PCHS boys’ basketball: Miners bedeviled by Springville
In all his years playing and coaching, Caleb Fine couldn’t recall a time when his team was skunked for a quarter.
In Tuesday’s road opener for the Park City High School boys’ basketball team, the Miners were skunked in the first quarter in Springville, allowing the Red Devils to take a 12-0 lead.
"That was an experience," said Fine, Park City’s fourth-year head coach. "We’ve had some low scoring quarters, of course, but that was a first."
But rather than being blown out against a talented 4A team on the road, the Miners responded with a 21-19 second quarter. In the end, however, Park City couldn’t overcome the shaky start as it dropped to 0-2 this season with a 57-48 loss to Springville.
"You definitely don’t want to lose games and say there are all these positives all the time," he said. "We want to win and Springville is a big-time program and they flat out beat us. But against a good team, the boys competed again."
Senior forward Hayden Daily overcame a rough outing in the season opener against Payson on Nov. 20 to lead the team in scoring with 18 points, including two 3-pointers made.
"He’s going to make shots. He didn’t do so against Payson, but he got it going in the second quarter (at Springville) and got us back in the game," Fine said.
Sophomore point guard Bosten VanDerVeur had 13 points, while senior Ryan Sherman (eight points), sophomore Sam Kingdon (five points) and senior Brandon Olsen (two points) rounded out the scoring for Park City Tuesday night.
The Miners hit five 3-pointers in the loss to the Red Devils, something Fine said he expects his team to do more of going forward.
But after dominating the glass against Payson in the season opener 41-23, the Miners ran into a much more physical 4A team in Springville. The Red Devils controlled the boards and didn’t allow Park City to assert itself on the offensive glass as it had against the Lions in the first game of the year.
"Had we been able to dominate the boards, I think we win the game," Fine said. "We were able to cut back on the turnovers, but we struggled on the boards. We struggled again to get into our offense, and we’re seeking to put together a game that has the rebounding, offensive execution and lack of turnovers necessary to win ball games. We’ve got a long ways to go."
Park City hits the road again on Wednesday, Dec. 5, when it travels to Morgan to face the ranked 3A Trojans, a team the Miners obliterated in Park City last season. In a 51-31 shellacking, Park City played possibility its best game of the season against a talented team, and Fine said he expects the Trojans — especially sharpshooter Jake Miles — to remember that game.
"I’m guessing Morgan will remember it a lot more than we will. We’re dealing with a different group," he said. "Morgan wins basketball games year after year. We’ve got a great opportunity to go there and make something happen."
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