Freshman Javen Gumber contests the shot of a Gunnison player during Saturday's game in Gunnison. The Bulldogs defense stifled the Cowboys en route to a 61-51 win.

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Freshman Javen Gumber contests the shot of a Gunnison player during Saturday's game in Gunnison. The Bulldogs defense stifled the Cowboys en route to a 61-51 win.

Moffat County uses third-quarter push to beat Gunnison

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MCHS leading scorers

Vs. Gunnison

Joe Camilletti 16 points

Taft Cleverly 12

Tyler Davis 10

Heading into Moffat County’s boys basketball game against Gunnison, travel was a small concern for the Bulldogs.

After finishing Friday night in Craig against Olathe, the Bulldogs had to get to sleep and get prepared for a five-hour bus trip to Gunnison on Saturday. Sophomore Tyler Davis didn’t seem concerned about it in the week leading up to the game.

“We’ve just got to get our rest,” Davis said. “Just be ready to go when you get off the bus.”

The Bulldogs may have been affected by the quick turnover in traveling early in their game against Gunnison, but they recovered quickly. They once again delivered a strong second half to beat the Cowboys, 61-51.

Sophomore Joe Camilletti led the way with a season-high 16 points and Taft Cleverly added 12 to help the Bulldogs, who delivered a huge third quarter to turn the tide of a close game.

The Bulldogs surrendered 20 points in the first quarter and went into halftime down one, 27-26. But they utilized their trademark full-court pressure in the third quarter to take the momentum.

“They (Gunnison) were playing good,” Moffat County head coach Eric Hamilton said. “They ran a tough zone defense against us and we had to make some adjustments at halftime. In the third quarter we came out and put the press on and really took command in that quarter.”

Moffat County turned the Cowboys over repeatedly and gave them trouble on offense for the entire period, outscoring Gunnison 21-6 and creating a working margin that the Bulldogs sat on for the remainder of the game.

Hamilton said it was a complete turnaround for the Bulldogs, who may have started the game slower than normal.

“The guys were a little sluggish I think (in the first half),” Hamilton said. “But our defense just really gave them fits for awhile in that game. We had some huge minutes from a bunch of guys off the bench. It was a total team effort.”

A perfect game from the foul line (16 for 16) provided Moffat County with sorely needed points throughout the game.

With the win, MCHS improved to 6-1 on the season. The Bulldogs have established themselves as among the elite in the Western Slope League, along with Roaring Fork and Aspen.

That was the Bulldogs’ goal heading into break, Hamilton said.

“This was exactly what we wanted,” he said. “Now we’ve got five days off to get everybody reset, spend some time with family and we’ll get back to it after that.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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