Carbon Dinos stomp the Emery Spartans
|Neal Maynes pushes past an Emery defender as the Dinos cruise to their first Region 8 victory of the season by the final, 44-42.|
After the Carbon Lady Dinos lost to the Emery Spartans by one point Thursday night, the Carbon boys stepped out on to their home court Friday night determined to gain control of the long lasting Carbon/Emery rival.
The Spartan boys entered the match up ranked fourth in the 3A standings with a record of 3-1. The team felt that they were a shoe-in to win the competition against the Dinos who had not chalked up a single regular season win.
The tides turned however and the Spartans found themselves loading the big yellow bus bound for Castle Dale minus a Region 8 victory.
The game was intense as fans and players alike lifted the energy level in the Dino gym to above richter scale levels.
The first quarter found the Dinos jumping out ahead of the Spartans, 19-13. Momentum was definitely in their corner. That was until the Spartans outscored the Dinos, 22-15 in the second quarter thus leading to the half time total of 35-34 in favor of the Spartans.
As both teams entered the locker room, the players minds were racing as each team could feel the victory at their fingertips.
The second half kicked off with the Dinos playing strong and confident as they outscored the Spartans, 12-3 in the quarter.
The fourth quarter the Dinos failed to continue sinking shots as they were outscored 24-18. Regardless, the Dinos played strong enough to nudge the Spartans and capture their first Region 8 victory of the season by the final score of 64-62.
The crowd errupted as the Dino team stood on the hardwood floor victorious. Carbon fans then emptied the stands and joined the Dino team on the floor for a post game celebration.
"It was a good win for us for many different reasons. First off, this was the first time that Carbon has defeated Emery in the last eight to nine years. It felt good to be a part of the team that accomplished this task. It was also a good win for the kids who have worked so hard this year. They have beat several good teams this year and came close to defeating others, but to capture the first season win on our home court was a great feeling," explained an excited Carbon coach, Ted Bianco.
The Dinos did everything right as they played great defense. The Carbon team was able to contain the Spartans three point shooters quite well.
"In the fourth quarter, we allowed them to score several three-point field goals, but luckily we contained them enough to gain the win," commented the Dino coach.
The Dinos also stepped up and rebounded quite well. This is a problem which has plagued the team throughout the year, but Friday night, the Dinos looked as if rebounding came quite easily to the players.
"This was probably our best game this year. The rebounding was unlike anything I've seen from the team this year. The win only helps to boost our confidence and hopefully we can keep the momentum going," concluded Bianco.
The Dinos return to action this Wednesday night as they hit the road to take on North Sanpete.