Loughran boasts double-digit game

PALISADE -- The top two scorers in the Western Slope Conference are Glenwood Spring's Sean Flohr and Moffat County's Anthony Loughran. Loughran may have lost the scoring title, but he would rather take his team's 3-0 record against the Demons.

"I don't feel like it was a contest against him to see who could score the most when we played," Loughran said. "Getting my team the win was the most important to me and we're 6-0 against him the last two years."

The WSC's Player of the Year will be announced today at halftime of the championship game of the district tournament. While the voting has already taken place, both stars showed why they were at the top of the ballot Friday night.

Flohr scored 23 and was the only Demon in double figures while Loughran had a double-double with 24 points and 15 rebounds. The Bulldogs won 70-55.

"I'm not going to be fair because he's my player but I thought Anthony played better," Bulldog's coach Mike LeWarne said. "What matters is we got the 'W.'"

The Demons were 0-of-10 from beyond the 3-point line in the first half and the Bulldogs took advantage. Moffat County's Kevin Loughran scored the team's first seven points and the Bulldogs went into the half leading 25-18.

Flohr hit his team's first trey a minute into the half and the Demons almost immediately caught a spark. Behind some better shooting and a 3-2 zone that caused six consecutive turnovers, the Demons got the score to 42-40 with 1:55 left in the third.

Moffat County's Derek Duran hit a 3-pointer with 1:25 left in the quarter to open the lead back up to 46-40 and the Bulldogs didn't look back.

Three Demon players fouled out in the fourth quarter and Moffat County led Glenwood by 11 to open up the game.

In the end Moffat County had 50 rebounds, nine of which were by senior Georgie Raftopoulos.

"I really thought Georgie had one of his best games of the year," LeWarne said. "He was all over the boards."

Glenwood provided plenty of rebounding opportunities for the Bulldogs, shooting 20-of-53 from the field.

Duran had one more 3-pointer than the Glenwood team with four and he scored 17 points overall. Kevin Loughran struggled with foul trouble most of the game but was effective for 14 points when he was in.

Moffat County will face Montrose at 12:45 p.m. today at Fruita Monument for a chance to continue its season at least one more game. The winner will get a game in the regional tournament next week.

David Pressgrove can be reached at 970-824-7031 Ext. 211 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com

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