Miners gain experience at Hodson Classic
The Park City Miners gained some valuable experience at the Steve Hodson Cancer Classic over the weekend, finishing the tournament with a 1-2 mark.
They’ll need to utilize what they learned if they want to be competitive when Region 10 games start on Jan. 4.
The Miners didn’t get off to a great start at the Hodson Classic on Thursday night, but still managed to earn a much-needed victory.
Despite only scoring 35 points, the Miners defeated Grantsville, 35-34, on the first day of the tournament at Cedar High School.
Hayden Daily put together a solid game for Park City, knocking down three three-pointers and scoring 15 points in the win.
Park City coach Caleb Fine said the win wasn’t pretty, but he was happy his squad was able to hold off Grantsville.
"You don’t want to score 35 points; you aren’t going to win very often," he said. "It was not the way I would have drawn it up."
The win extended the Miners’ win streak to three games, something Fine said was important for his young team’s confidence.
"We’ve been able to win some games and we’re able to win ugly," he said.
Ryan Sherman added nine points and Bosten VanDerVeur had five.
Thursday night’s success wouldn’t carry over into the final two days of the tournament, however.
On Friday night, the Miners took on a very talented Cedar team. Though Park City played well, holding a 23-17 halftime lead, it would eventually lose the game, 61-49.
Fine said he was proud of his team’s first-half effort, but thought the execution faltered in the third quarter.
"I was pleased with our start. (Cedar is) a very, very good basketball team," he said. "We really came out with the right mentality. But they got after us in the third quarter. We weren’t able to handle their pressure."
Cedar outscored Park City 27-8 in the third period to take a 44-31 lead and didn’t look back.
The Miners would rebound in the fourth quarter, outscoring their opponents 18-17, but it wasn’t enough to overcome a tough third quarter.
"We were able to settle down in the fourth," Fine said. "But it was too little, too late. It was a disappointing loss."
VanDerVeur led the way for Park City against Cedar, scoring 19 points on the night. Daily and Sherman each added 10 points. Ryan Armstrong paced Cedar with 18 points.
Saturday night saw the Miners lose another hotly-contested affair. This time, Park City fell to Delta by a score of 63-57.
Fine said Saturday’s loss was tough to stomach as it was a game he felt the Miners should have won.
"That was a disappointing loss," he said. "Delta always plays hard, but I thought we lost to a very average basketball team."
He added that a lack of fundamentals cost his team a shot at a win.
"We got away from doing the little things right," he said. "We did some things bad teams do; we gave up layups on inbound plays and gave away too many turnovers."
VanDerVeur once again led the way for the Miners, scoring 20 points for Park City. Sherman added 15 points and Daily had 14.
After the weekend’s action, Park City’s record now stands at 4-7 on the season. The team was scheduled to play one more non-region game at Logan on Jan. 1, after this issue went to press. Then Region 10 play begins.
Fine said his team needs to learn from its mistakes in order to make some noise against Region 10 opponents.
"(The losses are) proof that we’ve got to work every day. That’s why we’re practicing harder than we ever have before," he said.
He added that, by correcting a few things in practice, the Miners should be very competitive against Region 10 teams.
"We’ve got to make sure we get post shots to keep our offense moving," he said. "We’ve got to take disciplined shots and eliminate big runs from other teams."
Park City’s first Region 10 game will be at home against rival Wasatch on Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
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