy game against the rival Wasps last week, the Miners would regress and have a mental low.
"My fears were revealed," Fine said. "I really did not think we played a good basketball game. I thought we lacked energy, but we found a way to keep it close."
Fine said the Miners have been struggling to guard against three-pointers, something that almost cost them the game. But he said he was impressed that they pulled out a win when they were down by three with seconds left.
Jon Schettler nailed a three-pointer to tie the game and the Miners were able to make defensive stops. Forward Brae Dilley stepped in for forward Brian Schettler who had fouled out in the fourth quarter. The Dinosaurs took a bad shot and the Miners were able to get the rebound. After calling a time out, the Miners had 2.2 seconds remaining. Dilley threw a full-court pass to forward Sam Sisk who dribbled once and then made the winning shot.
"We needed to win this game," Fine said. "You can’t play great every night, but it’s important to win even when you don’t play great."
Brian Schettler led the Miners with 15 points, Britton Buford had 12, Jon Schettler had 9, Sisk had 6, Dilley had 5 and Heath Vincent and Mat Christensen each had 2.
On the girls’ side, although they lost to the Dinosaurs 54-39, coach Sam White said they played much better and the score was not reflective of how close the game was.
"We played three and a half great quarters," White said.
The Miners were down by four at the end of the first quarter and down by three at the half. Guard Laurel Kasel made a three-pointer in the third quarter to tie the game. However, White said halfway through the fourth quarter the Miners started fouling and couldn’t stop the Dinosaurs after they continued to make their free throws.
"They made nine of ten free throws and we couldn’t catch up," he said.
White said the girls still need to work on their ball-handling skills. However, they made better shots and had fewer air balls, he said.
"Everybody played a lot better," he said. "The defense was great and the offense was clicking more than it had in the past."
Kasel led the team with 19 points, Carson Lyman had 11, Camilla Hahn-Chiniguy had 5 and Risa Nishiguchi had 4.
Both teams traveled to Union on Friday, Jan. 22. Results were not available at press time. The girls’ team will travel to American Leadership Academy (ALA) on Thursday, Jan. 28, for a rematch of the first Region game that the Miners won 51-48. The boys will travel to ALA on Friday, Jan. 29. The boys’ team defeated ALA 56-42 in the first Region game.
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