Miner boys’ basketball falls on Senior Night
Tuesday night’s game between the Park City High School boys’ basketball team and Region 10 rival Juan Diego at PCHS changed drastically early in the fourth quarter.
The Soaring Eagle led by three at halftime and held that three-point lead in the third, going into the fourth quarter with a 41-38 advantage. Then, on a breakaway layup attempt, Gabe Colosimo was sent tumbling to the floor by a hard-but-clean Park City foul. The Soaring Eagle guard had to leave the game for a couple plays to get his wrist taped up while Maliik Fagan-Foster stepped to the line and downed a pair of free throws in place of his injured teammate.
Colosimo quickly returned to the game, though, and played like a man on a mission. Juan Diego’s 43-38 lead became a 50-38 lead in the blink of an eye as Colosimo scored seven quick points all by himself.
That run proved to be the difference in the game as Juan Diego claimed the Region 10 title with a 64-54 win over the Miners.
"It was a game where one team was going to go on a spurt," Park City Coach Caleb Fine said. "They got the spurt and we didn’t do a great job of executing during it."
Though the loss will drop the Miners to either second or third place in Region 10, depending on the outcome of a tiebreaker with Uintah, Fine found plenty of things to be happy about on Tuesday.
"You can’t fault our effort tonight, and that’s what we were most pleased with," he said. "I thought they had good effort and they had good defensive intensity. It was a fun game to coach and I’m sure it was a fun game to watch. It was an absolute battle between two good teams."
It was also a battle between two of the top players in 3A — Colosimo and Park City’s Bosten Van Der Veur. Though Van Der Veur finished with 23 points to lead the Miners, Colosimo finished with a game-high 32 points.
"He’s tough," Fine said of Colosimo. "He can shoot it and he can get to the cup. He’s hurt us here before and he did it again — he’s a good player."
Sam Kingdon had a good game for Park City, scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. Reid Marks (nine points), Beau Story (six) and Drew Fleming (three) also scored in the loss.
Fine said the offense played well at times on Tuesday night, but had to get out of its comfort zone late to try to mount a comeback.
"I was OK with where we were at offensively," he said. "If they don’t go on their run, we probably score a couple more buckets and it’s a closer game. We got out of what we wanted to do a little bit and that hurt us from time to time, especially when they made their one sprint and we did not run good stuff on our end. That’s when you have to execute, and we didn’t."
Reflecting on the six seniors on the roster (Van Der Veur, Marks, Story, Kingdon, Logan Holbrook and Adam Hutt) after their final home game, Fine said he’s honored to have been able to coach such a great group of young men.
"I have nothing but positives to say about where we’ve come from and how we’ve grown and what this group of seniors has done to continue to make Park City basketball credible," he said.
But, he added, it’s not time to reflect on the season just yet — the Miners, led by those six seniors — are still looking to make a deep playoff run. Fine said Tuesday’s loss wasn’t the end of the world.
"That was a big game," he said. "We wanted it. It was fun to be a part of, but it didn’t go our way. But we’ve got a much bigger game in 10 days in the state playoffs. That’s what we’re playing for. We told the boys there’s only one way to beat Juan Diego and that’s to get them again in the state tournament. So let’s find a way."
Depending on the tiebreaker with Uintah, the Miners will either host a game or hit the road for the first round on Friday. Fine said he’s not worried about the team’s energy and motivation after a tough loss.
"You hope the boys can pick it up again," he said. "It’s win or go home. It is what it is and we are where we are. We’re in a pretty darn good place overall. Could it have been better? Sure. Could it have been a lot worse? Sure. We’re going to focus on the fact that if you can’t get your mentality right to play in a playoff game, then we weren’t going to win anyway. I’m excited and I think the boys are too. I think we’ll be in a good place in 10 days."
Park City finished the regular season with an overall record of 15-7 and a Region 10 record of 5-3.
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