Utes’ only senior, Marc Reininger, finally gets some extended minutes during Colorado loss

first_img Colorado head coach Tad Boyle directs his team against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP Colorado guard Tyler Bey, top, hangs from the rim after dunking over Utah forward Timmy Allen in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado guard Tyler Bey, center, pulls in a rebound between Utah center Lahat Thioune, left, and forward Timmy Allen in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. “He’ll screen, the first time he had an opportunity to screen, we got a bucket,” said Krystkowiak, “He’s bigger and stronger but he’s not exactly game-ready. He’s been out for a long time but I give Mark a lot of credit for banging and bringing that physicality.” With the Utes young and thin inside, Reininger may be called on for more duty as the season rolls along. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak calls for a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado forward Evan Battey, left, passes the ball as Utah forward Mikael Jantunen defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Colorado guard Daylen Kountz, right, drives to the basket as Utah guard Alfonso Plummer, left, and forward Riley Battin defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado forward Evan Battey, front, drives to the basket as Utah center Branden Carlson defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Colorado head coach Tad Boyle directs his team against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV reacts after hitting a three-point basket against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah center Lahat Thioune, back, wrestles away a rebound from Colorado forward Evan Battey, front right, as Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV, left, looks on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah forward Timmy Allen, left, passes the ball under defensive pressure from Colorado guard Tyler Bey, back, and guard McKinley Wright IV in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP Utah center Lahat Thioune, center, fights for control of a rebound with Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV, left, and forward Evan Battey in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah forward Timmy Allen, left, passes the ball under defensive pressure from Colorado guard Tyler Bey, back, and guard McKinley Wright IV in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado guard D’Shawn Schwartz, front, looks to pass the ball as Utah forward Timmy Allen defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah forward Mikael Jantunen, left, looks to pass the ball as Colorado guard D’Shawn Schwartz defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah forward Riley Battin, left, prepares to go for a basket as Colorado forward Lucas Siewert and guard Maddox Daniels defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak, left, confers with center Lahat Thioune who returns to the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak calls for a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah guard Rylan Jones, left, passes the ball under defensive pressure from Colorado guard D’Shawn Schwartz in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP Utah center Lahat Thioune, back, wrestles away a rebound from Colorado forward Evan Battey, front right, as Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV, left, looks on in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP Utah forward Timmy Allen, center, goes up for a basket between Colorado guards D’Shawn Schwartz, back, and Tyler Bey in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo.center_img Utah forward Riley Battin, left, prepares to go for a basket as Colorado forward Lucas Siewert and guard Maddox Daniels defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah guard Rylan Jones, left, passes the ball under defensive pressure from Colorado guard D’Shawn Schwartz in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Grid View Colorado forward Evan Battey, left, passes the ball as Utah forward Mikael Jantunen defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado guard Eli Parquet, right, drives to the basket past Utah forward Mikael Jantunen in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado guard Tyler Bey, top, hangs from the rim after dunking over Utah forward Timmy Allen in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP Colorado guard Eli Parquet, right, drives to the basket past Utah forward Mikael Jantunen in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Despite the loss, it was satisfying for Reininger because he’s from Monument, Colorado and he had family and friends on hand. “It’s always a hard gym to play in, because it’s so intense, but it’s fun to play in front of family and friends,” he said. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to play.” Reininger ended up playing 11 minutes on the night with a 3-point basket and 1-of-3 from the free throw line and four rebounds. He also made a nice screen when he first entered the game, something his coach took notice of. Colorado guard Tyler Bey, center, pulls in a rebound between Utah center Lahat Thioune, left, and forward Timmy Allen in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Utah forward Mikael Jantunen, left, looks to pass the ball as Colorado guard D’Shawn Schwartz defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP BOULDER — During his first three years on the Utah basketball team, Marc Reininger only got into games at the end of blowouts for a couple of minutes at a time. He has been a valuable practice player for the Utes, but this year, as the only senior on the team, he had not played all season because of a serious ankle injury he suffered in July.However, midway through the first half of Sunday’s game against Colorado, Reininger was inserted into the game at the center position and he played his longest stretch of his career, getting four points and four rebounds in eight first-half minutes. He’s only been practicing for two weeks, but he said coach Larry Krystkowiak told him to be ready to play Sunday.“It’s good to be back,” said the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder. “I’m glad the coach put me in and believed in me. I’ve kind of accepted my role in making my team better. Coach puts me in to be physical and rebound, we need that as much as we can get it.” David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Colorado guard D’Shawn Schwartz, front, looks to pass the ball as Utah forward Timmy Allen defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah center Lahat Thioune, center, fights for control of a rebound with Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV, left, and forward Evan Battey in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. David Zalubowski, AP David Zalubowski, AP Colorado guard Daylen Kountz, right, drives to the basket as Utah guard Alfonso Plummer, left, and forward Riley Battin defend in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak, left, confers with center Lahat Thioune who returns to the bench in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Colorado, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado guard McKinley Wright IV reacts after hitting a three-point basket against Utah in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Colorado forward Evan Battey, front, drives to the basket as Utah center Branden Carlson defends in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo. Utah forward Timmy Allen, center, goes up for a basket between Colorado guards D’Shawn Schwartz, back, and Tyler Bey in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020, in Boulder, Colo.last_img

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