Led by a three-guard attack, the Rifle Bears raced out to a 20-4 first quarter lead and never looked back in a Saturday night win against Moffat County High School on the Bulldogs' home floor.
The Bears (7-8 overall, 4-5 in Western Slope) earned their fourth league win by downing the Bulldogs, 72-56.
Junior guards Scott Rust and Zach Witmore, and freshmen guard Tyler Rust each notched double figures and combined to score 54 points.
Rifle jumped out to an early 13-2 lead before a Moffat County basket cut the margin to nine. That was as close as the Bulldogs would get. Rifle went on another run, opening up a 16-point lead at the end of the first.
At halftime, Moffat County trailed, 37-13.
The Bulldogs (4-11, 2-6) couldn't find a consistent offensive rhythm and had difficulty taking advantage of their smaller opponent throughout the game. Though they cut their halftime deficit by three, they were still down 21 points heading into the fourth quarter.
Nine Bulldogs scored in the ballgame.
Junior guard Clark Cleverly led the offense, scoring 11 points before fouling out with 5:43 to play in the fourth. A second starter, sophomore guard Mike Peters, fouled out three minutes later.
Scott Rust led Rifle in scoring with 25 points. Whitmore chipped in with 19 off the bench, and Tyler Rust added another 10 points. Nine Rifle players scored in the game.
The Bulldogs starting front line -- juniors J.T. Haddan and Eli Buckner and senior Evan Hertzog -- combined to score 25 points.
Next up for the Bulldogs are road games against Palisade (Friday at 7:30 p.m.) and Delta (Saturday at 5:30 p.m.)
Joshua Roberts can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210, or firstname.lastname@example.org.