Craig Middle School guard Paul Laliberte elevates for a 3-pointer Thursday in Baggs. The Bulldogs (7-1) went on the road Saturday, defeating host Meeker, 35-14.

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Craig Middle School guard Paul Laliberte elevates for a 3-pointer Thursday in Baggs. The Bulldogs (7-1) went on the road Saturday, defeating host Meeker, 35-14.

Bulldogs use balanced attack to dismiss Cowboys

A team effort

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Two out of three isn't bad.

At least to Craig Middle School basketball coach David Grabowski.

Grabowski's group of hoopsters ran past host Meeker on Saturday, 35-14, behind a balanced offensive attack and a stingy defense.

Three Bulldogs scored in double digits for CMS (7-1 overall), guiding the team to back-to-back victories at the tail end of a three-consecutive-game stretch.

CMS lost, 58-35, Thursday to Little Snake River Valley in Baggs, Wyo., and then rebounded Friday to defeat visiting Soroco, 55-36.

Some of the Bulldogs said they still are stinging from Thursday's loss - a big reason the team came out strong against the Cowboys.

Meeker was held scoreless in the first quarter.

"First, we were still regretting our performance in Baggs, so we wanted to come out and get another win," Garrett Stewart said. The defense "felt a lot better than we played in Baggs."

CMS took an 8-0 lead into the second quarter, but the defense became soft in the frame, as the Bulldogs were then outscored 7-5. CMS headed into the halftime break leading by six, 13-5.

Halftime is a resting period for both teams, as well as an opportunity for coaches to adjust their game plan.

And that's what CMS skipper Grabowski did: He adjusted.

"We were staying home defensively well in that first quarter," Grabowski said. "In the second quarter, we did a poor job of running our offense, so we came back after the halftime discussion, making sure we run through our offense a little bit. They really picked it up in the third quarter."

CMS outscored the Cowboys, 12-3, in the third, and, 10-4, in the fourth, effectively ending the game with its 22-7 second-half surge.

Guard Paul Laliberte led the Bulldogs' balanced offensive attack, scoring 13 points. Tyler Hildebrandt and Garrett Buckley each chipped in with 10.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a 9 a.m. game Saturday in Rawlins, Wyo.

The eighth grade B team escaped with an overtime victory Saturday at Meeker, using a suffocating late game defense to defeat the Cowboys, 21-16.

Trailing 16-10 entering the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs held Meeker scoreless the entire final frame - as well as the extra period - pulling out the come-from-behind win.

Levi Ogden led CMS with six points.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

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