Park City boys’ basketball wallops North Summit
On Friday night at Park City High School, North Summit High School senior Cameron Smith exploded for 33 points as the 2A Braves boys’ basketball team upset 3A Union 63-57 at the Park City Classic.
On Saturday night, however, Bosten Van Der Veur and the Park City Miners stepped up to the challenge, holding Smith to just eight points in a 66-40 Miner victory.
Though Van Der Veur also led the Miners with 20 points on the night, Park City Coach Caleb Fine was happy with the way the senior forward set the tone defensively.
"He stepped up to the challenge," Fine said. "We know Cameron Smith well. He played at Park City his freshman year. He was excited and Bosten was excited for the challenge. Bosten wants to be a college basketball player, so we weren’t really worried about him stepping up and playing defense."
Another player who stepped up in a big way on Saturday night was senior guard Logan Holbrook. With mere seconds left in the first quarter, Holbrook grabbed a loose ball in the corner of the court, turned around and heaved a desperation three as time expired. The shot was nothing but net, giving the Miners a huge 22-9 cushion after eight minutes of play. Holbrook then hit a three pointer later in the game and drew a foul on the shot, capitalizing on the rare four-point play. He’d finish the game with 15 points, a career high.
"Logan, he’s that kind of guy that will play defense, rebound and score five points here and there, but he hurt [North Summit] tonight," Fine said. "You’ve got to give him a lot of credit. He stepped up and hit some open jump shots, made a couple layups and hit that big three early to get us rolling. Logan had a great night. He’s really blossomed the last couple games defensively and the payoff comes offensively when you play defense."
"It felt great," Holbrook added. "I haven’t shot that well in a long time. It was a good game for me."
Sam Kingdon and Reid Marks also reached double figures for Park City on Saturday night, scoring 11 and 16 points, respectively. Jack Lecher and Beau Story each added two points.
Carson Richins led the way for North Summit, scoring 14 points against Park City after notching 23 the night before against Union. The highlight of the loss for the Braves was a more balanced offensive attack. After struggling at points this season to get more than four players on the score sheet, seven different Braves scored on Saturday night.
The Miners played well defensively despite losing senior forward Adam Hutt to a shoulder injury against South Summit on Friday night. Fine said that, despite the big loss of a senior captain, the team showed improvement.
"We improved this weekend," he said. "I learned that we still need to rebound, though. That’s our Achilles heel. Defensively, though, we definitely improved this weekend. You have to appreciate the way the boys battled through some adversity tonight."
Holbrook said some added intensity on the defensive side of the ball is what has helped Park City improve.
"We’ve just been playing hard," he said. "Defense is the key. We’ve all stepped up our intensity and we’ve been helping each other out more. It’s not just an individual game."
It all starts in practice, he added.
"The intensity we bring in practice has determined how well we’ve done in games," he said. "That has just led us to bigger victories."
Park City, now 5-1 on the season after two victories this weekend, will hit the road this week to take on 5A Taylorsville and 3A North Sanpete. The team will return home on Tuesday, Jan. 13, to kick off Region 10 play against Uintah. That game is scheduled to tip-off at 7 p.m.
North Summit, now 3-4 after a 1-1 weekend, plays at the Flaming Gorge Classic this weekend. The Braves won’t host another home game until Wednesday, Jan. 14, when they kick off their region schedule against Gunnison at 7 p.m.
The Park City High School track team logged some of its best results of the season on Saturday when it traveled to the Davis Invite in Kaysville.