The Moffat County boys basketball team stuck with Gleenwood Springs for a half during its last showing. This time, Bulldog coach Scott Parker wants his team to play with the Demons until the final buzzer.
The Bulldogs, 4-9 on the season, 2-4 in the Western Slope, head to Glenwood Springs on Friday for their second match-up this season. In their first game, the Demons beat the Bulldogs, 66-49.
"In the third quarter, they were more consistent on offense and defense than we were," Parker said. "We were tied and they gradually pulled away."
Better ball movement, defense at hoopside and better rebounding are on Parker's to-do list.
"We've been working really hard on doing the little things more consistently," he said. "It's just the fundamental things we need to do better."
The latter two Parker emphasized the most.
"They've got a bunch of big kids, and we can't let them have several shot opportunities," he said.
And all this, while possibly down a couple players.
As of Tuesday, Parker wasn't sure whether Eli Buckner or Andrew Magas would be healthy enough to play Friday.
Magas' shoulder problem continues to plague him, while Buckner hurt his ankle during the Bulldogs' victory against Battle Mountain at Moffat County High School.
"That having been said, we're going to have some other guys step up and fill their shoes," Parker said.