Park City clawed by Cougars, 54-38 |

Park City clawed by Cougars, 54-38

It’s been a difficult road for the Park City High School boys basketball team thus far, but they are making progress. They finally earned their first win with a two-point victory over the American Leadership Academy (ALA) last week, 48-46, and then had a narrow, last-minute loss to Ogden 38-35 a few days later.

On Friday night, they opened up Region 10 play with a disappointing 54-38 loss, but new head coach Matt Nagle says that his team is getting better.

Nagle says the team controlled possessions in the ALA win with rebounds and a low number of turnovers, but struggled to do some of those things in the Union game.

"At the beginning of the year, our goal was to control possessions so we can score," Nagle said.

Out of 29 first-half possessions, Park City had 15 turnovers. That, combined with a frustrating 30 percent shooting, made for a long night. Nagle was pleased with the Miners’ defense, which he said could have earned them the win in the Ogden game. He was also happy with the team’s rebounding. The Miners had a total of 35 rebounds, but 20 total turnovers negated their effect.

Nagle says that the Miners will soon be able to put together a complete game in region play.

"It will be another couple of weeks," Nagel predicted. "We can rebound against anybody. Our shots just didn’t fall."

Park City used two set plays on offense that gave them the open look, but the shots missed the mark. Still, Nagel is confident that the shooting will come.

"Once we feel it, it will start going," Nagle said.

It wasn’t a total bust for Park City in the scoring column. Senior Lucas Tucker led the Miners with 17 points, and a whopping five three-point shots.

"He had the hot hand for three," Nagle said. "He shot very well, very aggressively."

The Miners will have the opportunity to make a quick turnaround this week, with two games scheduled against Morgan and Wasatch. Neither team has a winning record, and the Wasps have only two more total wins than the Miners, sitting at 0-1 in region play.

The Miners will travel to Heber to face Wasatch on Friday night, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m.

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