Miner boys’ basketball starts Region 10 season with rout
January 17, 2015
The Park City High School boys’ basketball team made a huge statement in Tuesday night’s Region 10 opener, putting the other four region teams on high alert.
Squaring off against the Uintah Utes, the Miners built up a 23-12 lead through one quarter, setting the tone for what eventually became a blowout 64-35 victory.
Senior guard Reid Marks set the tone early for Park City, scoring 11 points in the first quarter and knocking down two threes, in addition to dishing out a couple acrobatic assists. Marks would finish the game as Park City’s leading scorer with 18 points.
But, according to Coach Caleb Fine, what Marks and the rest of the Miners did on the defensive end was what led to Tuesday night’s success.
"We started with the right mentality," he said. "We started with defense and that’s got to carry us through the region season. We’re happy to pick up a big home win. You want to start the region season 1-0 and now we’re 1-0 in the season that counts."
Marks said it was the best defensive performance the Miners have had all season.
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"We all were on the same page," he said. "This was the first time where we really came together as a fist. No one was playing off on their own — we all came together the entire game."
Fine wouldn’t say it was Park City’s best defensive performance just yet, but added that it was indeed a great night on that side of the ball.
"I’ve got to watch the film," he said. "I’m super critical of this team because I believe we can compete and win basketball games. We got away with a little bit and we can’t get complacent, but definitely, it appeared to be the best defensive effort we’ve had so far. If we can learn from it and continue to grow and continue to get better, we can be a good defensive basketball team."
Offensively, four Park City players finished with double-digit points, starting with Marks. Fine said it was great to see a senior leader continue his strong play.
"He’s been shooting the ball so well this year," he said. "He didn’t force it. It was great to have Reid start out hot for us. It’s hard to guard everybody we’ve got and Reid was the man tonight early."
In the second half, senior forward Sam Kingdon stepped up to the plate and turned in a strong performance, finishing with 11 points on the night, 10 of which came after halftime. But, Fine said, Kingdon’s biggest contributions came on the glass.
"In our last two games, Sam hadn’t rebounded the ball well," he said. "He’s been our best rebounder of late and we struggled in those two games. He came out and got 13 rebounds tonight, didn’t force a lot of threes and made a big three in the second half. But the biggest thing was the 13 boards — that was big-time basketball for him."
Bosten Van Der Veur turned in another strong performance with 14 points and Adam Hutt had 12. Other scorers included Beau Story (five points), Drew Fleming (two) and Nesta Heaps (two).
Hutt and Story got several easy buckets in the post thanks to crisp passes from the guards.
"We had a lot of assists tonight — Bosten had six of them, in particular," Fine said. "What I liked is we had 36 points in the paint and they had 35 points total. That bodes well for us. Guys were unselfish and made the extra pass and the post guys got fed tonight. It was good to watch."
Marks said getting guys like Hutt and Story easy baskets is crucial for the Miners if they want to be successful this season.
"It really helps," he said. "When they can get easy buckets like that, it changes the game completely. It also helps open everything up for the guards outside."
Park City (11-4 overall, 1-0 in Region 10) was scheduled to play Union (5-9, 0-1) on Friday night, after this issue went to press. Fine said it was important that the Miners continue to play hard and not take things for granted, especially at home.
"They’re feisty," he said of Union. "If we get complacent and stagnant, they can hurt you. We’ve got to be strong with the basketball and bring a lot of intensity defensively."
Next up for Park City is a home game against Morgan on Tuesday, Jan. 20. That game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m.