Season ends for Dino boy's basketball
Wasatch ran the table in Region 10 play this season while the rest of the teams scrambled for the rest of the spots.
It came down to the final two games for everyone and Carbon came out on the bottom with two close road losses.
On Wednesday they watched ALA put the game out of reach with only 16 seconds left on the clock to lose 51-47. On Friday the Dinos stayed within striking distance of Union, but ended their season with a 67-59 defeat.
Carbon had to face ALA down two of their starters on Wednesday. Beau Rich and Justin Child ended up on the bench due to ankle injuries. But despite that the Dinos were only down by four going into the fourth quarter.
ALA drilled their free throws in the final ticks of the game to ice it and hand Carbon the loss.
No Dino scored in double figures on the night, but nine players did add to the total. Daniel Peczuh and Justin Child were on top with nine each.
With both still in the running for the final play-off slot, Union and Carbon faced off in Roosevelt. The Dinos had the three point advantage at the half. Union had the three point edge going into the fourth.
Both teams stepped up their offense to finish it off. Keny Seals fouled out with four minutes remaining and that was a momentum changer for the Dinos.
The Cougars were the ones that were able to secure the win. Seals and Rich finished off with 13 and Colin Moynier came off the bench to score 10.
"They were very similar games," remarked Carbon Coach Ted Bianco about the last two games, "We were within striking distance in both," he said. "We had opportunities to tie or take the lead and just came up short.
"Lack of depth on our bench hurt us this season. We had good talent on the bench, but they are very young."
The end of the season means the coaching staff has to say good-bye to another crop of seniors. There were six this season and Bianco had nothing but high praise for them.
Even though they didn't attain the outcome they were looking for with wins and a play-off ticket, Bianco knows they have left their mark of those young players who will play in the future.
With only three juniors this season, the bulk of the bench was sophomores and freshmen.
With the leadership and teaching from the departing seniors, Bianco said he was excited about next season as his young squad gets their chance to show off what they have learned from their mentors.