Jordan Tatton leads Carbon's offense down the floor in an earlier game.
After going down 23-8 in the first quarter, the Carbon Dinos boys basketball team found they could not close the deal last Friday night. Even as they outscored the Kanab Cowboy's in two of the next three quarters, the initial deficit was just to much to overcome and the Dinos went down 73-70.
"We just got ourselves in too big of a hole," said coach Bianco via telephone interview on Monday. "In each of the last two games we have come out flat and it has killed us."
Bianco was quick to point out that he was proud of the way his team battled back and fought to the end but was concerned about some of the team's defensive problems.
"Sure, we missed some early shots but our problem was on defense," he explained. "We definitely have some defensive lapses that have killed us. Our press hasn't worked out so well as of late so we are going to have to look at that and our transition defense was very disappointing as we reviewed the tapes."
The Dinos calmed down in the second quarter and outscored the Cowboys by seven. They dominated the opposing squad in the closing quarter 24-15 showing the flashes of greatness that have come and gone during their pre-season action.
Carbon was led in scoring by Joey Keller who pored in 24 and Tysen Stevens who had 14. The squad is now 5-6 as they head to North Sanpete for a Wednesday contest before coming home to face rival Emery on Friday night at 7 p.m.
"We haven't come out with enough energy of late and we need to get back to that," concluded Bianco. "We need to get back to playing our style of basketball."