No holiday joy for Dino basketball team
Hodson Classic proves difficult with losses
The four game winning streak came to an end last week for the Carbon Dino basketball squad. For Coach Ted Bianco and his team, the holidays proved not to be kind to the boys in blue. They headed down to play in the Hodson Classic tournament and came away with three straight losses.
On Monday Dec. 28, the Dinos took on Richfield and lost 52-45. On Tuesday they faced Moapa Valley out of Nev. and lost 63-58 in overtime. Then on Wednesday the same score and the same results, less the OT period, as Carbon went down 63-58 to Canyon View.
On Monday, Carbon matched Richfield's effort from the field. Each team hit 19 shots from the field, but it was the free throw line that hurt Carbon. They only managed to make 31 percent of their charity shots. The game stayed close until the fourth when Richfield pulled away and closed it down. Keny Seals was the top scorer for the game with 21 points. Beau Rich posted nine on the night.
Against Moapa Valley, Carbon actually carried the lead much of the game. Five ahead at the end of the first, they let Moapa slowly climb back in. Tied at the buzzer, Carbon was only able to hit four points in the OT period and let the game slip away. Again the difference was at the line for the Dinos. Even though they had a better percent than the day, it still came back to haunt them in the end.
Seals had another good scoring effort with 26 points. He was helped out by Daniel Peczuh with 10. Peczuh was able to hit a pair of threes in the effort.
In the final game of the tournament, Carbon jumped out first, but Canyon View tied it up at the half. Even though the Dinos stayed close, they just couldn't close it out and the win stayed out of their grasp. Peczuh and Seals were the offensive force again for the Dinos. They put up 19 points each as they tried to lead their team to victory.
Coach Bianco admitted it wasn't his team's best effort of the year. He was a bit frustrated with the free throw shooting and the team defense.
"Our defense did not play with the same intensity and focus as they did before the break. I'm not sure why. We also didn't shoot well and took a lot of shots. We weren't hitting form the outside and gave up some long rebounds and fast break points. But mostly if our defense had been as sharp as it usually is we could have stopped every one of these teams from scoring on us. We could have easily beat any of these teams."
But Bianco was not discouraged. He is confident that his team will learn form this and do the hard work required of them to regroup and start a new streak.
"We have a good group of boys this season and they are competitive," he added about the practices ahead.
Carbon will play their final preseason game on Saturday Jan. 9 on the road against Emery. They begin region play on the road the following week with a game on Tuesday Jan. 19 against Wasatch. That game will be at 5:15 p.m. just prior to the Carbon girls taking on the Wasps at 7 p.m.
The Carbon boys and girls basketball teams will play most of their region games on the same night this season. Start times will switch between 5:15 p.m. and 7 p.m. during the season.