PCHS boys’ basketball earns first win
Though Friday night’s game got off to a slow start offensively, the Park City High School boys’ basketball team managed to right the ship en route to its first victory of the season.
Leading 7-6 over 2A Rockwell after the first quarter of play, the Miners were able to score 14 points in the second quarter to take a 21-16 halftime lead. In the third quarter, Park City outscored its opponent 18-14 to open up a nine-point lead in a game the Miners held on to win 56-47.
Park City Coach Caleb Fine was happy with the Miners’ passing on Friday night, which was creating open shots for everyone.
"We stopped jacking up shots and got away from our hero ball," he said. "I also thought we played pretty good defense, especially early on when our offense wasn’t clicking."
Park City was led by junior point guard Jack Lecher, who scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the victory. Senior co-captains Drew Fleming (13 points) and Nesta Heaps (10 points, five rebounds) also contributed heavily.
Fine said he was thrilled with Lecher’s efforts on the glass, but added that he’d like to see some of the forwards lead the team in rebounding.
"Jack was an animal on the boards," he said. "But our point guard can’t be getting 11 rebounds."
It was no surprise to anyone on the Park City coaching staff that Heaps, Fleming and Lecher led the team on the offensive end.
"They’re probably our best offensive talents," Fine said. "[Fleming] got a little hot there for a stretch in the third and Nesta’s been consistent. It doesn’t surprise me when those three lead us in the scorebook."
Jake Overson added six points for the Miners, while Will Robinson (five), Josh Jennings (four), Chase Malone (three) and Devin Valiquett (two) also scored points.
Park City (1-3) returns to the court on Wednesday night at Bear River. The Miners will host the Park City Classic this weekend, with games against South Summit on Friday night and North Summit on Saturday night. Fine said he expects to have to work hard for any victories this weekend.
"I know that South Summit’s excited," he said. "They’re a little more offense-oriented this year. North Summit’s very tall this year. It’s going to be hard to win a basketball game this weekend. I expect a great atmosphere and close games."
Both games are scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. at Park City High School.
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It’s been a rough season for Park City, but a taste of the postseason could pay huge dividends in the future.