The Moffat County Bulldogs lost to a well-prepared squad from Glenwood Springs on Friday.
From the Devils' first shot by Michael Flohr to the tough inside play of Chris Benson, it was a struggle for the Bulldogs to stay close. Moffat County lost, 63-51.
Rebounding was a key to the game, Bulldogs coach Scott Parker said. "We didn't do a good job on the boards. We got out-rebounded two to one."
The Bulldogs started cold from the tipoff, going more than four minutes before getting on the scoreboard.
J.T. Hadden finally broke inside for two points, followed quickly by a 3-pointer from Derek Ellgen.
Aggressive play by Glenwood's Tyler Thimsen kept his team ahead the entire game.
"These kids stay together," Glenwood coach Kevin Flohr said. "This is a really cool group of kids that just gets it done."
Thimsen led the Devils in scoring with 15 points. Moffat County's Jarrod Holmlund led the Bulldogs with 15 points.
"Jarrod played well," Parker said. "This is the second straight time he's been our high scorer."
Friday's loss means the Bulldogs, 11-10, are fighting for a third-place finish. "A win tonight would have locked up third place for us," Parker said. "We need to win in Rifle on Saturday now to get at least a tie for third." Saturday's game at Rifle starts at 5 p.m.