Although their record wasn’t sparkling, David Bradshaw, Moffat County High School’s new boys basketball coach, liked what he saw from his team’s first in-game action.
The team completed a June 24 to 26 camp at Western State College in Gunnison, and Bradshaw, who was named head coach in April, said he saw several positives from a team that went 6-17 last season.
“I thought we came together well,” he said. “We went 1-7, and had to play Glenwood twice.
“We lost by two in the first game, and went into overtime in the second.
“We didn’t have Angelo Raftopoulos, who is one of our key seniors. So, we didn’t have our full post.”
Paul Laliberte, who played varsity minutes as a freshman in 2009-10, was having a good camp before a shoulder injury knocked him out, Bradshaw said.
The team would have had a better record if it had a bench during the camp, Bradshaw said, as the Bulldogs played several games with only five players.
“We only had five guys including one (incoming) freshman,” he said. “Because of our numbers, we had to use him on varsity.”
In addition to having a depleted team, Bradshaw said his players are still learning his playbook.
“The system is different, and we added some new sets,” he said. “It’s tough to put it all in, but we were able to walk through it.
“We ran a base defense that worked because the effort was there.”
Without a dominant force inside, the Bulldogs stuck with the perimeter game, which is where Bradshaw said he expects the team to thrive during the season.
“Our perimeter players made some big plays,” he said. “They could turn into our playmakers, but I think every position could be our ‘Go-to’ guy.”
Although the team only won against Gunnison, Bradshaw said he was happy to be on the court.
“Overall, I thought it was a great experience,” he said. “I think we know where we are a little bit more now.”
The team will continue practicing through July.