Park City loses to Logan
December 14, 2007
Park City High School basketball coach Jim Boyce is learning some of the toughest work his team needs to do in the preseason is building confidence. After suffering a three-game skid, the Miners need to regroup and get ready for the difficult Region 10 schedule looming just a few weeks ahead.
"They need to realize how good they are," Boyce said.
On Tuesday, Park City hosted its first game against Logan and lost 56-47. While it’s a far cry from the devastating 90-24 home opener against the Grizzlies last year, it’s still far from where Boyce would like to be, and he fears some of it may be mental.
"After last year, they were happy they only lost by nine," Boyce said. "My standard is not losing by nine."
Much of the Logan game echoed how the Miners played in their first game of the year against East. Boyce suspects the "first nights" may have made the boys a bit jittery, that hopefully they have overcome that now.
The problems started in the first quarter when the Miners scored only five points. The poor shooting continued throughout the game as they finished at 30 percent on the night. From the three point line, the Miners were a dismal 1-for-16.
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"It reminded me of that night [against East]," Boyce said. "That was a bit surprising that they weren’t able to hit a shot.
Still, even with first-night jitters, some of the Miners managed to shine. Brett Miller had a big night with 18 points and his partner on the floor, Ryan Papez, continued his consistent scoring. In general though, the usually sharp-shooting Miners were struggling.
"They’re good shooters and they shot fine," Boyce said, puzzled. "The shots they were taking weren’t horrible shots."
Park City is still learning what winning feels like. In the last five years they’ve only won 17 games.
"That’s the challenge of rebuilding," Boyce said. "We’ve got kids with varsity experience, talented juniors and underclassmen. They’re good basketball players. It’s overcoming adversity."
So far he’s seen good and bad nights out of his team and wants to establish consistency before the season starts.
"It shouldn’t matter if you’re down 10 or up 10," Boyce said. "If you play consistently every single time, you’ll be OK."
The Miners also lost two games last weekend at the Coal County Classic. Their game 61-47 against Canyon View was a rough one, but they lost by only two against Carbon 48-46 in overtime.
Boyce is hoping that the three losses are enough to get his team good and mad and ready to face Grantsville Friday and the rest of the preseason.
"I’m learning a ton as a coach," Boyce said. "It’s a matter of helping them gel."
For now he says that means helping them prepare both physically and mentally.
"I can’t control their minds at times, but I tell them how I acted and reacted as a player."