On Saturday, the Moffat County boys basketball team watched a team from Evanston, Wyo., play the way the Bulldogs want to play -- with an up-tempo style that involves attacking the boards and creating points in transition.
Unfortunately for the Bull--dogs, Evanston played that way at Moffat's expense, earning a 73-54 win.
"Every mistake we made, (Evanston) capitalized," Moffat coach Scott Parker said. "We lost to a quality team."
Evanston is the fourth-ranked team in the largest class of Wyoming high school basketball. The Red Devils finished the Flaming Gorge Classic 3-0 with Saturday's win.
"(Evanston) was the best team we've faced," Parker said. "At all times, they had five guys on the court who were threats on offense."
The Red Devils were led by Cain Atkinson, who scored 20 points, and Cody Ferrin, who hit three, three-pointers on his way to 17 points.
Senior Derek Duran was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs in all three games of the tournament. He finished with 12 points against Evanston. Duran averaged 19 points a game in the tournament.
Sophomore J.T. Haddan and senior Kevin Loughran finished in double-figures with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
"Evanston played like a team we want to play like," Parker said. "They scored on transition and went strong to the boards."
The Bulldogs finished the weekend 2-1 and improved their season record to 4-4.
"I believe we played up during our first eight games," Parker said. "Everybody wants to be 8-0, but I like our schedule and how it made us play stiff competition."
If Basalt hadn't defeated the Bulldogs with a last-second heave, Moffat would have lost only to teams in a larger classification in its pre-league portion of the season.
The Bulldogs received a scare Monday at practice when Loughran went down with a ankle/foot injury. The initial fear was that he had broken something, but Parker said Tuesday that he had sprained his ankle, and that the team's second-leading scorer will return after Christmas break.
Senior Jarrod Holmlund also is expected to be back after break, but Parker said he hadn't heard what Holmlund's plans are.
The Bulldogs return to action with a road trip south. Moffat starts the Western Slope League season with a game against Palisade on Dec. 6 and Delta on Dec. 7.