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Redmen knock Miners out of playoffs

David Hampshire

The Park City High School (PCHS) boys’ basketball team saw its Cinderella season come to an end with a heartbreaking playoff loss to the Cedar City Redmen in Park City Saturday.

In a close game in which the Miners never trailed until the final minute, the visiting Redmen scored the final six points to take a three-point lead as the clock wound down. Park City’s Britton Buford attempted to tie the score with a three-point shot at the buzzer, but the shot went wide. The final score was 52-49

Park City head coach Caleb Fine said the home team managed to set the tempo early in the game, and finished the first half leading by three, 27-24.

But the Miners managed only seven points in the third quarter, allowing the Redmen to move into a 34-34 tie. PCHS sophomore guard Jon Schettler had to watch most of the quarter from the bench because of foul trouble.

"Foul trouble really hurt us down the stretch," Fine said, noting that Jon Schettler and Sam Sisk both fouled out late in the game. "To have both of those players in, I think the outcome would have been different."

The Miners managed to take a five-point lead midway through the fourth quarter before losing their shooting touch. In addition to Buford’s last-second three-point attempt, they missed their previous three shots. Making any one of those, Fine said, "would have changed the way the game would have been laid out."

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Buford led a balanced Park City scoring attack with 15 points. Brian Schettler had 12 points and Jon Schettler added eight.

Saturday marked the final game for four Park City seniors: Sam Sisk, Cole Johnston, Mat Christensen and Sam Miller.

"I’m really proud of our seniors. They will be very much missed," Fine said. "Sam Sisk and Sam Miller played a lot of minutes for me."

But the Miners also look forward to the return in 2011 of their top three scorers, Jon and Brian Schettler and Britton Buford, part of a youth movement that led a team resurgence from two wins in 2009 to 12 in 2010.

"If they work hard, they have a chance to do some very good things," Fine said.