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PCHS boys’ basketball downs 5A Taylorsville in OT

Last year, the Park City High School boys’ basketball team took an eight-point lead into the fourth quarter at home against 5A Taylorsville. However, after being outscored 23-14 in the final eight minutes, the Miners ended up losing in heart-breaking fashion, 65-64.

This year, playing at Taylorsville last Tuesday night, the Miners were determined not to meet the same fate. This time, however, Taylorsville overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit, briefly taking the lead before a big Park City shot sent the game to overtime.

But this group of Miners has shown they can respond to adversity — something that has caused previous teams to crumble.

In the overtime period, Park City outscored Taylorsville 8-0 to earn a dramatic 70-62 victory.

Park City Coach Caleb Fine said the overtime period was probably the best basketball he’s seen this group play. Overall, he added, Tuesday’s game was a mix of good and bad quarters for the Miners.

"It was a game where we played a terrible first quarter," he said. "In the second and third periods, we did everything we’re supposed to do. Then, we really collapsed. With 40 seconds left, we found ourselves down three. But Drew Fleming hit a big three to tie the game with about 12 seconds left to send it to overtime."

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That clutch shot changed the game for the Miners, Fine said, returning the momentum after a big run by the opponent.

"Hitting such a big shot energized the guys," he said. "There was some excitement and they were ready to show they can win on the road."

At the end of the day, Fine said, it’s all about picking up the win, no matter how ugly or tough it might be.

"Obviously, any time you can play a 5A school on the road and win, it’s great," he said. "It wasn’t perfectly executed, but we did enough to get to overtime and get the win."

Senior forward Bosten Van Der Veur led the way for Park City, scoring 18 points in the win. He also snagged six rebounds and five steals while dishing out three assists. Senior guard Reid Marks added 16 points and senior forward Sam Kingdon had a great all-around game, scoring nine points, grabbing 11 rebounds and snagging five steals.

On Friday night, the Miners returned to the court at North Sanpete. This time, Park City picked up a less-dramatic win, cruising to a 76-62 victory.

In the early going, Fine said it was clear the momentum from Tuesday’s big win carried over.

"That was a great atmosphere at North Sanpete," he said. "I thought there was a lot of carryover and we were able to jump on them pretty well."

However, Park City was again outscored in the fourth quarter, something Fine and the coaching staff would like to see fixed.

"I’d have liked to see us end the game better," he said. "We have to execute better late. The biggest thing is our defense gets a little lax when we start pressing later in the games. Guys are worried about their own man and not so much with team defense. We also had some boneheaded plays we need to fix. Those are definitely areas of concern."

Van Der Veur again led the Miners on Friday night, scoring 24 points. Marks once again finished in double figures with 13 points and Beau Story added 14 points. Kingdon (nine points), Logan Holbrook (eight), Fleming (six) and Colin Zur (two) also contributed for Park City.

Overall, picking up two road wins over two good teams in one week has Park City excited going into Christmas break. The Miners will certainly need that excitement when they play in the Riverton Tournament this weekend.

"This tournament is going to really challenge us," Fine said. "There are a lot of really good teams. We’re going to see 4A and 5A opponents and we’re going to absolutely be tested. It’s going to be a challenge for us to win one game. But, with a senior-laden group, if we defend and rebound and put ourselves in good positions, we can win a couple basketball games."

Park City (7-1) returns to the court on Saturday when it travels to Riverton for the Riverton Holiday Tournament. The Miners will square off against Spanish Fork at 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, with opponents on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday to-be-determined. Park City’s next home game is on Tuesday, Jan. 13, against Uintah in the Region 10 opener at 7 p.m.