Daily Press writer
The Moffat County High School varsity boys basketball team can prepared Friday evening and won 76-54 against Rangely.
The Bulldogs broke the game open with a 18-2 run to start the fourth quarter and went ahead 67-48.
The Bulldogs guard Kevin Voorhees ended the third quarter with a base line layup giving his team a slim 49-46 lead.
Mike Charchalis started the 18-2 the run with a layup early in the fourth and followed by Voorhees jumper at the 7:10 mark pulling ahead of Rangely 53-46.
Jarrod Burns and Voorhees hit back to back trays to finish the run.
Voorhees again hits two more buckets, which put the game away 71-48. The Bulldogs added five points in the last minute to win 76-54.
"We came out flat," senior Jeff Gaylord said. "We started to pick it up late in the third quarter to the end. We play our kind of game, fast break and take it to the bucket."
"I thought we played well for three quarters, but the intensity wore off in the fourth," Rangely's Head Coach Mark Tracy said. "We are playing with six guys because of injuries. We lost our starting center, forward and guard to injuries this season. They should be back in January."
"Craig played good team defense, good boards and had good shot selection," he added.
In the fourth quarter Rangely didn't take care of the ball and made too many turnovers.
"The turnovers killed us," Tracy said. "We had several unforced turnovers in the last six minutes."
It didn't take long for the Bulldogs junior varsity boys basketball team to established a 57-45 win against Rangely.
"We won our first game." coach Joe Maneotis said. "After going 0-4, we got the monkey off our back."
The 'Dogs came out strong from the tip off and quickly took a 23-8 lead with 4:56 left in the first half.
Jeff Gibson hit a tray, with 3:35 left, which gave the Bulldogs a 26-10 lead.
The Bulldogs went on 13-8 run with five minutes remaining before halftime. Moffat County took a 36-16 lead to the locker room.
The Bulldogs came out shooting in the third quarter and a 39-16 lead with a ten foot jumper from Pablo Loya.
Rangely went on 5-0 run late in the fourth, but it wasn't enough, they were still down 51-38 with two minutes left in the game.
Moffat County 's defense held together for the remaining two minutes and won their first of the year 57-45.
"The team worked hard," Maneotis said. "We had a balance attack and everybody scored except one player."
"I thought Craig's defense played great," Rangely's coach Jim Blennis said. " We couldn't handle their full and half court pressure and that created poor shot selection for us."
"The kids stepped it up," coach said, "We are down three post men because injuries two in the last week."
The Bulldogs lost players like David Ridenour, knee, his return this season is questionable. Jeff Bugay, knee, is out for the year, and Jeff Gibson, knee, should be playing in January, according to Maneotis.
"The team is doing better," he added. "And fundamentally coming along."
The freshmen Bulldogs won the first game of the night against Rangely beating the Panthers 66-25.
"I thought the team was aggressive on defense, which made our offense better," coach Tom Dockstader said.
The Bulldogs played a great first half and went into the locker room with a 23-6 lead.
Moffat County was rolling in the third quarter and out scored the Panthers 30-6 and took a 53-12 lead.
"We went to a full court and half court presses in the second half," Dockstader said. "And we scored a lot of points on fast breaks and turnovers."
The Panther ran a two-three zone and it wasn't tight enough, which left the middle open for us, Dockstader said. We scored a lot points from the inside, he added.