Ups and downs: Central runs out of gas in loss to Carbon

Vandon Sanchez of Central collars a rebound over Carbon County’s Daniel Peczuh.



From a halftime tie to a 20-point deficit Saturday afternoon, the Central High School boys basketball team wasn’t about to pack it in during the final game of the Warrior Challenge.

Actually, the Warriors were just getting warmed up.

After being outscored 22-2 in the third quarter, when Central got away from executing its offense, the Warriors came roaring back in the fourth quarter against Carbon (Utah) High School, but ran out of time in a 62-53 loss.

“We ran out of time and energy was a factor,” Central coach Phil Cain said. “We missed some free throws that could have cut it some more, but it was a great learning opportunity for our team and hopefully we’ll grow from it.”

The Dinos’ pressure defense got the Warriors sped up too much in the third quarter, leading to a flurry of turnovers, hurried shots and a scoring drought that lasted until Spencer Hicks picked up a loose ball in the lane and scored with 3:30 to play.

By the time, Carbon had scored 11 straight points and had another 11-0 run after that to lead 47-27 entering the fourth quarter.

“We played Carbon’s game and they did a good job of that,” Cain said. “We got out of sync and lost our confidence when a few easy ones didn’t fall. Once we got it going in the fourth quarter and started shooting the ball, we were fine.

“I was proud of our kids. They kept battling. We have a long ways to go, but we’ll keep working hard.”

Vandon Sanchez led Central, which went 1-2 in the tournament, with 18 points and Hicks added 14. Sanchez scored 12 of his points in the Warriors’ fourth-quarter comeback. His 3-pointer from the corner made it a seven-point game, 58-51, but Central had only 19.7 seconds left and had to foul to get the ball back.

Beau Rich and Daniel Peczuh had 15 points each for Carbon, Clint Finkbiner had 14 and Kenny Seals 12.

“We learned that we need to have high energy throughout,” Cain said. “There were moments in that third period we didn’t have that and energy will carry us a long way. That’s the first thing, and we need to rebound more as a team and we need to take care of the ball better.

“We have four new guys to our program who didn’t play last year. It’s a big learning curve, but I like their effort.”


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