Quick start helps propel Dinos to victory
Carbon High's pressure defense and fast break offense are key in 72-54 win against rival Emery High Spartans
Carbon High boy's head basketball coach Jeff Cisneros wants his team to play fast on both sides of the ball.
Whether it's applying pressure on each opposing player on the court or looking each time they gain posession to run the fast break, Cisneros wants the team to play quick.
That quickness was on full display as Carbon (5-2) used a fast start right from the opening tip as they defeated the rival Emery High Spartans 72-54 at home on Friday night.
Carbon wasted no time as they quickly got out to the early 18-5 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Cisneros said he told the team to focus on getting open looks at the basket.
"We wanted to get off to a quick start and we did just that," Cisneros said. "We were able to get a lot of easy buckets in the game."
Junior point guard Dakota Cisneros, who finished with a team-high five assists, ran the offense in the half court, driving and dishing to his teammates looking for the open man. And when they were on the fast break, Cisneros wowed the crowd with a few nifty passes that led to easy looks at the basket for the Dinos.
Junior Jordan Blanc and Derek Young helped add to the lead in the second quarter as the Dinos doubled up Emery in the second quarter 16-8 to head into halftime with a lead of 34-13.
While Emery (2-4) was not able to gain a rhythm in the first half, they were able to extend the game thanks to a number of fouls against the Dinos. For the game, Emery shot 22-of-40 from the free throw line while Carbon finished 15-of-26. What was a big lead at 28 points going into the fourth quarter, Emery was able to chip into Carbon's lead before the game ended.
Cisneros said he was a little frustrated at the amount of fouls called on the Dinos, which saw starters Dakota Cisneros and Blanc each foul out late in the game.
While attributing some of that to the referees calling a tight game, Cisneros explained that the Dinos began to slow down from the fast start and allowed Emery to drive to the basket on numerous occassions.
To counter the effects of their fast play, Cisneros was constantly substituing players in and out of the game to keep them all rested. It was one of the downfalls the team experienced in their previous loss to South Sevier just two days before, where Cisneros said his team tired down the stretch and let the game get away from them.
"We got tired against South Sevier at the end of the game. Tonight we saw a lot of players step up and do well," he said.
Young led the team 12 points and nine rebounds as a total of 11 Carbon players scored in the game. Blanc finished with nine points and six rebounds while Taje Richardson and Tanner Gagnon each added nine points.
Cisneros said he is hoping the team will start playing a full four quarters in a game starting with the team's next game against Uintah on Wednesday night at the Carbon High School gym at 7 p.m.
"We're still looking to play a full four quarters in a game. We played three tonight with our defensive pressure," he said.