Dinos open season in Grand Junction
Preseason play is for learning, tweaking and improving. The Carbon High boys basketball team used their annual preseason trip into Grand Junction for just that. They faced Grand Junction High in the opening game on Friday and lost 61-49. Then they regrouped and beat Palisades on Friday 76-62. In the final game they took on Central and again posted a convincing win with a 64-53 victory. Grand Junction High won the tournament and handed carbon its only loss.
Overall Coach Ted Bianco was pleased with the teams play for the entire tournament. Even in the loss of Thursday, the team was in contention most of the game. They were only down by four at the half. In the third a couple of three's by Grand Junction let them pull away, but the Dinos again battled back.
In the final minutes, a few untimely fouls let Grand Junction pull away. The score did not reflect the true battle that went on the entire game. Keny Seals was top scorer for the Dinos with 11. Clint Finkbiner was three of five from the three point arc.
On Saturday it was the bench as much as the starters that got the job done against Palliative Bianco saw some real unselfish playing as the team worked the floor. Seals led the way with 19 and 11 rebounds for a double-double. Guards Daniel Peczuh and Clint Finkbiner had excellent games. Finkbiner stuck in 14 points and three more trys. Peczuh scored 17. There were 21 team assists.
From the bench Justin Childs, Colin Moynier and Brock Morley stepped it up to fill with some solid play in when the starter were in a bit of foul trouble.
On Saturday, Bianco didn't go to his bench as much because his starters had things well in hand the entire game. Coming out with a small lead at the half, the team went on a 22-2 run to put the game away in the third.
Beau Rich was the top man on the scoring list with 17. Seals had his second double-double with 12 points and 16 boards. He also picked off five steals. Peczuh had a monster game with 15 points and Finkbiner scored 12.
For Bianco the tournament was a success to build on. He saw steady improvement through the three games. Defensively was were he saw the greatest jump in performances.
By the end the team was communicating well and talking to each other. It certainly showed in the quarter they held their opponent to two while scoring 22.
But success is fleeting unless you look ahead and that is what they will do. On Monday they are looking ahead to the Friday match up with Emery. That game tip off at 7 p.m. at the Carbon High gym.