Rifle Scott Rust and Drew Blatchford keyed a third-quarter scoring surge that broke open a close game and helped the Rifle boys basketball team to a 73-60 victory against visiting Moffat County on Saturday night, ending the Bulldogs' four game winning streak.
With Rifle ahead by one point at halftime, Rust opened the third quarter with a long 3-pointer from the middle of the court and Blatchford scored on a baseline drive, fueling the Bears' momentum and sending them on a 13-0 scoring run to open up a 45-31 lead.
It was a knockout punch the Bulldogs couldn't recover from.
Moffat County lead most of the first half of play. When Bulldog Mike Peters hit a layup midway through the first quarter to give his team a 19-11 lead, Rifle coach Chris Lowther called a timeout to settle his charges.
From there, the Bears slowly chipped away at the lead.
When Tyler Rust made a behind-the-back pass to teammate Keenan Ross, who scored on the Rifle fastbreak, the score was knotted at 28.
Lowther enjoyed seeing his team in high gear.
"Our first option is always to run the break," the Rifle coach said. "We just didn't defend well enough early on in the game to get things going our way."
Scott Rust led in the Rifle scoring column with 24 points, followed by Blatchford with 20.
Moffat County got 18 points from Chayton Owens. Mike Peters and Eli Buckner each helped out with 12 points.
Rifle improved to 10-7 overall and 7-2 in the 4A WSL. With the loss, Moffat dropped to 5-12 and 4-5 in league.