Bulldogs stumble in Battle Mountain


It was a case of coming out flat, and getting tired early in coach Blaine Corlett's opinion.

The Bulldogs overcame a 42-34 point first half score to tie the Battle Mountain Huskies in the third quarter, only to give it up once again in the fourth.

The Bulldogs lost their first meeting with the Huskies 81-71.

"We let them come out too strong on us early in the game, and after we got close and tied them in the third, we got tired," Corlett said. "One of the factors that played into the game was we played Thursday night, and Battle Mountain didn't."

The Bulldogs came out and shot two 17 point quarters to start the game, while letting the Huskies (10-3) run up 42 points.

Renewed in the third, the Bulldogs (8-6) outscored the Huskies 19-18, but in the fourth allowed the Huskies to outscore them 21-18.

The leading scorer for the Bulldogs was sophomore Anthony Loughran, who shot his season high 19 points. He was followed by seniors Mike Charchalis and Kyle Hazelwood, who scored 18 apiece.

The Huskies put four players in double digits, with Josh Henery leading the team with 28 points.

Hope is not lost for top of the conference honors in the Bulldogs' camp, and with the way the WSC is playing out, it is evident why.

After being beaten by the Bulldogs Thursday, Steamboat Spring (9-5) came back to beat Battle Mountain Saturday.

The lead in the WSC was then taken Saturday, when the Delta Panthers (7-6) beat the Rifle Bears (8-5) giving the Panthers a two game lead on the rest of the conference.

"The conference is playing out like everyone thought it would," Corlett said. "And it will all be determined by who can finish the season the strongest."

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