Another basketball season draws to an end with a 67-46 Dino loss to North Sanpete in the first round of the playoffs on Friday night. Carbon went into the game as a fourth seed underdog against the number one seeded North Sanpete.
Carbon Coach Ted Bianco stated his team headed into the game with confidence and ready to play.
But as the first quarter rolled along, the Dinos just couldn't seem to get their shots to drop and soon they were down by five. The Hawks had a height advantage over Carbon and found a way to make it work. They were able to build a 10 point lead over the Dinos by the half.
Carbon didn't go quietly. They came out of the break and shut down North Sanpete and held them to three points. Unfortunately Carbon could not get their offense to capitalize on the chances they created for themselves and only managed six in the quarter themselves. Both teams got their offense going in the fourth, but it was North Sanpete's game by then.
Clint Finkbiner finished off his high school career with 10. Derek Young put up 12 and Colin Moynier ended with nine.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the effort our team showed in this game," stated Coach Bianco. "They played hard. I think North Sanpete's height hurt us. Our outside shooters just couldn't make the shots they've made all year; we had a bad night shooting, it happens.
"I hate to see our seniors finish up it is a hard time of the year. We had four great kids; Clint Finkbiner led the state in three point shots this season, Gage Bigelow who returned to the team after not playing since his sophomore year, Colin Moynier who we are going to miss his height and ability to take a charge. Moynier also led our team in rebounds. Finally Carson Tatton had a great attitude all season and a work horse in practice. His example was contagious and spread throughout the team," he said.
Finally, Bianco summed up the season as one that they learned a lot. All three Carbon teams (freshmen, JV and varsity) saw more success than they have for several seasons.
There is a talented group of young players coming up from the sophomore and junior rankings and it should make for a great year next season.