EL DORADO — With an up tempo pace and players trapping and pressing all over the court, the Union Mine High basketball team established early in its game Tuesday with Argonaut that in order to go a full game with the Diamondbacks, teams need to be in shape and well conditioned.
It became evident very quickly that Argonaut was having problems with the D’backs’ style of play as Union Mine forced numerous Mustang turnovers that resulted in easy baskets for the home team from El Dorado and ended with a convincing 72-44 victory.
The energetic D’backs’ pressure defense, solid execution on offense, and strong rebounding let Union Mine literally run all over the Mustangs in the nonleague contest.
“That’s the style we’re going to use for the season this year,” Union Mine coach Mike Verbitsky said after the game. “We have lots of guys who we can rotate into the game and keep the energy and pace of the contest at a high level the entire night. Our style of play will benefit us as we move forward from the game tonight and into the league season when our team expects to be very competitive.”
Union Mine took control and dominated the game from the opening tip-off. With Tommy Callonea producing 18 points on the night, Kyle Tucker pouring in 17, and Lucas Smith chipping in another nine points the Diamondbacks overwhelmed Argonaut and held a commanding 38-17 advantage at halftime.
The advantage rapidly grew over the third quarter as Union Mine used a total team effort on both sides of the floor to shut down the Mustangs. With Tyler Sutorka’ nine points on the night, and Nick Rankin, Carl Hughes and Derek Saich each chipping in six points, the D’backs ran their advantage to 67-40 midway through the fourth quarter.
The Diamondbacks also got solid contributions from Mitchell Waltz, Alex Neufeld, Joe Dyer, Eddie Dicambio and Graham Bennett.
Union Mine plays this weekend in the Mesa Verde tournament. Next week the D’backs travel back down the hill to compete in the Lincoln tournament.