Moffat County boys overcome Classical Academy in 4th quarter
Boys scoring vs. Classical Academy
• Joe Camilletti, 20 points
• Javen Gumber, 15
• Taft Cleverly, 11
• Matt Hamilton, 5
• Kort Hathhorn, 5
• Tyler Hildebrandt, 4
• Tyler Davis, 3
• Phillip Chadwick, 2
• Wyatt Oberwitte, 1
With its season on the line, the Moffat County boys basketball team stood tall and came up with big plays, earning the right to keep playing.
The Bulldogs trailed 45-38 entering the fourth quarter of a foul-fest against The Classical Academy, but ended up the better team in the fourth, getting baskets and defensive plays from everyone they put on the court down the stretch.
Joe Camilletti hit foul shots to take a 61-60 lead after making a steal. Then Matt Hamilton had a block on the other end at the rim. Miguel Cruz drew a charge and Taft Cleverly would sink foul shots after being fouled with 20 seconds left to give Moffat County the lead for good.
All in all, the Bulldogs scored 27 points in the fourth quarter to take a 66-64 win against the Titans in the regional semifinal game in Brush.
“We had key plays by a lot of guys,” coach Eric Hamilton said. “Everybody stepped up, and we had a huge fourth quarter.”
The Bulldogs started out well with pressure on Classical, but the Titans adjusted and enforced their will in the half-court game for much of the second half. Jason Anderson, a 6-foot-7 wing for the Titans, especially was effective either scoring or getting to the foul line.
“They settled into their game and started working their size against us,” Hamilton said. “That really gave us trouble in the third quarter.”
But the second half also included 31 fouls between the two teams, and Anderson fouled out with 3:30 remaining.
His presence was missed by Classical in the closing minutes and the Bulldogs took advantage, hitting their free throws at the end of the game after struggling from the line earlier.
A 3-pointer from Classical at the buzzer counted for the final score, but Moffat County was content to let the Titans shoot. The win sent the Bulldogs into the Sweet 16, in which they’ll take on the host school, Brush.
Hamilton scouted the Beetdiggers as they defeated Basalt, 55-18, and came away impressed.
“They’re very physical and play very aggressive man-to-man" defense, he said. “I think we match up with them better size-wise than we did Classical. We’ve got to be ready for some pressure and maybe see if we can use our size against them.”
That game tips at 1 p.m. Saturday in Brush, with a shot at the state quarterfinals on the line.
Nate Waggenspack can be reached at 875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.