Taft Cleverly, a Moffat County High School sophomore guard, dribbles past a Denver North defender Saturday during the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School. The MCHS boys varsity basketball team went winless in the tournament.

Photo by Joshua Gordon

Taft Cleverly, a Moffat County High School sophomore guard, dribbles past a Denver North defender Saturday during the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School. The MCHS boys varsity basketball team went winless in the tournament.

MCHS boys basketball team goes 0-3 in Black Canyon Classic

Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Saturday against Olathe High School in the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 11 — 4 — 10 — 11 — 36

• Olathe — 11 — 15 — 13 — 14 — 53

MCHS leading scorers:

• Andy Browning — 10

• Colby Haddan — 8

• Jacob Scroggs — 6

Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Saturday against Denver North High School in the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School:

(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)

• Moffat County — 9 — 21 — 7 — 19 — 56

• Denver North — 9 — 11 — 21 — 21 — 62

MCHS leading scorers:

• Andy Browning — 13

• Braeden Sullivan — 13

• Colby Haddan — 9

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team seemed to buck the trend of poor second-quarter performances with 21 points in the period Saturday against Denver North.

The Bulldogs headed into halftime of their third game of the Black Canyon Classic at Montrose High School leading 30-20.

But, MCHS couldn’t stop the Vikings dribble penetration in the second half, allowing 42 points in the last two quarters of a 62-56 loss.

The defeat sent the Bulldogs home with an 0-3 record for the weekend after also falling to Olathe High School, 53-36, earlier Saturday.

“We got away from what was working,” head coach Eric Hamilton said of the second half against Denver North. “We can’t seem to finish games working as a team, and I guess that is only going to come by playing a lot of games together.”

The Bulldogs (1-5) took an early 9-3 lead in the first quarter, but Denver North scored six straight to head into the second quarter tied 9-9.

In the second quarter, however, MCHS capitalized on Denver North’s mistakes, whether it was missed shots or turnovers.

Six different Bulldogs scored in the second quarter.

The Bulldogs started freshman Joe Camilletti at point guard for the first time this season, a move Hamilton said was to try and get more scoring from the perimeter.

Camilletti scored six points.

“We wanted to try to move Taft (Cleverly) to the two-guard and get more looks for him,” Hamilton said. “Joe played well and our starting five is definitely not set for the season.”

In the second half, it was Denver North’s LaPhonso Salas who took over the game.

“In the second half, (Salas) hurt us,” Hamilton said. “He made plays and he inspired his offense and made a lot of good plays.”

The Vikings opened the third quarter with a 12-3 run and led 41-37 entering the final quarter.

Senior Braeden Sullivan hit a free throw with just over 5 minutes left to play to pull his team within one, 47-46, but Denver North never let up on offense and never gave back the lead.

Against Olathe, the game was knotted up at 11 after the first quarter, but Hamilton said his team was never in sync.

“We didn’t play well at all and it was probably our worst game so far,” he said of the Olathe game. “We had a huge let up after the first quarter and we just couldn’t get anything going.”

Senior Andy Browning led the Bulldogs against Olathe with 10 points and fellow senior Colby Haddan added eight points.

Browning and Sullivan both scored 13 points against Denver North to lead MCHS.

The Bulldogs have a break for the holidays before traveling Jan. 5 to Central Grand Junction.

Hamilton said what the team does on the break will be huge for the rest of the season.

“We need to stay upbeat and believe in what we want to do,” he said. “If the guys come ready to work, we can still get things going and be competitive in

our league.”

Joshua Gordon can be reached at 875-1795 or joshgordon@craigdailypress.com.

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