Score by quarter from Saturday’s Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball game against Palisade:
MCHS — 8 – 2 – 9 – 17 — 36
PAL — 18 – 5 – 14 – 12 — 49
Palisade To give up just five points in one quarter is considered a quality defensive effort in basketball.
Unfortunately for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, such an effort was negated when the Bulldogs scored only two points of their own in the same quarter.
MCHS finished the first half of its game Saturday against Palisade with 10 points.
“Scoring 10 points in a half obviously killed us,” coach David Bradshaw said after his team’s 49-36 loss. “I thought we executed our defense pretty well but we were not good on the other side.”
Slow starts have been a common theme for the now 1-6 Bulldogs.
The team showed signs of life in the second half, pulling within 10 points of Palisade, but a couple of missed lay-ups kept them from getting any closer.
“We are coming out timid,” said Dylon Camilletti, an MCHS senior who scored seven of his nine points in the fourth quarter. “If we find a flow at all on offense, we are in that game.”
Junior Colby Haddan helped break MCHS out of its offensive woes in the third quarter. He broke open off several backside screens to score seven of his team-high 13 points in the third quarter.
The Bulldogs whittled the lead down in the fourth quarter and had a chance to get it to less than double digits several times. Palisade led by as many as 18 in the second half.
On the bright side, Bradshaw said he liked the progress of his players coming off the bench, like junior Jacob Scroggs and freshman Taft Cleverly.
Scroggs used his 6-foot 6-inch frame to alter several shots in the MCHS zone.
Cleverly was able to handle the pressure at point guard better than previous efforts.
“It will be great if those guys can get more confidence and contribute,” Bradshaw said. “Taft is starting to see the court better and that was the most aggressive I’ve seen Scroggs play.”
Scroggs recognized what he needs to do to keep up a similar effort.
“I have to do things right,” he said. “I felt like I was a lot more aggressive and I need to keep that up.”
Both Camilletti and Brad-
shaw said they think shots will start to drop, but first-half execution needs to improve in the second half of the season.
“We need to move better when we don’t have the basketball,” Bradshaw said. “We will work on our press attack over break.”