Braeden Sullivan, a Moffat County High School senior, breaks around a Basalt defender Tuesday at MCHS. The boys varsity basketball team jumped to an early 21-7 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 70-58 win at home.

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Braeden Sullivan, a Moffat County High School senior, breaks around a Basalt defender Tuesday at MCHS. The boys varsity basketball team jumped to an early 21-7 lead after the first quarter and cruised to a 70-58 win at home.

MCHS boys basketball team earns second straight win

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Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Tuesday against Basalt High School:

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

• Moffat County — 21 — 14 — 19 — 16 — 70

• Basalt — 7 — 11 — 10 — 30 — 58

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Colby Haddan — 15

• Denton Taylor — 12

• Braeden Sullivan — 8

• Andy Browning — 8

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s starters didn’t see the court much Tuesday against Basalt, but made use of the time they did have.

The Bulldogs hosted the winless Basalt Longhorns in a non-league game and MCHS head coach Eric Hamilton said he wanted to make sure the younger players saw some playing time.

The starting five each scored a bucket in the opening minutes to give Moffat County a 10-0 lead and a mixture of experienced and freshmen players closed out a 70-58 victory.

The win gave the Bulldogs their first back-to-back wins of the season.

“I think we played really well defensive, team ball,” senior Colby Haddan said. “(On offense), we weren’t selfish and we made the extra pass to find the open guy.”

The final score didn’t indicate the disparities between the two teams, as the Bulldogs (5-13 overall, 2-6 Western Slope League) took a 21-7 lead after the first quarter and a 35-18 lead into halftime.

Hamilton said his starters did a good job executing goals laid out before the game.

“I wanted the guys to use this game as a tune up for the work we will have to do this weekend against league opponents,” he said. “I think they were successful and they played well as a team. They didn’t get crazy and do individual stuff, but played hard.”

Basalt fell to 0-16 on the season with Tuesday’s loss.

Haddan said the Bulldogs didn’t prepare any differently despite the Longhorns’ record.

“We went into this game like we would against any other team,” he said. “Our record is not that good either, so every win’s a good win and we wanted to play our hardest.”

Haddan led the Bulldogs with 15 points and fellow seniors Andy Browning and Braeden Sullivan each contributed eight points.

Freshman Denton Taylor scored 12 points off the bench in a game that saw five freshmen contribute offensively.

The Bulldogs ran numerous rotations with starters and freshmen involved and Haddan said the experience the younger players get playing varsity ball with him and other seniors is invaluable.

“The younger guys can learn to play team ball with us and learn to play as a unit,” he said. “It is very important for them to see varsity minutes and any time they can be on the court is great.”

Basalt scored 30 points in the fourth quarter to shrink Moffat County’s lead, using a combination of fast-break points and 3-point shots.

Hamilton said he was happy to get the freshmen playing time, but they still have room for improvement.

“I thought (the freshmen) played well in the first half and then they got a little lackadaisical in the second half,” he said. “They didn’t play very good defense in the fourth quarter, so they can definitely step it up there.

“We expect a lot out of these guys.”

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