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Miner boys’ basketball comes up short vs. 4A Highland

The Park City High School boys’ basketball team started off its season with a big win over 4A Skyline. On Friday night, the Miners again took on a 4A opponent at home, this time with different results.

Though there were some bright spots, the Miners never really posed a threat to Highland, losing 66-51 to fall to 2-1 on the young season.

Despite the loss, Park City Coach Caleb Fine is still optimistic about this season. But, he added, it’s going to be up to the boys to handle the loss well.

"I said at the beginning of the year that this team would be good if it comes together in adversity," Fine said. "In the past, we’ve collapsed."

Fine pointed out several areas where the Miners were outplayed, including rebounds, turnovers and second-chance points.

"We got our butts kicked," he said. "They out-rebounded us by 12, got 15 second-chance points and we had 16 turnovers and a lot of lazy plays that led to those turnovers. There were spurts where guys made good plays. When you lose by this much, though, it’s hard to come away with many positives."

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The biggest positive, in Fine’s opinion, is the chance to see how this year’s squad will handle a loss.

"The good news is everything’s fixable," he said. "We’ve got to play harder and we’ve got to respond to adversity. This was our first real adversity of the year. Now the boys get to see if they want to be different [than past teams] or not."

Bosten Van Der Veur led Park City with 19 points. Sam Kingdon scored nine points, Reid Marks and Beau Story each had six, Logan Holbrook had four, Drew Fleming had three and Adam Hutt and Colin Zur each chipped in with two points.

Now that the Miners have been knocked down, Fine hopes to see a new level of intensity, especially from his senior leaders.

"It starts in practice," he said. "It’s mentality more than anything else. You’ve got to bring energy to practice to simulate what you’re going to see in the game."

Friday’s loss is not only a good learning experience on the basketball court, Fine said.

"Losing usually presents the best learning opportunities, both in life and in this simple game," he said. "This is a chance for them to pick themselves up. If they can adapt to this, they can adapt in life. That’s more important than basketball."

The Miners were scheduled to host 2A foe Summit Academy on Tuesday night, after this issue went to press. That game kicks off a string of three-straight contests against 2A teams. Park City hosts the Park City Classic this weekend, when the Miners will play North Summit and South Summit.

"We’ve got to do our jobs and execute against their pressure," Fine said. "We’re looking forward to getting after Summit Academy and having a lot of home games to hopefully get some momentum back. Hopefully we’ll dominate the boards and get confidence in rebounding.

"We’re going to be tested [this] week. If we do our job at home, I’ll look forward to seeing what happens."

Park City hosts South Summit at 7 p.m. on Friday night. On Saturday night, the Miners take on North Summit, also at 7 p.m.