MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Dylon Camilletti — 9
• Colby Haddan — 8
• Zach Raftopoulos — 7
Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s Friday game against Steamboat Springs:
(1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4tth — final)
Moffat — 4 — 2 — 7 — 14 — 27
Steambt. — 7 — 12 — 20 — 7 — 46
Missing two key post players, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team had a hard time scoring Friday against Steamboat Springs.
With seniors Angelo Raftopoulos (knee) and Brady Conner (ankle) sidelined, the Bulldogs had to insert junior varsity players to fill the void.
The offense never got going and a big third quarter by the Sailors crushed any hopes of a comeback as Steamboat swept the season series with a 46-27 victory.
Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said the chemistry never was quite right in the game.
“We had to run our offense with younger kids and they could never work the chemistry out with the older guys,” he said. “In the second half, we ran a more simple pick-and-roll offense, but it was too late.
“Our motion sets just weren’t effective early on.”
Bradshaw said the Sailors (14-8 overall, 10-2 Western Slope League) are a good team, but the lack of a post game hurt the Bulldogs (2-20 overall, 1-11 WSL).
Raftopoulos was sidelined before the Glenwood Springs game Tuesday and Conner was set to start Friday.
However, Conner broke his ankle earlier in the day, and Bradshaw said Steamboat took advantage and was able to slam them in the post.
The Bulldogs scored just six points in the first half, but only trailed 19-6 at halftime.
“Our defense was in good shape,” Bradshaw said. “Usually, if we hold Steamboat to 19 points, we have a great shot, but our offense never really got going.”
Senior Dylon Camilletti led the Bulldogs offensively with nine points and junior Colby Haddan added eight.
Having no players in double digits combined with the Sailors 20-point third quarter was too much to overcome, Bradshaw said.
Defensively, however, Bradshaw said he liked what he saw from his team.
“We had good rotation and good help defense,” he said. “We knew that (Steamboat’s) guards were their strengths and we played to that.”
While this wasn’t the way he anticipated his first season as head coach going, Bradshaw said he saw his team improve on the second go around through the WSL.
“The second half of our league play, we played our opponents tighter,” he said. “Injuries really affected us against Glenwood and Steamboat, but they showed improvement.”
After a disappointing season, Bradshaw said his team could start building toward next year.
Junior Andrew Browning and sophomore Tyler Hildebrandt, who primarily played on the junior varsity team, were able to get valuable varsity minutes Friday, Bradshaw said.
“We got cohesion and togetherness from this season,” he said. “We can’t look back, and have to work together this offseason to move forward.”
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