A full court press by Eagle Valley caused numerous turnovers for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team in a 55-43 loss Friday. While the defense has improved, head coach David Bradshaw said the offense isn’t quite where they need to be.

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A full court press by Eagle Valley caused numerous turnovers for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team in a 55-43 loss Friday. While the defense has improved, head coach David Bradshaw said the offense isn’t quite where they need to be.

Turnovers cost MCHS boys in 55-43 loss

If you go

What: Moffat County Bulldogs vs. Battle Mountain Huskies

When: 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Moffat County High School, 900 Finley Lane

Ticket info: $4 for students, $5 for adults

A solid defensive effort combined with a turnover-prone offense saw the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team drop their eighth-straight game Friday night.

In their second league game, the Bulldogs lost to Eagle Valley High School, 55-43.

Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said the defensive played a good game by trying different styles.

“We tried to mix things up against Eagle Valley,” Bradshaw said. “We did a full court press, which worked well.”

What cost the team the game, however, were the turnovers.

“They ran a full court press as well and we tried to anticipate and just had too many turnovers,” Bradshaw said. “That is why we lost.”

While Bradshaw said the defense has stepped up lately, he said the offense is not quite up to par.

The team shot about 30 percent from the field Friday night.

“The pressure got to us,” Bradshaw said. “We tried to do too much.”

Bradshaw said when the Bulldogs were patient and moved the ball, they had some shots inside and some good looks.

“We need a full 32 minutes of effort,” he said. “If we can get consistency, we can compete.”

With consistency, comes taking care of the ball, Bradshaw said.

Averaging around 28 to 29 turnovers per game, Bradshaw said the Bulldogs would need to lower that stat before the victories will come.

“If we can get our turnovers down to around 15 to 19 per game, we will have success,” he said. “With too many turnovers, it is tough to get the W’s.”

Junior Colby Haddan led the team with 12 points while Dylon Camilletti added 11 points for the Bulldogs.

Junior Jacob Scroggs added eight points for MCHS, a great contribution off the bench, Bradshaw said.

The Bulldogs (1-11 overall, 0-2 Western Slope) will host Battle Mountain High School at 5:30 p.m. today.

Bradshaw said his team will see a similar style to Eagle Valley, with more of an emphasis on quantity of shots and not quality.

“Battle Mountain is a transition team, and if we can stop that, we should have success,” he said.

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