Bad shooting doomed the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team Monday, as the Bulldogs lost to Basalt High School, 54-41.
Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said the team wasn’t able to execute offensively.
“We didn’t get into our (offensive) sets the whole night,” Bradshaw said. “We couldn’t even set one pick.”
The Bulldogs (1-7 overall) played from behind most of the game at MCHS. They pulled within three points late in the first quarter when senior Angelo Raftopoulos was able to follow a lay-up with a successful free throw.
However, a Basalt three-pointer at the buzzer gave the Longhorns an 18-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Monday was the first game for the Bulldogs after a two-week winter break.
Coming off break, Bradshaw said, was exactly what the team looked like.
“This isn’t how the team looked like in practice this past week,” he said. “Basalt gets credit for putting on pressure, but we certainly looked like a team who came off a long break.”
Bulldogs senior Dylon Camilletti scored five straight points in the second quarter before two big fouls allowed the Longhorns to enter halftime with an 8-point lead, 30-22.
Camilletti said in the future, the Bulldogs have to strike early and often.
“It seems like every game we are playing from behind,” he said. “We need to come out hard and get up early.”
At halftime, Camilletti said the team made defensive adjustments to limit the Longhorns best player.
The strategy, however, didn’t pan out, as the Bulldogs weren’t able to put up enough points to shrink the Longhorns lead.
The Bulldogs only scored one field goal in the first five minutes of the third quarter.
Bradshaw said the team wasn’t able to take advantage of its size in the paint.
“I think we definitely had an advantage inside,” he said. “We didn’t take advantage of that and we took too many outside shots.”
Camilletti finished the game with 11 points. Raftopoulos led the Bulldogs with 14 points.
Although the team played well defensively, Bradshaw said the Bulldogs played too much with their hands and not enough with their feet.
“The defense played a hard game tonight, but they didn’t adjust to the officiating,” he said. “They were getting called for playing with their hands on defense, but they didn’t adjust.”
While other teams have a go-to guy, Bradshaw said the Bulldogs need to learn to play as a team.
“We have to have all five offensive players playing as a unit,” he said. “We need to work together to open opportunities.”
The Bulldogs are now preparing to head into Western Slope League play this weekend against Glenwood Springs.
“Every player needs to come out at the beginning of the game prepared to go,” he said. “As individuals, they need to get themselves prepared mentally.”
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