The eighth grade Bullpups B team met their match when Rangely came to Craig Middle School gym Saturday morning and beat the Pups 44-19 in their final game of the season.
"The kids played their best," coach Burk Wynkoop said. "They got beat by a better team. The defense played well, but it is hard tying to stop a team who is shooting well."
The Pups struggled underneath with their rebounding as Rangely controlled the boards at both ends of the court with their height advantage.
"Rangely out rebounded us two to one in the game," Wynkoop said. "They had the taller kids and had a 3 to 4 inch height advantage. Rangely was beating us on the offensive boards, they were picking up missed shots and putting it back for an easy two points."
Wynkoop said the Bullpups didn't press Rangely like they had in the first game.
"They knew how to break the press and we got hammered," Wynkoop said. "So we didn't use it this time."
Despite their troubles on defence, the offense played well. The boys passed the ball well and found the open man, but then missed the shot and Rangely would get the rebound, Wynkoop said.
"We didn't get too many second shots," he added.
Rangely led most of the game by 10 or more points. Even though the Pups fell to Rangely, the team refused to concede.
"No kid gave up, they played hard and tough," Wynkoop said. "Their five best beat our five best and that's that."
The eighth grade Bullpups A team faced Rangely's eighth grade A team in the second game at the CMS gym on Saturday. Despite a hard-fought game, the Bullpups fell 53-32.
"I'm not disappointed in their performance," Wynkoop said. "They played a good game."
The Bullpups struggled though the first half unable to land most of their shots.
"We'd find the open man," Wynkoop said. "But miss the shot."
Rangely moved the ball around and found the open man either inside or outside. Their big guys also controlled underneath on both ends.
"This height advantage again beat us on the boards," Wynkoop said.
The Bullpups trailed at half time 32-14.
In the second half Rangely outscored the Bullpups 21-18.
Moffat County's Daniel Tague broke Rangely's 4-0 run with an eight-foot jump shot early in the third quarter. But, Rangely made two free throws bring the score to 38-16.
"Jared Lowther had many shot blocks," Wynkoop said. "Every time we got a shot, their was hands all over the ball."
Moffat County fought back with an 8-2 run late in the third quarter making the score 46-24 but it wasn't enough for a fourth quarter come back. The game ended 53-32 in Rangely's favor.
The Pups will be working on the basic fundamentals next week like shooting, offensive and defensive rebounding in preparation for districts.
"We will work on plays no one has seen this season," Wynkoop said. "We can beat anyone in districts if we play our best games."
The season is over for the B team. The A team will play in the District Tournament at 9 a.m., Saturdayat Craig Middle School gym.