Junior forward Mark Turner poured in 22 points and sophomore Kyle Hazelwood added 13 points to lift the Moffat County High School (MCHS) boys junior varsity basketball team past the SoRoCo Rams varsity team, 62-57, Tuesday in Craig.
According to Bulldogs coach Steve Maneotis, the two players were the difference in the game
"Mark did a great job for us on the inside. He did exactly what I wanted from the post," said Maneotis. "I felt for once that we were the stronger team. Kyle had it going from the outside and he ran the team well."
The Bulldogs moved to 6-5 on the season while Rams fell to 4-8.
"I told the guys after the game that I never felt so funny after a win," said Maneotis. "The flow just wasn't completely there tonight. However, we were in control of the game from beginning to end."
During the game both teams started off slow with the Bulldogs building a 12-8 lead after one quarter.
"One of my concerns all year has been the seven- or eight-point quarter," said Maneotis. "The 12 points were one of our lows, but in the second and third quarter we kind of set the tone."
In the second quarter both teams found their running shoes as MCHS put up 21 points while the Rams scored 18 points. At halftime it was the Bulldogs ahead, 33-26.
"I thought that we did pretty good in the second quarter," said Turner. "The first quarter was tough, but we started to get things going in the second quarter."
The highlight for the Bulldogs in the third quarter was Hazelwood, who took over from the outside. He nailed two 3-pointers and hit a jumper to help the Bulldogs take a 53-41 advantage into the final period of play.
"In the third quarter we put them away," said Maneotis. "The Rams coach seemed pretty frustrated because he was making a lot of changes in his lineup during the quarter."
In the fourth quarter, MCHS had a 59-45 lead after Turner made a pair of free throws at the 3:52 mark only to see the Rams' Noland Redmond, a senior, score eight straight points. It was a six-point game, 61-55, with 20 seconds left.
C.J. Rugh, a junior, put the game out of reach for the Bulldogs by hitting one of two free throws.
Redmond sneaked a bucket with seconds reaming to make the game a five-point win for the Bulldogs.
For the Rams, Redmond had game-high honors with 29 points. Other scorers for the Bulldogs were Mike Charchalis, a sophomore, and Chris Field, a sophomore, who each poured in eight points.