The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team fought to keep up with Delta on Friday, but a big fourth quarter by the Panthers resulted in a 80-58 road loss for the Bulldogs. Head coach Eric Hamilton said the final score didn’t indicate how closely his team played Delta.

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team fought to keep up with Delta on Friday, but a big fourth quarter by the Panthers resulted in a 80-58 road loss for the Bulldogs. Head coach Eric Hamilton said the final score didn’t indicate how closely his team played Delta.

MCHS boys basketball team fails to slow Delta

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Box score from the MCHS boys varsity basketball team’s game Friday at Delta High School:

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

• Moffat County — 15 — 18 — 13 — 12 — 58

• Delta — 22 — 17 — 18 — 23 — 80

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Andy Browning — 13

• Tyler Hildebrandt — 13

• Joe Camilletti — 10

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball players put up a fight Friday at Delta High School.

While Delta was trying to stay in the race for the Western Slope League title, the Bulldogs were looking to get an upset on the road.

MCHS pulled within two points in the third quarter, but the Bulldogs couldn’t overcome Delta’s hot shooters, falling 80-58.

“The score doesn’t show how close the game really was,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “All our guys played their hearts out and they were really close to getting a win.

“We were right there within a few points, but we couldn’t match-up against their shooters.”

The Bulldogs (5-14 overall, 2-7 WSL) trailed 22-15 after the first quarter, but a half-court 3-pointer from junior Tyler Hildebrandt sent MCHS into the half trailing by six, 39-33.

Hamilton said the game was made of runs by both teams, but Delta (15-5 overall, 8-2 WSL) hit two big shots to open the fourth quarter to keep the Bulldogs at a distance.

“We were in the game the whole time because we never let them get too far ahead,” Hamilton said. “Delta had a huge fourth quarter, outscoring us, 23-12, because they made a lot of free throws by us having to foul them.”

Delta had a player score 32 points and another drop 19.

The Bulldogs had to play man-to-man most of the game, Hamilton said.

“We tried everything to slow their shooters down and I think playing man most the game wore us down,” he said. “(Delta) had a couple of big guys who got a lot of offensive rebounds for second-chance shots and when they sent it outside, the guys hit it.”

Hildebrandt and senior Andy Browning led the Bulldogs with 13 points apiece and freshman Joe Camilletti added 10 points.

Hamilton said Delta had a couple of different defenses they used, but the Bulldogs broke through to have a great offensive game.

“Offensively, I think we played super,” he said. “Delta had a good zone defense, but I think Andy and Hildebrandt played great in the paint. They also had a pressure defense that caused some trouble, but we were able to break through that, too.”

Following the team’s first consecutive victories of the season, Hamilton said his players came out with confidence against Delta.

The Bulldogs have another tough test against league-leading Palisade at 2 p.m. today in Palisade.

“Delta was a good ball team, but I thought we played really good and the guys did a great job,” Hamilton said. “Palisade will play a man-to-man against us, so we have to be aggressive and come out hard just like we did (Friday).”

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