Play-in games loom for Carbon teams: Dinos finish off season with win over Hawks
Seven quarters of good play and one quarter the Dinos would like to forget gave Carbon a split in their final two games of the season last week.
Against Delta, on the road, the Dinos led the Rabbits for three quarters of the game. A poor shooting fourth quarter for Carbon let the Rabbits run away with a 48-30 victory on Wednesday night.
But on Friday night, the Dinos built up a huge lead and sailed to an easy 81-56 finish over the winless North Sanpete Hawks.
During the Wednesday night game the Dinos came out with good defense and out shot the Rabbits 13-9 in the opening period. Neither team could hit much in the second and the Dinos remained up by a pair going into the locker room.
In the third quarter Carbon clung to a single point advantage. Senior Joey Keller started off the fourth period with a layup and then the offense went dry for the Dinos.
One Carbon parent described it as if it looked like someone had put a clear plastic shield over the hoop because shot after shot bounced back out instead of dropping in. Dino shots from the free throw line refused to enter the iron and the Carbon lead was in their rear view mirror.
The Rabbits on the other hand could do no wrong and posted over half of their entire point total in the fourth quarter of play.
Dayton Martindale was the only Dino in double figures and he only managed 11.
"Don't ask me anything about the Delta game," laughed Coach Ted Bianco as he prepared for the North Sanpete match-up, "We just didn't shoot well."
Against the Hawks on Friday night, the Dinos didn't take anything for granted. Despite playing a struggling team, Carbon came out and played hard, especially on the defensive end. The first quarter was the only balanced period of the game for the Hawks. Carbon went on a 17-4 run to end the half and it was no contest after that.
With a 63-30 lead going into the fourth, the Carbon bench began to see some varsity court time. Bianco liberally substituted to give many on his bench some quality minutes.
In the waning minutes of the ballgame a North Sanpete player with special needs was put in the game. The crowd cheered as he took the ball down court and made a couple of baskets. It was a good end to the regular season play for both the crowd and the players on the court.
Martindale was the leading scorer with 19 points. Keller had one last great regular season game as a Dino with 13 points and six rebounds. Keny Seals pulled in five rebounds and stuffed in 14 points. Andrew Quinton crashed the boards and grabbed seven rebounds, several of which he was able to put back in for part of his seven points.
A relaxed Bianco headed off the court while being congratulated by many.
"It was nice to have a relaxed game and win," he said, "Our defense was great. We have played good defense now for the past three games and I hope that will carry us into the play-offs. All our kids played well tonight, but especially our seniors. It was a good win."
As it stands now, Carbon will head up to Salt Lake to take on Judge Memorial in the play-in game for the state tournament. Game time will be at 7 p.m. on Friday at Judge Memorial's gym.