PCHS boys’ basketball gets back to winning ways
December 12, 2014
After a letdown against Highland last Friday night, the Park City High School boys’ basketball team got back to its winning ways on Tuesday night against Summit Academy.
At times, the Miners played some beautiful basketball en route to a 70-61 victory. At other times not so much.
But, as Park City Coach Caleb Fine said, the important thing was that the team improved to 3-1 on the season.
"We’re happy we picked up the ‘W,’" he said. "At the end of the day, that’s what we wanted to do. We had a couple boneheaded mistakes throughout, even to finish the game. But we gave ourselves enough of a cushion and held on to win. I’m very proud of the boys."
The biggest concern for Fine and his staff is the inconsistency on defense from the Miners. In order to achieve their goals of winning a 3A state championship, Fine said his team needs to step it up on that side of the ball.
"There are still some areas we need to work on, specifically our defensive intensity and our rebounding," he said. "Especially early, we got hammered on the boards. We have to find a way to play with intensity on defense consistently. We showed it in spurts, but this team has goals to be great. The best we can be, on a good day, with our defense right now, is good."
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However, there were some bright spots in the victory. Fine noted the offense did a great job of running the floor on Tuesday night.
"Our transition offense was our best offense tonight, which it usually is, especially when you have a kid like Bosten [Van Der Veur]," he said. "Reid [Marks] had a great game and a lot of assists as well."
Van Der Veur led the Miners with 28 points. Beau Story added 16 points, many of which came on easy layups set up by Van Der Veur and Marks. Marks added 12 points, Sam Kingdon had eight, Drew Fleming had four and Adam Hutt added a pair of free throws.
Fine said Van Der Veur presents all sorts of matchup problems when he’s leading a fast break.
"When you get the ball in Bosten’s hands, he’s one of the most explosive players in the open court in 3A," he said. "He’s hard to guard in that situation. He did a good job of attacking the basket tonight."
Fine also pointed out the solid play from Story, who went head-to-head against Summit Academy’s Zach Scott, the Bears’ star player.
"[Scott]’s a tough kid who averages a lot of points and a lot of rebounds," he said. "He’s tough to guard. I’m extremely proud of Beau, individually. I thought he really battled him. Beau had his best game of the year.
"Even though [Scott]’s a tough matchup and he put up some buckets and hurt us at times, overall, Beau had his best game of the year — 16 points, nine boards. He went right back after him and was able to stay out of foul trouble, so he was able to keep battling."
Story said he knew what he needed to do to limit Scott, a foe he’s familiar with.
"I was a little nervous," he said. "But we played them last year and we played them earlier this fall, so I knew I had to play him hard and play him strong."
Overall, Story said he was happy with the way he played on Tuesday night.
"I’m kind of mad because I was one rebound away from a double-double," he joked. "But, overall, that’s fantastic. It felt great."
Now the Miners must prepare for the Park City Classic, a four-team tournament featuring North Summit, South Summit and Union. Since Park City and Union are in the same region, they won’t play each other this weekend. North and South Summit are in the same region as well, so they won’t play each other, either.
Fine said the Miners are excited for a couple rivalry games this weekend.
"It’s going to be exciting to play both of those teams," he said. "You’ve got the county rivalry and they’re going to come in here trying to get wins against us. They know we haven’t been playing our best basketball lately, so they’re going to try to jump on us with pressure. We’re looking forward to it."
Park City played South Summit on Friday night, after this issue went to press. The Miners will match up against North Summit on Saturday night at 7 p.m. in the PCHS gym. South Summit takes on Union at 5 p.m., also in the PCHS gym.
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