Miner boys’ basketball routs Rockwell
December 5, 2014
Though the season is still young, the Park City High School boys’ basketball team looks like a force to be reckoned with this year.
After battling their way to a tough victory over 4A Skyline last week, the Miners hit the road on Wednesday night, picking up a blowout victory over 2A Rockwell, 79-32.
But, while confidence is at an all-time high for the Miners, Coach Caleb Fine said it’s important to focus on the bigger picture.
"The boys are confident and that’s a good thing," he said. "You want the boys to believe they can win and this group can win. It’s also early enough in the season that the boys can’t forget the journey. They have to keep getting better. We haven’t arrived yet."
Park City continued to showcase its balanced offense on Wednesday, with 11 different players scoring in the victory. Additionally, four different players scored more than 10 points.
Sam Kingdon led the way with 17 points. Bosten Van Der Veur added 13 points and Logan Holbrook and Drew Fleming each contributed 11.
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"The depth is growing," Fine said. "We were able to find ways to score."
After shooting well from three-point range against Skyline, Fine said the Miners fell in love with the long ball in the early stages of Wednesday’s win. This time, however, fewer threes were falling.
"We shot a lot of threes early," he said. "Once we settled down and got into the paint, though, we were able to score a lot more efficiently."
Though the Miners weren’t really tested much by the smaller opponent on Wednesday, Fine said there are still positives to take away.
"The best part of a game where you run away with it is a lot of guys get to play and a lot of guys gain confidence," he said.
But, he added, he and the coaching staff will be sure to point out where the team can improve while they watch film of the game.
"During the game, it feels like a lot of things are going perfectly," he said. "But the film doesn’t lie. We showed the boys a lot of good things they did, but there are still things a good team would do that we didn’t do."
Fine said there are a lot of areas in need of improvement, particularly on the defensive side of the ball. Help defense and weak-side defense will be focused on in practice this week, he said.
"We still had lapses defensively," he said. "They just missed the shots this time."
On Friday, after this issue went to press, Park City was scheduled to host Highland, another tough 4A opponent.
"Highland is a big-time game for us," Fine said. "This will be the biggest test of the season so far. Highland’s a program that’s always been good. They’re going to play physical basketball."
Fine said the Miners shouldn’t be taken lightly, either. Given the way they’ve been playing so far this year, they’ll be a tough out for anybody.
"We need to come together as a team and do everything better for four quarters," he said. "I believe that, if we do that, we can win the basketball game."
Park City (2-0) returns to action on Tuesday, Dec. 9, when it plays host to 2A Summit Academy. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. at PCHS.
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