3A Western Slope League boys standings
Moffat County 11-1
Grand Valley 9-4*
Coal Ridge 9-5*
Roaring Fork 7-6*
*played Friday night with results unavailable by press time
After two minutes, Javen Gumber had scored nine points while Cedaredge had managed just one.
The sophomore center’s individual scoring slowed down after that point (he finished with 13 in the quarter and 20 overall), but the Moffat County boys basketball team didn’t slow down by much. Late in the first quarter, the score was 26-1 as the Bulldogs had their fastest start of the season. They went on to win 87-64.
“We didn’t want to come out slow,” junior Joe Camilletti said. “We knew we were the better team and we’ve sometimes played down to teams. We’re trying to prove we’re the best and we can’t screw up now for the playoffs.”
Camilletti led the team in scoring with 22 points while Tyler Davis added 21, giving the Bulldogs three players with more than 20 points for the first time this season. They improved to 11-1 in the 3A Western Slope League this year with four games to play.
While the team as a whole was hot from the field, coach Eric Hamilton thought Gumber’s effort got the whole team going.
“That was probably due to Javen’s aggressiveness,” Hamilton said. “I thought he ignited the whole team today with aggressive play.”
After Gumber did the scoring inside, Cedaredge packed its defense into the paint and gave some openings to the Bulldog perimeter players. Five players made 3-pointers in the game for Moffat County as they sprinted to a 49-28 halftime lead and led by as many as 32 in the second half.
“Everyone was hustling, everyone was playing hard and that’s when we’re at our best,” Camilletti said.
As has been the case in many home games this season, Moffat County’s defensive intensity didn’t remain at the height it was at the beginning of the game, but they never allowed the Bruins back into it.
“It was a little hard to maintain our intensity with the big lead,” Hamilton said. “We’re letting people score a lot of points, but we’re taking our press off. I still thought we played well.”
Contact Nate Waggenspack at 970-875-1795 or firstname.lastname@example.org.