Early season tournament test

Boys basketball in Green River, Wyo., for three-day tourney


The Moffat County boys basketball team faces a string of solid opponents as it heads to Green River, Wyo., on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, for the first of two pre-holiday tournaments.

The Green River tournament boasts a number of Wyoming's top teams, with the Bulldogs squaring off against two of Wyoming's top-5 teams.

"We're facing three quality opponents in three games," Bulldog coach Scott Parker said.

On Thursday afternoon, the Bull--dogs (0-0, 1-1) meet the Jack--son Broncs.

The Broncs (0-0, 2-1) are ranked No. 5 in Class 3A, according to wyopreps.com, and are shooting 72 percent from the free-throw line. During the Broncs' match-up with Wyoming's Thermopolis Bobcats, the Broncs pulled down 48 boards, 15 on an individual effort from Rob Watsabaugh.

Game 2 for the Bulldogs is against No. 4 ranked Mountain View High School (0-0, 2-2) on Friday.

The Buffaloes are averaging 70 points per game and are shooting 57 percent from inside the arc.

Top scorer for the Buffaloes is Kyle Bullinger with 25 points per game.

Moffat County's final opponent on Saturday is Riverton (0-0, 2-4). The Wolverines are coming off two hot nights at the Oil City Classic. The first game was Friday against Mountain View, when Riverton secured a 13-point victory after the Wolverines knocked down 12 three-point shots. The second victory was a 61-60 buzzer beater on Saturday against the Sheridan Broncs.

Parker is hopeful going into the tournament and thinks the Bulldogs are ready to put 32 minutes of basketball together.

Moffat County's last game, a 73-52 victory against Grand Junction Central, left the team with ideas of what it needs to work on.

"We were solid the first six minutes and the entire second half," Parker said.

Where Bulldogs weren't solid was the 10 minutes between, committing numerous turnovers and missing points from the free-throw stripe.

Parker thinks that heading to Green River to sharpen up before league play will put the Bulldogs in a position to have a successful season.

Parker said the Bulldogs have been doing two things consistently on the floor: talking and sharing.

"We're communicating defensively," Parker said. "And offensively, we're sharing the ball. If we continue to do that, I think we'll be pretty tough."

This will be the first back-to-back-to-back games for the Bulldogs, but Parker said that they need to get used to it, especially if they want to do well in the postseason.

"I like our depth, and I think it plays to our favor," Parker said. "We have a bunch of guys who have the ability to score, and we're getting (the ball) to the guys who are stepping up."

For example, Colton Conrad lit the Warriors up for 17 points during the game with Central.

The Bulldogs play their second tournament Dec. 21 to 23 in Alamosa.

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