Bulldogs hoopster hold off Panthers late in game

With a 14-point lead heading into the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs were feeling safe.

Despite their lead, they were forced to hang on in the final minutes against Delta Saturday afternoon at Moffat County High School.

Delta (8-9) scored 24 points in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough as the Dogs held on for a 69-61 win.

The last-minute efforts of senior point guard Kyle Hazelwood and junior forward Anthony Loughran kept the Bulldogs hopes alive.

Loughran and Hazelwood both sunk two free throws and Loughran had two steals in the last minute.

The duo was the 'Dogs top scorers, with Hazelwood scoring a season-high 31 points, and Loughran 16.

"We played three dominant quarters of basketball and let up in the fourth," coach Blaine Corlett said. "Delta came out more aggressive on defense, got our offense out of sync, and started scoring when they had the ball."

The Bulldogs played a zone defense throughout the game, which helped them retain possession of the ball.

The Bulldogs started to open the gap with three, 3-point baskets by junior Pablo Loya, who ended the afternoon with 12 points.

The 'Dogs lead 31-22 at the half, and kept drawing away with a nearly unstoppable performance by Hazelwood, who went on a 13-point scoring run in the third quarter.

"After this weekend's win we should be sitting in the third or fourth position in conference," Corlett said. "We just have to take care of what we have left in front of us, and worry about our game. Right now I think this team is starting to hit its stride."

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