Top-10 ranked Cougars take Bulldogs down

Boys basketball team suffers 64-46 loss to Evergreen

The Moffat County High School boys basketball team knew going into the game that Evergreen was a high-scoring team.

Just not this good.

"They shot the lights out," senior Anthony Loughran said. "We had a hand in their face and they shot it right back in our face."

The Evergreen Cougars couldn't miss a shot until six minutes, 10 seconds into Friday night's home game. During that span, they went eight-for-eight, including four-for-four from beyond the three-point line. Their hot shooting opened up a 20-7 lead and the Bulldogs never came any closer than eight points away the rest of the game in a 64-46 win for the Class 4A top-10 ranked Cougars.

"That was a good team having a good night," coach Mike LeWarne said. "When we made a mistake they made us pay almost every time."

Cougar coach Scott Haebe was pleased with what he saw from his team Friday, following a 39-60 loss against Dakota Ridge -- a top-five ranked team in Class 5A -- Thursday night.

"We got out and moved the ball well," he said. "We depend on our perimeter shooting a lot and tonight it was working for us."

Evergreen's top scorer, senior Nate Davey, improved his 13 point-per-game average with 21 points and senior guard Nick Fay added 16 points.

The offense for the Bulldogs showed a little more life than it did last weekend in the Virgin Valley Cactus Classic in Mesquite, Nev., where they averaged 33 points a game.

Against Evergreen, the Bulldogs were led by Loughran's 20 points and sophomore Derek Duran's 19 (five for seven from the three-point line).

"We saw some good things tonight," LeWarne said. "We worked a lot on having patience on offense this week in practice and we had that tonight."

From the other bench, Haebe said he liked his team's ability to come back and play well against a team they felt they should have beat.

"We got out and jumped on them early," he said. "This was a trip that was good for the team to travel and prepare for a relatively unknown team."

The win improved the Cougars to 3-2 and dropped the Bulldogs to 2-3.

"We've played three really good teams and Evergreen was probably the best," LeWarne said. "This schedule can only be beneficial to us in the long run."

The Bulldogs will resume play Jan. 3 in Rangely against the top-ranked team in Class 2A.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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