GREEN RIVER -- The Moffat County Bulldogs were outscored, 24-17, in the fourth quarter -- in large part due to free throw shooting -- to fall to Jackson Hole,Wyo., 78-74, on the first day of the 2006 Great Western Auto-plex Flaming Gorge Classic in Green River, Wyo. Thursday.
Moffat County went on an 8-0 run early in the third quarter to gain control of the roller-coaster contest.
Mike Peters of the Bulldogs knocked down a three-point shot and teammate Clark Cleverly followed with a three-point play.
Peters capped the run that gave Moffat County a 47-38 lead with a steal and a lay-up.
Jackson Hole, with its two 6-foot-6 and one 6-foot-5 centers, were able to bang on the Bulldogs down low and closed the deficit to 56-53 at the end of the third quarter.
The Broncs went ahead in the fourth quarter because of their free-throw shooting, making 18 of 21 attempts in the final period.
James Hayden was accurate down the stretch hitting seven of eight free throws and scoring 11 of his teams points during the final eight minutes.
Sam Hayden was equally hot as he made five of six free throws in the fourth quarter, and 10 of 13 overall.
The Hayden boys led Jackson Hole in scoring as Sam racked up a game high 35 points and James added 18.
Moffat County was paced by Eli Buckner, who hit five 3-pointers in a 20-point effort.
Cleverly added 13 points, J.T. Haddan had 12 points, and Peters, 11 points.
Moffat County faces Mountain View, Wyo., today at 3:45 p.m.