Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Thursday against Windsor High School in the Steamboat Springs Shootout:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County — 11 — 16 — 10 — 11 — 48
• Windsor — 24 — 26 — 20 — 25 — 95
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Colby Haddan — 10
• Andy Browning — 8
• Jacob Scroggs — 8
• Braeden Sullivan — 8
• Taft Cleverly — 6
The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team opened the season by taking an early 2-0 lead over Windsor High School on Thursday.
However, the early lead was the only time the Bulldogs were in the game against a superior Windsor hoops team, as MCHS fell in the opening round of the Steamboat Springs Shootout, 95-48.
“I felt we did some good things, but (Windsor) was too much, too fast and too talented,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “We did some things we can build on and the effort was there, we just couldn’t keep up with them.”
Windsor capitalized on Bulldog turnovers and used a 7-0 run in the first quarter to lead 24-11 after one.
Another run, this time 11-0, widened Windsor’s lead to 50-27 at the half.
Hamilton said the Bulldogs (0-1) tried to shutdown the inside game early, but the Wizards hit six 3-pointers in the first half.
“We tried to stop their post game by running to the basket, but then they would go outside and hit the three,” he said. “They had a lot of guys who could shoot and I’m not sure what more we could have done to stop them outside.”
The Bulldogs didn’t put their first second-half bucket in until halfway through the third quarter, in large part due to turnovers.
Hamilton said the Bulldogs’ up-tempo game was great, but it cost them the ball on occasion.
“We wanted to go after them on offense and we pushed the ball and that caused turnovers and turned into easy lay-ups for Windsor,” he said. “Our up-tempo game was decent all game and we never quit fighting, but we have some things we can work on heading into our next game.”
Senior Colby Haddan led the Bulldogs with 10 points and fellow seniors Andy Browning, Jacob Scroggs and Braeden Sullivan each had eight points.
Sophomore point guard Taft Cleverly added six points.
Scroggs said the team put in a good effort for the first game, but everyone needs to work on their passing.
“We definitely could have transitioned better and I think that would have helped us connect better with our passes,” he said. “We need to get up and down the court and make sure we defend each shot.”
When it came to shooting, Scroggs said the Bulldogs did a good job of sinking their shots, a problem MCHS had last season.
While the first game of his reign didn’t go quite as he had hoped, Hamilton said the first contest allowed the coaching staff to see how to use everyone moving forward.
The Bulldogs will play Green River High School at 3 p.m. today in hopes of advancing to the fifth- and sixth-place game on Saturday.
Green River lost to Montrose High School, 72-59, on Thursday.
Hamilton said his team would be focused and prepared for the next round.
“We talked in the locker room and we told all the guys we appreciated their effort,” he said. “It was just one game and we have a lot of basketball still to play. We can’t hang our heads and we just need to keep improving and keep fighting.”
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