By ELWOOD K. SHELTON
Daily Press writer
There hasn't been a first quarter this season where the Bulldogs have outscored an opponent, a trend that is making Moffat County a second-half team.
Coach Blaine Corlett said it's a mystery as to why his team is struggling so much in the first minutes of the games.
"I wish I knew," he said
A slow first quarter put the Bulldogs down by two points at halftime on Friday, but a strong second half allowed them to come back against Rangely.
The Bulldogs scored 43 points in the second half, and came back to a 64-61 win.
"We were just too physical in the first quarter with our man-to-man defense, and we fouled too much," Corlett said. "Rangely made their free throws and were able to get the jump on us. We had a hard time setting up our offense, but it's hard to transition the court when there's a man at the line."
The win against Rangely improves the Bulldogs to 2-1 on the season, and that also means they haven't lost a game since their season-opener against Aspen.
The Bulldogs opened the game by letting the Panthers roll up 16 points in the first quarter.
The team strengthened its defense in the second quarter, and was able to hold Rangely to six points.
The Bulldogs scored 10 points in the first quarter and 11 points in the second.
Despite scoring 11 points in the second quarter, the Bulldogs came out with renewed vigor, and scored 20 points in the third quarter while holding the Panthers to 12.
The scoring continued for the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter, as they added another 23 points.
The defense didn't remain as staunch as it had in the preceding quarter, allowing 27 Panther points.
"We just got so far ahead in the third and the beginning of the fourth, that we just went to sleep on them," point guard Kyle Hazelwood said. "We've just got to stay focused from beginning to end."
Hazelwood was focused when he was shooting, scoring a team high of 19 points, 12 of those from the field. Hazelwood was joined by junior Pablo Loya as one of the team's top scorers, with Loya hitting four three-pointers, and scoring a total of 18 points.
Senior Mike Charchalis and sophomore Anthony Loughran were the other two Bulldogs chipping in, as the two combined for 22 points.
"We just need to keep moving in the direction we are right now," Corlett said. "If we can head into break with the winning record, we'll come back ready to play."