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Carbon records upset win over Soaring Eagles

Defying gravity Ryan Rasmussen sails up for a pair of his 10 points on the night.
Jordan Tatton sets his sights on the hoop as he gets ready to shoot a free throw.

Sun Advocate sports reporter

Redemption from weeks earlier loss

Even though it was a tough week for the Dinos, they walked away with an upset victory over a Juan Diego team that had beaten up on them earlier in the season.

Returning home from a loss to a strong Salem Hills squad earlier in the week to the scene of their last win, they pulled off a gutsy performance against the Soaring Eagles and took the victory with a one point margin, 50-49.

Earlier in the week they lost to the Skyhawks 54-47. In that Wednesday match-up the Dinos struggled in the first quarter, where they found themselves down by eight points.

However Carbon found their momentum in the second period and the rest of the game was pretty much a draw. The first period deficit ended up being the difference in the game.

Dayton Martindale had his stroke going as he hit three treys to lead the Carbon team with 13 points.

Coach Bianco had little to say about the loss as he looked ahead to the Juan Diego match-up. Referring to the earlier defeat that they had suffered against the SkyHawks, he just remarked, "We played better."

On Friday the Carbon boy's didn't let themselves get into the early game hole as they took it to the Soaring Eagles early and often. Both squads traded buckets and the lead, but the half ended with the Dinos holding a slim one point edge.

The intensity didn't let up for either team as the third quarter drew to an end. This time it was Juan Diego that had the single point lead at the end of the period.

Defenses tightened up for each squad in the fourth and points became harder to get. But still the game remained a stalemate.

In the final seconds the score was tied at 49. Carbon's Keny Seals stepped up for a pair of free shots and hit only the first one. With a slim one point lead, it was the Carbon defense that had the games fate in their hands. They forced the Soaring Eagle to take a quick shot that missed and then snagged the rebound to hold on for the win.

For all the emotion that flooded the team, coaches and fans it could have been game seven of the NBA finals. An elated Coach Bianco pumped his fist as he savored the moment.

"It was one heck of a job they did," said Bianco. "They have been down on themselves because they have had so many emotional losses this season. If this doesn't carry us through the rest of the season and into the play-offs, nothing will."

"We played hard the entire game," continued Bianco. "On offense our guards penetrated well and scored. We played a good zone defense and they believed in themselves. I'm proud of the kids."

The Dino offense was spread out over the five starters. Joey Tatton hit for 12. Three Dinos, Martindale, Ryan Rasmussen and Jordan Tatton, added 10 each, Seals added the final eight. points. Rasmussen was also active on the boards as he pulled in seven rebounds. Keller grabbed six rebounds.

The 3-4 Dinos can finish region play in fourth if they take care of business against Delta on Wednesday. Delta is sitting right below Carbon in the Region 8 standings at 2-3.

Carbon pulled out a close win over the Rabbits in their first meeting and now will have to face them on the road.

The Dinos will finish our region action with a home game on Friday against North Sanpete.

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