Dinos brush off Bulldogs
Carbon High School’s boys basketball team erased any doubt of a sluggish start right away Friday in an early afternoon game after a late Thursday game.
The Dinos took the lead from the onset and built a 10-point lead early in the second quarter en route to a 76-62 victory over Palisade in the Warrior Challenge at Central High School.
“We needed a good performance tonight out of our kids,” Carbon coach Ted Bianco said. “I thought our defensive effort, especially when we went to our man, was one of the better ones I’ve seen. I was pleased with our help side.
“We had some young men come off the bench when Kenny (Seals) got in foul trouble and I thought they did an excellent job.”
Seals, a 6-foot-3 senior post, led Carbon (1-1) with 19 points, including the team’s first eight points. Guards Daniel Peczuh had 17 and Clint Finkbiner had 14.
Jeremy Hayden led the Bulldogs (1-1) with 21 points, including five 3-pointers. Nate Yanez scored 13, Dakota Bond 12 and Kane Gunther added 10.
“I’m really proud of effort, I thought we did a nice job,” Palisade coach Steve Phillips said. “We know we can play harder. It seemed like every time we made a run they made a run back at us. We just couldn’t get over the hump. Our Achilles’ heel is giving up offensive rebounds.
“We’re still young. We’re getting better. We’re going to improve each night.”
After Seals picked up his second foul less than five minutes into the game, Justin Child came in and quickly scored eight points, and the guards hit three 3-pointers as Carbon built a 26-14 lead.
Palisade responded with a 13-5 run to close the first half and get within four.
The Dinos, though, continued to shoot the ball well in the second half, pushing the lead back up to eight by the end of the third quarter and 12 early in the fourth.
Carbon shot 50.9 percent from the floor and held Palisade to 38.9 percent.
“They shot the ball really well, but they should’ve, they got a lot (of shots) in the paint,” Phillips said. “We’ve got to do a better job of transition defense, getting back and create a turnover situation and knock the ball loose so we’re not giving up layups.
“We’re not going to be bigger than anybody we play probably, so we’ve got to do all the little things right. We’ve got to play great team defense, we’re still learning about getting in the right spots and playing hard on the ball and good help side.
“When it comes together, we’ll get better and better. (The Dinos) did a great job tonight and deserved to win.”
Horizon 49, Fruita Monument 41: After having everything go its way Thursday against Bear Creek, Fruita Monument was unable to make the big shots when it counted in a loss to Horizon in the final game of the day.
“It’s one of those things with high school kids, from one night to the next you never know,” Fruita Monument coach Dave Fox said. “I think they felt so good about (Thursday’s game) that they forgot how we got here, which was 18 days of hard work and practice.”
After trailing the Hawks for the majority of the game, the Wildcats had plenty of chances in the fourth quarter to either tie or take the lead. Trailing 43-41 with just less than three minutes left, Fruita Monument was unable to get any more shots to fall.
Horizon pulled away by making free throws down the stretch.
“I give a lot of credit to Horizon, they really wanted the game more than we did,” Fox said. “We made some runs but we just missed so many easy shots.”
Sophomore Drew Bridges had another good game for the Wildcats finishing with a team-high 12 points.