Wyoming woes

Bulldogs end tournament, 0-3

Three losses.

That's what the Moffat County boys' basketball team came away with during the Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament in Green River, Wyo. during the weekend.

Saturday's 76-61 loss to Riverton, Wyo. began flat and ended flat for the Bulldogs.

Senior Kaleb McKey said the Bulldogs were down 19 at one point and came back to take a three-point lead, but a 17-0 run by Riverton to start the fourth quarter put the Bulldogs on their heels.

McKey said Moffat County was never able to recover. He said that the biggest frustration for the team was its inability to play 32 minutes of solid basketball.

"We'd have a stretch where we'd be good and then a stretch where we weren't good," McKey said. "It's evident we need to work on our defensive transition."

Bulldog coach Scott Parker had similar sentiments.

"Our transition 'D' wasn't good all weekend," Parker said. "We had three transition opportunities and didn't capitalize on them, and we missed shots."

Parker said his team lived up to the old adage, 'if it can go wrong, it will,' and when Riverton made the fourth-quarter run, the Bulldogs couldn't revive themselves.

Parker said another problem this weekend was senior Andrew Magas was missing from the lineup.

Magas is out with an undisclosed injury until after Christ-mas. Parker said that his lack of size on the floor is a void that needs to be filled quickly.

"We've got to have someone step up defensively and fill the void that Andrew left," Parker said.

McKey said the team still is confident in its ability to win games, and that playing against good teams will only help them once league play rolls around.

"It's tough to go on the road and play three days and three games in a row," McKey said. "But Parker reminded us last night that we could be playing a schedule like Glenwood Springs and be 3-1."

Glenwood Springs has faced two class 4A schools, one 3A school and one 5A school in non-conference action, and posted a 3-1 record. Their most recent game was a one-point decision over Rock Canyon High School, 55-54.

The Demons have faced only one ranked team in the state.

The Bulldogs met two state-ranked opponents at the Flaming Gorge Classic, Jackson Hole and Mountain View.

McKey said the Bulldogs have the pieces of the puzzle, and now it's just a matter of finding where those pieces fit.

"Losing is always frustrating," McKey said. "But I think the chemistry is there, and all the pieces are there. It's just a matter of execution."

The Bulldogs will get another chance to reassemble in Alamosa on Thursday at the SLV Holiday Classic Shootout on the Adams State Campus.


Melanie McDaniels can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 211, or mmcdaniels@craigdailypress.com.

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