Carbon County downs Palisade at Warrior Challenge
Carbon County (Utah) High School was the smallest school in the Warrior Challenge, but the Dinos held their own just fine.
Carbon County, with an enrollment under 800, concluded the tournament with a 59-46 victory over Palisade on Saturday at Central High School to finish 2-1 in the tournament.
“It’s a good tournament,” Carbon County coach Ted Bianco said. “The competition is great and
I felt great about the way we played. I saw a lot of improvement. I’m pleased with the performance.”
Seniors Tysen Stevens and Joey Keller led Carbon County (2-2) with 13 points each. The Dinos were aided by eight 3-pointers.
“The seniors have done a better job so far,” Bianco said. “I hope we continue to improve.”
Although Palisade (0-3) didn’t win a game in the tournament, coach Steve Phillips was pleased with his young team’s growth.
“It was a good weekend for us in terms of us growing,” Phillips said. “I felt we played 10 good quarters, four against Douglas County, two (Friday) and four today. We’ll keep working on things and try to learn. It takes time.
“It’s different terminology. We’re emphasizing defense and the offense we run takes a long time to get down. Until you know the talent base of each other, it takes about a month.”
Jake Edmiston led Palisade (0-3) with 13 points and Jeremy Hayden added 11.
Carbon County went on a 13-2 run midway through the first quarter to build an 18-8 lead.
Keller started it with a three-point play, finishing it with a free throw. Stevens and Ryan Rasmussen each hit 3-pointers during the run.
Palisade opened the second quarter with a couple of Nathaniel Yanez 3-pointers to cut the lead to six, but the Dinos came back with 3-pointers from Dayton Martindale and Jordan Tattan to push the lead back to 10 at halftime.
Carbon County put a press on the Bulldogs to start the second half. Palisade was able to take care of the ball, but had trouble putting the ball in the basket. The Bulldogs were held to six points in the third quarter as Carbon County pushed its lead to 15, 41-26.
“We did a much better job attacking the press,” Phillips said. “The offense is still tentative.
We’re forcing the ball too much. Shooting and scoring is an afterthought right now, but the shots will come. The defensive effort is there, but we need to work on boxing out and closing out.”