Young's strong play leads Carbon past Emery, Tooele
Senior forward averages 23 points per game in two wins as Carbon gets back to .500 on the season
In a down to the wire game against Emery on Friday night and in a back-and-forth battle with Tooele on Saturday, the Carbon High Boys Basketball team went back to what has helped them during a three-game win streak.
Get the ball to senior Derek Young and let him do the rest.
It was a formula that worked despite a tough team shooting performance in Friday's 58-53 win over Emery on Friday and in Carbon's 74-60 win over Tooele on Saturday.
Young scored 23 points in each contest continuing a streak of strong performance dating back to Carbon's trip to Tremonton for the Bear River Classic.
"I'm playing a lot looser right now and I'm just letting the game come to me," said Young.
Young's big second half performance along with Jordan Blanc and Bryce Blackburn making key plays in the final minutes helped Carbon get the win after they trailed by as many as six points during the game.
Against Tooele, the Dinos and the Buffaloes battled through a first half that saw plenty of tough fouls and hard play.
In the second quarter, Carbon's Dakota Cisneros drove to the basket but was fouled hard when a Tooele player wrapped his arms around him for a foul. Cisneros was called for a technical after he shoved a Tooele player into his teammate after the play was over.
Leading at the half 40-35, Carbon quickly extended its lead pushing it to 10 points after Young hit two free throws.
Tooele tried to cut into the lead but never got closer than eight points as key plays on offense by Young, Blanc and senior Michael Peczuh kept the Dinos in the lead. Peczuh made a critical basket and got the foul putting the game away for the Dinos.
"Michael came up big for us tonight helping get rebounds and points," Young said.
Head coach Jeff Cisneros said his veteran group is stepping up to the challenge of a tough schedule and are committed to playing strong every night.
"We've had a couple tough losses so far but we've bounced back," Cisneros said. "We've still got a lot of work to do from here."
Carbon (4-4) will travel to Uintah on Wednesday night before they return home to host Grand on Friday night at 7 p.m. at the Carbon High Gymnasium.