Denton Taylor drives past a defender on his way to drawing a foul during the fourth quarter of Moffat County's 83-61 win against Basalt on Saturday in Craig.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Denton Taylor drives past a defender on his way to drawing a foul during the fourth quarter of Moffat County's 83-61 win against Basalt on Saturday in Craig.

Moffat County boys basketball jumps on Basalt early on way to 83-61 win

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Moffat County basketball end of season schedule

Feb. 11 vs. Aspen 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14 vs. Cedaredge 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 vs. Roaring Fork 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 18 at Gunnison 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 at Coal Ridge 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 vs. Grand Valley 3:30 p.m.

— While it looked uninterested at times Saturday, Moffat County’s boys basketball team put together several highlight plays and shot the ball well to beat Basalt.

With an 83-61 final score, the Bulldogs won comfortably against the Longhorns but didn’t appear as invested in the game once they built a big lead. Head coach Eric Hamilton thought it might have something to do with the team looking past Basalt at a big matchup with Aspen on Tuesday.

“I don’t think our guys were into the game that much,” he said afterward. “Definitely on the defensive end, our effort was nonexistent.”

It wasn’t as though the Bulldogs played poorly, though. After giving up the first four points of the game, they came back to take a 20-6 lead at the end of the quarter. In the second quarter, Tyler Davis scored all 18 of his points and tossed up an alley-oop that Kort Hathhorn finished emphatically on a fast break.

“The dunks were cool,” Hamilton said. “I think this is kind of one of those games where you file it away pretty quickly afterward.”

Hathhorn would nail four 3s in the second half and finish with 22 points, while Javen Gumber and Joe Camilletti each added 14 to give Moffat County more balanced scoring. With a 25-point lead at halftime and the victory well in hand, the Bulldogs didn’t play with the same intensity on defense in the second half, giving up the same number of points (21) in the third quarter as they did the whole first half.

But Basalt never threatened to get back in the game, and Hamilton was pleased with Moffat County’s offensive motion.

“That’s still a good, solid win for us, and I thought they moved the ball really well all game,” he said.

The win pushes Moffat County’s record to 11-2 and 9-1 in the Western Slope League, still one loss behind unbeaten Aspen. The Bulldogs will have a chance to hand the Skiers their first league loss when the two square off at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Craig.

Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or nwaggenspack@CraigDailyPress.com.

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