Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Mike LeWarne spent a lot of time in front of the television over his Christmas break. But instead of the traditional "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Carol," he popped a MCHS basketball game tape in the VCR.
"I wanted to see things we needed to work on as the league portion of the season approaches," LeWarne said.
One of the main problems the first-year head coach noticed was that his team still had some adjustments to make to its newly introduced motion offense.
"The motion is pass oriented and we've been using the dribble at the wrong times," he said. "So we're going to work on cuts and passes coming out of the break."
The Bulldogs finished the pre-Christmas break portion of the season 4-2 with the two losses coming in the Cactus Classic Holiday Tournament in Mesquite, Nev.
The team rejoined Thursday with two days to prepare for a 4 p.m. game Saturday in Meeker.
Meeker lost to Rangely in their first game of the season, 60-32. While the Bulldogs defeated Rangely, 69-59, LeWarne is still leery of the upset opportunities for Meeker.
"With just two days of practice to get ready, it makes it more possible that anybody can beat anybody," he said. "If we play like we can, the game should go well for us, but with the time off, we're probably not going to play as well as we did before break."
To aid in the effort to stop an upset from the Class 2A Cowboys, the Bulldogs will have the services of senior Brian Skowronski again after he missed the last four games with an ankle injury.
"I hated sitting and just watching us," said Skowronski, who started in the two games he played before being hurt.
"I'm not in very good shape because I'm winded just during the shoot around, but I'm anxious to get back in there."
With Western Slope Conference play starting next week, the Bulldogs hope to get off to a good start, but LeWarne doesn't consider the Cowboys just a warm-up for the league.
"I don't think you can consider anything just a warm-up," he said. "We'll treat it just like every game as a chance to keep improving.
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