PCHS boys’ basketball: Miners handcuff Utes on the road
February 8, 2012
Getting back to the basics has helped the Park City High School boys’ basketball team get back on track.
As head coach Caleb Fine related it, his Miners rebounded and played defense and left Vernal with a 55-42 victory over region foe Uintah Friday night. Senior guard Jono Schettler led Park City in scoring with 19 points, while senior forward Britton Buford poured in 17.
For the second game in a row, the Miners used a fourth-quarter flurry to fly past their opponents, outscoring the home team 21-11 en route to their second-straight victory. Park City is now 5-3 in Region 10 play, 11-8 overall.
"I was pleased with our desire to defend and rebound," Fine said. "We turned it over a few times in the first half and kept it closer than we wanted it to be. We stopped turning the ball over in the second half and we were able to blow it open in the fourth quarter."
Fine said the biggest takeaway from this road victory was that Park City outrebounded its opponent by 10 and "defended with a purpose." The Miners eventually wore down the Utes with their pestering defensive formations, the head coach added.
"It’s hard to win on the road," Fine said. "There’s tough calls, and they made shots at home. But in the fourth quarter they started pressing and forcing shots and rebounds started coming off a little bit longer to us."
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In back-to-back losses to Judge Memorial and Wasatch two weeks ago, Fine said Park City had trouble deciding which end of the floor would dictate the game.
"This time around, we were dictating with defense rather than dictating on offense," he said. "As a whole, I saw a lot more effort in the past two games, a lot more focus defending and rebounding and was impressed with their sense of urgency."
Forward Brae Dilley chipped in eight points, while forward Jordan Ruda (seven points) and guard Heath Vincent (four points) rounded out the scoring for Park City.
The Miners hosted Juan Diego Tuesday evening after this edition went to press and will wrap up their season with a monumental road test Friday at Judge Memorial High School (13-6) in Salt Lake City. The Bulldogs have won eight straight.
"That’s the statement game," he said. "That’s what it’s going to end up being."
Following Friday night’s game, the Miners will have to take their show on the road at the start of the 3A state playoffs. Region 10 is matched up against Region 9. The two regions are considered the toughest in the class.
Fine said Park City’s first-round opponent will most likely be Desert Hills (16-3), Hurricane (13-4) or Cedar (14-5).
"It’s now or never. There’s no more talk," he said. "Talk is cheap right now. If the boys really want to do it, they’re the ones that get to go out and do it. I like where we stand.
"We’re going to have to go on the road, signed, sealed, and delivered. It’s going to be a dogfight with who they have to matchup against. You’ve got to beat the good teams. It’s a tough draw for both sides."