PCHS boys’ basketball: Miners assert themselves at Union
A win will make anyone at least a little bit happier, Caleb Fine says.
So when his Park City High School boys’ basketball team topped Union 47-36 Tuesday in Roosevelt, the Miners ended their two-game region skid and added one in their win column. For the time being, the team eradicated last week’s back-to-back losses to rivals Judge Memorial and Wasatch.
Park City, now 10-8, topped the Cougars thanks to a fourth-quarter flurry by senior guard Jono Schettler, who scored 11 of his game-high 20 points in the final quarter to help the Miners improve to 4-3 in Region 10 play.
Fine attributed the much-needed win to his team getting back to the basics and doing what it does best — defense and rebounding.
"We turned it over a lot, but because of the way we defended and rebounded, we were able to win it at the end," said Park City’s head coach. "We haven’t beaten Union on the road in a long time. It was a positive to go down there and battle and win."
Fine said Schettler was able to get going offensively after struggling over the last few games. The last time the senior shooting guard scored 20 points was in Park City’s 51-31 win over Morgan on Dec. 29.
"He was aggressive and assertive," Fine said. "When’s he’s assertive, that certainly helps us."
Seniors Britton Buford and Brae Dilley each chipped in eight points, while fellow seniors Kurt Melido (five points), Heath Vincent (four points) and Jordan Ruda (two points) helped Park City earn its first region win in 11 days.
Fine said Dilley helped Park City overcome its early struggles against the Cougars.
"Brae Dilley had an awesome game," he said. "He was everywhere. He was the sparkplug for us."
While the Miners are back above .500 in region play, Fine said they are still searching for the midseason chemistry that took them to 8-3 and with wins over some of the better teams in 3A. He said he is relying on his team captains to keep his team on the right path with the postseason right around the corner.
Park City traveled to Vernal to take on Uintah Friday, after this issue went to press. The team has only two more region games left on its schedule. The Miners will host Juan Diego on Tuesday, Feb. 7, in their final home game of the regular season, before traveling to Salt Lake City to take on the Region 10-leading Judge Memorial Bulldogs on Friday, Feb. 10.
"I have full confidence that we’re going to make a push," Fine said. "Even with our ups and downs, we’ve done things the right way. If we play the right way, we’ll compete and win. We’ve beaten some good teams this year. So I think we’re going to make a really fun push.
"I know if we lose early (in the playoffs), we’ll know why, and it’ll be because we didn’t defend and rebound."
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