Dinos beat Rabbits, lose at Emery
Two teams went into Wednesday night's game tied at 1-3 in region play. Carbon came out over Delta to move to 2-3, while the Rabbits sank to 1-4 after a hard fought battle on the CHS hardwood. Carbon took the Rabbits 58-50. But Friday night the Dinos lost big to Emery 95-62 .
On Wednesday night, it started out all Delta, as Carbon struggled with turnovers and missed shots. Things looked grim at the end of the first with the Dinos trailing 14-5.
But then the game turned around a bit, as Carbon came inching their way back and out scored Delta in each quarter the rest of the way. It was a slow process that still had the Dinos down by four at the half.
In the third, the two teams traded leads back and forth the entire period. As the final seconds of the third ticked away, it looked like Delta would keep a two point advantage.
But Carbon got a hold of the ball with 1.3 seconds left and shot it to half court into the hands of Brandon Gagnon. He let it fly as the buzzer sounded from well into Delta territory. The shot arced across the floor and dropped to give the Dinos a one point lead. The crowd went wild.
A jazzed up Dino squad took the floor and were determine to make this game theirs. They moved their lead to seven several times, only to see Delta claw back to make it close.
When the Dinos hit 50 points another cheer went up because Sonic Drive-In is giving free drinks when either Carbon Basketball team has a 50+ game at home.
The entire crowd held their breaths as Ryan Rasmussen went to the line over and over in the final ticks of the game.
Each time his shots swished through, a collective sigh of relief could be heard.
Keny Seals came up big as well with 15 points and four steals.
Dayton Martindale had a solid game, contributing 12, as did Joey Keller. Keller also snagged six rebounds. Rasmussen finished with six assists and eight points.
"We needed this win," remarked a satisfied Coach Bianco after the game. "We started off slow again. But they stepped it up and worked hard to get the win.
Gagnon had that big shot and Martindale had a great game. The free throws from Rasmussen at the end were key. Seal's and Keller's plays were big. I am proud of the whole team."
On Friday, it was a bit of a different story when the Spartans hosted the Dinos.
A close first quarter ended with Carbon on top by one. After that it was all Emery. The Spartan lead was 12 by the half, 19 by the end of the third and 33 at the end.
Both teams were able to hit their outside shots. Carbon had nine threes on the night and Emery floated in 13 from beyond the arc.
Dayton Martindale had the range with five of the Dino treys. He ended up with 17 points. Joey Keller contributed 16, while Keny Seals added 11. Daniel Peczuh hit three treys for all of his nine points. Bianco was happy with Peczuh's performance off the bench and felt like it was one of his best this season.
"Emery is a tough team. We played pretty tough in the first quarter, then we had some big break downs defensively. Emery is the kind of team that will take advantage of mistakes. Our rotation didn't execute and we didn't get where we were supposed to be and left some wide open shots. We got in a shooting match with them, but when you do that you have to hit shots when they do and we didn't," commented Bianco about the loss.
Carbon has another tough week ahead of them with a game on the road against Salem Hills on Wednesday and then one at home against Juan Diego on Friday.
Bianco was hopeful about the rest of the season, "We have to play the top three teams right in a row, but I believe we have faced the best one already. We can win the rest of our games if we just play our game and execute. I believe that. Our season isn't over and the boys need to believe that to and we can finish strong."