Boys basketball team struggles in road loss to Steamboat

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Moffat County's Joe Camilletti shoots over Steamboat Springs Zach Dunklin in the first half of Friday night's game against the Sailors in Steamboat Springs.

Steamboat Springs — The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team couldn’t overcome a slow start and struggled to make shots down the stretch in falling to the rival Steamboat Springs Sailors, 57-49, on Friday night.

The two teams went back and forth early in the game, before the Sailors took over in the second quarter.

Up 17-15, Steamboat closed the quarter on a 10-0 run to take a 27-15 lead into halftime.

“We played Steamboat ball in the first half,” Bulldogs coach Eric Hamilton said. “Maybe we should have tried that press a little more. We missed a lot of easy things we should have converted.”

The Sailors led 35-21 entering the fourth quarter, when the Bulldogs implemented a full-court press.

Steamboat turned the ball over eight times in the quarter and MCHS closed the gap to 48-42.

But, the Bulldogs would never get any closer.

“We wanted to play our tempo,” Hamilton said. “They just controlled us the first half. You never know if we would have pressured them more in the first half.”

Joe Camilletti and Taft Cleverly led the Bulldogs with 17 points each.

The loss ends the Bulldogs’ season.

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