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Miner boys fall in heartbreaker

There’s no question that the group that took the basketball court for Park City High School on Tuesday night against Juan Diego has vastly improved since the start of the season.

There have been many lessons learned, many tweaks to the offense and many rotation adjustments since the Miners opened the season with a 55-41 loss at Skyline.

Tuesday night’s heartbreaking 49-46 loss at home to the Soaring Eagle provided yet another lesson for the Park City boys.

"Tonight, the takeaway was that we made mistakes, especially in the beginning of the third quarter, so we lost the game," Park City coach Caleb Fine said. "But another big takeaway was we put forth region effort. We will win games with that mentality and that effort. If the players are willing to do that, we’ll be OK."

But, the time for learning is over. Now, it’s time to start winning.

"The only thing they needed to learn tonight was that sort of effort will win region games for us," Fine said. "That’s a top-20 team in the state, the third-ranked team in 3A, but it is definitely time to be done learning. We’ve got to apply and we’ve got to find a way to win."

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Going forward, the Miners are going to have to figure out how to hold onto a lead, Fine said. After leading 28-20 at halftime, and 34-32 after three quarters, the Miners were outscored 17-12 in the fourth quarter, leading to the loss.

"We’ve got to find a way to get stops and not let teams stay in basketball games when we have a chance to put it away," Fine said.

Heading into a game at Union on Friday (after this issue went to press), Fine said his team has to step up and control the game.

"We’ve got to go find a way to get it done at Union, a place we haven’t won in a lot of years," he said. "It’s a tough atmosphere. One-possession games down there are not the kind of games you want to be in. You can’t expect to go on the road and consistently win one-possession games."

Though Fine and the Miners were disheartened after Tuesday’s loss, there were still some good things happening on the court. Bosten Van Der Veur led the team with 19 points, while Adam Hutt turned in one of his strongest performances of the year with 10 points and several rebounds.

"I thought Konnor [Andersen]’s and Adam’s effort and mentality tonight was flat-out awesome," Fine said. "I couldn’t take them off the floor. I thought our length with Sam [Kingdon] and Beau [Story] was going to be the key, but they didn’t have great nights. Adam and Konnor picked up the slack. Next time out, I bet Beau and Sam have great games."

Reid Marks had seven points for the Miners, while Luke Carson (six points), Logan Holbrook (two) and Kingdon (two) also contributed to the score sheet.

Unfortunately for Park City, Gabe Colosimo had an outstanding game for Juan Diego, pouring in 29 of his team’s 49 points to lead the Soaring Eagle to victory.

"Colosimo really hurt us," Fine said. "He’s pretty good."

With the loss, the Miners fall to 4-11 on the season and 0-1 in Region 10 action.

Due to the Sundance Film Festival, the Miners won’t return home until Tuesday, Jan. 28, for a showdown against Uintah. Fine said he can’t wait to get back in front of the Park City crowd.

"Region games at home are the most fun," he said. "We’re blessed to have a student body that likes to get rowdy for us. We have one of the best pep bands in all the land and when the band’s out, the atmosphere is that much better. This little gym’s a lot of fun."

The game against Uintah on Jan. 28 is schedule to start at 7 p.m. at Park City High School.