Joe Camilletti hounds Roaring Fork's Aldo Pinela on defense Saturday in Craig. The Moffat County boys wrapped up a 3-0 week of basketball by beating Roaring Fork, 70-51.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Joe Camilletti hounds Roaring Fork's Aldo Pinela on defense Saturday in Craig. The Moffat County boys wrapped up a 3-0 week of basketball by beating Roaring Fork, 70-51.

Play in the paint keys another Moffat County win

Boys scoring vs. Roaring Fork

Kort Hathhorn 25

Javen Gumber 18

Joe Camilletti 8

Tyler Davis 7

Matt Hamilton 4

Taft Cleverly 3

Kody Fief 2

Keenan Hildebrandt 2

Ben Robinson 1

— For a second straight game, the Moffat County boys basketball team took care of business with a quick start. The Bulldogs now are three wins away from a Western Slope League title.

Hosting Roaring Fork in Craig on Saturday, MCHS took a 9-0 lead from the opening tip and led 18-6 late in the first quarter. As was the case Friday night against Cedaredge, center Javen Gumber was the catalyst in a 70-51 victory.

Gumber was an animal inside throughout the game on the offensive and defensive glass as well as with his scoring. He finished with 18 points as a result of going strong to the hoop almost every time he touched the ball.

“He seems to have really picked up his physicality,” head coach Eric Hamilton said about the 6-foot-7 sophomore. “He’s always aggressive around the rim now, scoring and getting fouled. It seems like he’s found a new confidence, which is huge for us.”

The Rams responded to Moffat County’s start better than Cedaredge did Friday, with Ben Carpenter hitting two 3s at the end of the quarter to make it 18-12. While the Bulldogs extended their lead the rest of the game, they never dominated the Rams, especially when Gumber was out of the game.

“We had way too many turnovers today, and we got away from team ball,” Hamilton said. “I don’t know if they were tired, but everything was a little too individual.”

The Bulldogs are working on limiting turnovers and making sure every possession is valued as they near postseason play, so the coach was not pleased with his team’s lack of focus in protecting the ball. But on the defensive side, it was another story.

“The guys rotated really well and flew around on defense,” he said. “We forced a lot of turnovers and had a ton of steals.”

The Bulldogs finished up a 3-0 week with the win against Roaring Fork and are now 12-1 in the 3A WSL. If they beat Gunnison, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley next week, they guarantee themselves at least a share of the league crown. The following two weekends are the district and regional tournaments, making it crunch time for the team and its high expectations.

“We’re fine-tuning things and trying to stay healthy so we can play our best,” Hamilton said.

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

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