Carbon basketball team sails to win home opener.
|Sophomore Dayton Martindale nails a three.|
Coach Ted Bianco had been excited to see if the talent that had been blossoming in practice would produce results under real game conditions. He didn't have long to wait. The Dinos came out strong and beat Tooele in the opening game of the season 73-59.
The first quarter of play stayed close on the outside shooting of a strong shooter. The Dinos battled with him all night as he put 32 points on the board with five of them being three pointers. Most of those came in the first half of play.
Carbon had a more balanced attack with four players hitting double figures on the night. Dustin Pollastro 13, Cole Warburton 11, and Zack Jones 14 were led by Jordan Moynier who put up 17. Sophomore Dustin Martindale came off the bench and hit a pair of threes to contribute to the win. Warburton hit three treys and Jones added two of his own.
Carbon held the lead throughout the game and was up 35-27 by the half. They increased the lead in the third to 40-33. But in the fourth quarter they let Tooele creep back in the game with sloppy play and fouls. In the end the team righted itself and closed out the victory to start the season with a W.
Coach Bianco felt like the team played outstanding defense and were able to shut down Tooele's hot scorer. They adjusted their defense to a man and zone approach to contain the threat. "I'm proud of this team. There are a few things we need to work on." Bianco reflected after the game. "Tooele has a history of beating up on Carbon and they went deep into the state tournament the last two years." He also knows that they need to be able to close it down late in the game if they want to have a successful season. "This team will be a lot of fun to watch this year," he concluded.