Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Friday against Montrose High School in the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School:
(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County: 13 — 7 — 16 — 15 — 51
• Montrose: 15 — 27 — 20 — 16 — 78
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Andy Browning — 9
• Colby Haddan — 8
• Jacob Scroggs — 7
• Tyler Davis — 6
Eric Hamilton, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s head coach, said the Bulldogs played their best quarter of the season to open Friday’s game against Montrose High School.
However in the second quarter, the team collapsed and was outscored 27-7, eventually falling, 78-51, in the opening round of the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School.
“We had nine turnovers in the first quarter, but it was still 15-13 and we had a good attack against the press,” Hamilton said. “In the second quarter, we fell apart and we had no teamwork. They switched to a man-to-man (defense) and it was just a horrible quarter.”
Hamilton said Montrose made some adjustments after the first quarter, but it was the lack of teamwork that hurt the Bulldogs (1-3).
“We got out of our offense and became individuals,” he said. “Not to take anything from Montrose, because they are a great team and made five 3-pointers in the second quarter, but we didn’t work together.”
Senior Andy Browning led the Bulldogs with nine points while fellow seniors Colby Haddan and Jacob Scroggs had eight and seven points, respectively.
Hamilton said the second half went much better, but the deficit was too big.
“At half time, we really stressed what we did in practice with working together and wanting a complete defensive effort,” he said. “We finished the game strong, so we need to take the positive from what we did.”
Offensively, Hamilton said his players were able to score on the transition against the press and when they slowed the game down in the second half.
The Bulldogs scored double-digit points in both the third and fourth quarter after the seven-point performance in the second quarter.
“We have no superstars on the team, so we need to do everything as a team,” Hamilton said. “We started strong and no one ever quit, but we missed some easy shots and we just need to keep improving our game.”
The Bulldogs play Olathe at 12:30 p.m. and Denver North at 6:30 p.m. today to wrap up the tournament.
Hamilton said the coaching staff would simplify things today to get back to where they want to be.
“We are going to cut it down to about two or three things to work on and achieve those things,” he said. “I think we have gotten better every game and we definitely have things to work on, but I want to see five guys working together for the entire game.”
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