After three-point loss to the Steamboat Springs Sailors Friday, the Moffat County High School (MCHS) varsity basketball team held a meeting between players and coaches. The four-game losing streak had to end.
It worked, and on Saturday the Bulldogs put everything together to top the Roaring Fork Rams, 67-45.
"We kind of had a little meeting after the Steamboat Springs game with the kids and we talked about what needed to be different," said Bulldogs coach Blaine Corlett. "I thought that was a good learning experience for the kids and everybody. They took that with them into Saturday night and put that into motion."
As could be expected, the players didn't enjoy the losing trend.
"We were on a four-game losing streak and that wasn't too good," said senior Justin Magnuson. "It was a tough loss Friday against Steamboat Springs, but we came back and played hard on Saturday."
According to Magnuson, if the Bulldogs play four quarters of basketball the team will be in every game.
"On Saturday we had more defensive intensity," said Magnuson. "In the final two quarters against Steamboat Springs our defense intensity dropped down and on Saturday night it was there the whole time. We just need to turn that over for the rest of the year."
At 7:30 p.m. Friday on the road against the Glenwood Springs Demons, the Bulldogs, at 4-5 on the season and 0-1 in league play, want to start a streak in the win column by getting the first win in conference action. The freshmen begin the day at 4:30 p.m. followed by the junior varsity game at 6 p.m.
"We hope that we are out of the rut that we were in," said Corlett. "Glenwood Springs has three real good guards and we match up fairly well against them. We just need to play our style of basketball."
According to Corlett, winning a road league game is vital to the success the Bulldogs will have this season.
"You want to win all your league home games. If you could steal a couple on the road and go 5-3 or 6-2 that is what is going to take to win the league this year," said Corlett. "Last year we won all our home games and beat Steamboat Springs on the road and we won the league. It's critical that you win on the road."
After nine games, senior Adam Peer tops the team in scoring with 12 points per game (ppg). Junior Jeff Gaylord is next at 11.3 ppg, followed by junior Kevin Voorhees at 9.4, Magnuson is at 7.7 ppg, junior Mark Turner is at 6.4 ppg and senior Eric Duran is at 6.0 ppg.
Saturday the Bulldogs travel to Roosevelt, Utah, to play the Union Cougars in a non-league contest. Tip off for the varsity team is set for 6 p.m. The freshmen will play at 1 p.m. and the junior varsity team will go at 2:30 p.m.
"Union is tough," said Corlett. "They were third in the state last year. We played them into overtime last year at home. We are hoping that we will start to come together."
The freshmen team team goes into the weekend with a four-game winning streak and stands at 5-3.
"We played Steamboat Springs last Tuesday and we beat them 49-35," said freshmen coach Tom Dockstader. "This weekend we will need to play a lot better defense and with that the offense comes and the wins."