Moffat County sophomore Tyler Davis defends Aspen's Josh Baker in the back court during the Bulldogs' home game Saturday. Moffat County improved to 7-1 on the year with a 45-35 win.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Moffat County sophomore Tyler Davis defends Aspen's Josh Baker in the back court during the Bulldogs' home game Saturday. Moffat County improved to 7-1 on the year with a 45-35 win.

Moffat County boys basketball shuts down Aspen offense

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Moffat County points vs. Aspen

Tyler Davis 17 points

Taft Cleverly 7

Tyler Hildebrandt 6

Joe Camilletti 5

Miguel Cruz 5

Matthew Hamilton 3

Wyatt Oberwitte 2

Scores from Saturday at MCHS

MCHS girls JV 64, Aspen girls JV 16

MCHS boys JV 44, Aspen boys JV 17

MCHS girls varsity 62, Aspen 19

MCHS boys varsity 45, Aspen 35

Tyler Davis saw his fourth quarter 3-pointer go through the hoop and he let out a whoop of glee.

It was Davis’ second 3 in a row, and it put the Bulldogs up on Aspen by 20 points, as well as moved the game out of reach.

In a game of spurts, those 3s were the tail-end of the biggest one for Moffat County, which defeated Aspen, 45-35, on Saturday in the MCHS gym. With the win, the Bulldogs improved to 7-1 (4-1 Western Slope League) this season, while Aspen fell to 6-2 (4-1).

Davis led the Bulldogs in scoring and played superior perimeter defense with fellow guards Joe Camilletti and Taft Cleverly in Moffat County’s biggest game of the season so far.

The Bulldogs harassed Aspen’s guards from start to finish Saturday, and while the turnovers they forced didn’t always result in transition points, they kept the Skiers’ offense off balance during the entire game, resulting in just 35 points for the Skiers, who came into the game averaging 54 per game.

“I don’t think the score shows what we accomplished in that game,” coach Eric Hamilton said about his team’s performance. “We had some huge leads. We can work on things like taking care of the basketball and taking care of time and score situations. But we’re going to take this win and run with it.”

Moffat County took a 10-2 lead to start the game and threatened to break it open on several occasions, but Aspen responded with a run every time the lead got to be more than 10 points. Finally, the Bulldogs ended the third quarter on an 11-2 run.

Davis’ two 3s were the first points of the fourth quarter, making it a 17-2 run in all.

“I felt like we put the dagger in them,” Davis said about the second of his 3s. “We hit those, and I just knew we were going to win.”

The win moved Moffat County into a tie in the Western Slope League, with a tiebreak advantage on the skiers. It’s a position Hamilton said the Bulldogs talked about taking before the game.

“We talked about it in the locker room where this is our opportunity to show that we’re here for real,” he said. “It’s been a long time since Moffat County’s been in that position, and I told them to take advantage of it.”

Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@craigdailypress.com. Follow Craig Daily Press sports coverage on Twitter at @CDP_Sports.

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