MCHS boys pull away in second half to beat Meeker

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Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Mike LeWarne isn't 100 percent sure what athletes did during their two weeks off over Christmas Break.

But after they beat Meeker 73-46 in their first game back, he isn't complaining too much.

"I thought our decision making was a lot better than before the break," he said.

"We had smarter shot selections and showed more patience."

The 4A Bulldogs defeated their second straight 2A opponent and improved their record to 5-2.

"Meeker started a lineup of 6'5", 6'4", 6'4" so it wasn't going to be an easy one for us," LeWarne said.

"But we really played good post defense and that made a difference in the win."

In the first half, the Cowboys kept it close with a couple of three pointers and were within five points of the Bulldogs in the closing seconds. MCHS freshman Derek Duran hit a three pointer at the buzzer to put his team up by eight, 33-25.

The Bulldogs broke the game open in the third quarter, outscoring the home team 22-7, leaving the Cowboys in the dust.

MCHS had four players in double figures for the first time in the season. Junior Anthony Loughran led the team with 23 points, senior Joe Padon had 12, senior Pablo Loya scored 10. The pleasant surprise of the game for the Bulldogs was 14 points from senior Brian Skowronski, who returned for the first time in four games from an ankle injury.

"Brian really let the game come to him," LeWarne said.

"Often, when players return from being out, they want to make it all up in one game, but he took the shots he needed to and it was good to have him back."

Overall, LeWarne said he was happy with the progress of his team.

"Guys are starting to understand their roles," he said.

"They're recognizing who has the hot hand or the mismatch and the offense is starting to gel."

The Bulldogs now have a week to prepare for their Western Slope Conference opener in Battle Mountain on Saturday.

"This is a big week for us in practice," LeWarne said.

"We need to get our conditioning back and get our roster set more for who will play JV and varsity the rest of the season."


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

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