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Dinos split region eight opening games

Keny Seals, a junior, floats one in as the Dinos took on the Spartans.
Ryan Rasmussen flies high for two but the Spartan "D" was too much and the Dinos went down 75-64.
Jordan Tatton leads the offense from the top of the key Friday night as the Dinos faced the Spartans.

Sun Advocate reporter

The Carbon High boy's basketball team opened region play they way they hoped, with a 50-45 win over North Sanpete last Wednesday.

It bodes well to make your first win against a good team on the road. Unfortunately their home court wasn't as friendly when the Emery Spartans came to town and beat them 75-64. They are now 1-1 in region eight action.

Wednesday night, Carbon got the rolls and the Hawks could not get one to drop as the Dinos went up 14-2 before the first quarter ended.

Carbon was sitting on top at 21-8 at the break. Then the Hawks began the slow climb back into the game. The fourth quarter was close, but in the end the Dinos held on to the win.

Dayton Martindale led the charge with 12 points. Tysen Stevens added 11, with Joey Keller dropping for 10.

Coach Bianco was pleased with the outcome, "We established our defense early. We didn't shoot particularly well, but we played good defense and thats what got us the win. Everyone stepped up and played well on the defensive end. Being on the road is always a tough game for us, but we did what we were supposed to do and got the win."

Region play allows for no time to pat yourself on the back, just enough time to regroup and face the next challenge.

The challenge of the week was the Emery Spartans who rolled into town on Friday night to take on the Dinos.

The Spartans jumped out fast and were sitting on a seven point lead as they headed to the locker room.

Despite letting the gap widen a bit more, the Dinos pulled back in it, but could not over come Emery's defense to make up the deficit. In the end they lost by 11.

Keller was the potent offense for the Dinos with 16, and Ryan Rasmussen followed with 12.

Stevens was missing and may be out for most of the season with a broken wrist suffered in an earlier practice.

He played two games with it, but an MRI confirmed the worse.

"His injury will hurt us, but others are going to have to step it up and fill in the gap. They didn't against Emery. Emery shot the ball well and we had trouble hitting shots. Their penetration hurt us. We just have to bounce back and get ready for Wednesday."

Carbon will face Salem Hills in a home game on Wednesday night then travel north to take on Juan Diego on Friday.

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