That the Moffat County boys varsity basketball team had improved was apparent in its final game of the Gold Crown Camp Tournament.
The Bulldogs opened up a 31-12 lead against a team from Lincoln High School. They went on to defeat the Lancers by 12 points to win the championship game of its four-team bracket Sunday.
"We played our best basketball of the summer in the last game," senior-to-be Justin Kawcak said. "Our offense seemed to click."
Moffat was one second away from a three-way tie for first in its pool, but Pueblo Central hit a buzzer beater Saturday to put the Bulldogs at 3-3 in pool play.
Moffat defeated Salina, Kan., Denver Christian and Adams City in pool play. They defeated Frederick in the semifinals of bracket play. The Bulldogs lost to eventual camp champion Ravenna, Neb., and runner-up Charles City, Iowa, in addition to Pueblo Central.
The camp consisted of teams from 16 states, and there were five divisions of tournaments. The Bulldogs were in the 1B Division, the division for the second largest schools at the camp.
"This gave us a chance for a solid weekend of games," coach Scott Parker said. "It was something we needed for the end of our summer play."
Kawcak said he thought the team's versatility was one of it's best strengths in the tournament.
"We aren't limited to where we can play because we are versatile," he said. "It helps with the rebounding."
The Bulldogs controlled the boards against a much taller Lincoln team Saturday.
"We played against quick and tall teams this week," Parker said. "I thought they adjusted well to those different teams."
Overall, Parker was pleased with the team's progress from the first tournament in Pueblo to the tournament to the Gold Crown camp and tournament.
"I think they have a good grasp of what they're going to do this next year," he said. "We've established a good transition game."
The JV team cleaned during its camp. It finished 7-1, and defeated Sierra Grande, N.M., in the championship game of its tournament. The JV team was in Division III, which included JV teams and small school varsity teams.