Park City boys basketball team returns with smarts, speed
Basketball season is here, and it’s here too soon according to Park City High School boys basketball coach Mike Doleac.
“We’re not ready,” he said in reference to Tuesday’s opener at against Taylorsville. “There’s a lot to get in.”
The team was just coming together, with 10 players coming over from the football team, whose season had finished less than two weeks before the Taylorsville game.
On the bright side, Doleac is working with a lot of familiar faces on a team that has taken small yet successful steps over the past years.
The Miners finished the 2017-2018 season with a 6-15 overall record, and was 3-9 in Region 11. That was up from five wins the season before, and just a single win the season before that.
The Miners lost only two seniors to graduation last year – guard Victor Casarrubias and point guard Chase Preston – and none of their starting lineup.
Doleac said the team may be young, but they are experienced.
“Last year we had four sophomores and a freshman starting,” he said. “This year it’s all bumped up.”
As of Thursday, the team’s lineup had not been finalized, but fans may recognize players like junior point guard Mark McCurdy, coming off a productive football season as a wide receiver, and junior shooting guard Nathaniel Lowe.
Doleac summed up McCurdy as someone who “might be the best athlete” at PCHS, and Lowe as bringing talent and a strong work ethic.
There’s also Alex Obradovich, a skilled junior power forward, and a go-to player last season.
Doleac also praised the team’s two seniors, Landon Brennish and Jacob Farnsworth, who he said have already made a positive impact on the team.
“I think Landon and Jacob are doing a great job,” he said. “They’re not the most talented guys on our team but they are leading as seniors should. They are leading in really positive ways and going to practice hard every day, and that’s exactly what I need them to do.”
New to the varsity team is Alex Fugate, a junior who joined the program last season.
“His athleticism really went through the roof over the summer,” Doleac said.
At 6 feet five inches, he will play as a power forward or center – positions that tend to blur on the Park City roster.
“We don’t have a true center,” Doleac said. “We have bigs and guards. All of our bigs play inside and outside. The only real distinction we have is our point guard is the only one looking for an outlet pass. Everyone can bring the ball, push the ball.”
Overall, Doleac said the team is smaller in stature but plays smarter than some of their opponents.
“We have a lot of small kids, but they are fast, so we’re going to try and use quickness and our knowledge of the game to try and win a lot,” he said. “I think they are excited to play, I think they are getting more comfortable with the amount of effort it takes.”
Doleac said he thinks the team could compete for the region 11 title this season.
“I want to get to the playoffs and get a taste of what that’s like,” he said. “I don’t think that’s an unrealistic goal. My goal is to compete for the region win, and then get one win in playoffs at least.”
It all started Tuesday night, ready or not, when the Miners defeated Taylorsville 58-49.
Park City’s first region game is on Jan. 4 against Ben Lomond at home.
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