Tyler Davis goes to the hoop against Coal Ridge during a boys basketball game in January. The Bulldogs will be traveling to New Castle to take on the Titans Friday before finishing up against Grand Valley Saturday. They will take second place in the Western Slope League this year unless Aspen loses to Gunnison Friday.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Tyler Davis goes to the hoop against Coal Ridge during a boys basketball game in January. The Bulldogs will be traveling to New Castle to take on the Titans Friday before finishing up against Grand Valley Saturday. They will take second place in the Western Slope League this year unless Aspen loses to Gunnison Friday.

Moffat County basketball teams look to finish regular season strong

Bulldogs both could finish second in the Western Slope League with wins

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Moffat County girls (12-5, 10-4 WSL) and boys (14-3, 12-2) at Coal Ridge girls (11-7, 9-6) and boys (10-8, 10-5)

5:30 and 7 p.m. Friday

New Castle

Grand Valley girls (15-3, 14-1) and boys (11-7, 10-5) at Moffat County girls and boys

2 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday

MCHS gym

After recent losses by each team, the Moffat County basketball is not in the running to win its leagues, but still can position themselves well for the districts and regionals by picking up wins in their final two games of the regular season.

The boys basketball picture in the Western Slope League is simple. After losing to Gunnison on Tuesday, Moffat County sits in second place in the league with a 12-2 record behind Aspen’s 14-1 mark. The Skiers have one game left at Gunnison. If they win, they win the WSL. If they lose and Moffat County beats Coal Ridge and Grand Valley on Friday and Saturday, respectively, the teams would share the league title.

If both teams are 14-2 in the WSL then Moffat County would get the top seed in the district tournament because of having a better overall record (16-3 vs. Aspen’s 15-4 with a loss).

If Gunnison does not pull off its second straight upset, Moffat County places no worse than second. Two losses still would keep Moffat County a game ahead of both Coal Ridge and Grand Valley. But those losses would bury the Bulldogs’ chances of getting a high seed in the regional tournament.

“We’ve got to pick our heads up because we’ve got two more important games and then its playoff time,” head coach Eric Hamilton said after Tuesday’s loss to Gunnison. “This is what we’ve been preparing for.”

On the girls side, the 3A WSL is a bit more murky. The only thing set in stone is Grand Valley that will win the league. With a 14-1 record, the Cardinals are three games ahead with just one left to play.

After them, Olathe, Cedaredge and Moffat County each have four losses. If all three teams win out and finish with a 12-4 record, Moffat County would get the fourth seed in the district tournament on tiebreakers.

Due to losing both games to Cedaredge and Olathe owning a better overall record (if both teams win), the Bulldogs would get the fourth seed. With those teams playing Roaring Fork and Basalt, respectively, in their final games, a 12-4 finish and the four seed is likely the best case scenario for the Bulldogs.

Behind Moffat County is Coal Ridge at 9-6 in the league. Moffat County travels there Friday and hosts Grand Valley on Saturday. If the Bulldogs were to lose both those games, they would have an identical record to Coal Ridge. At 12-7 overall, 10-6 in the WSL and 1-1 in their matchups this season, the tiebreaker would come down to a coin flip.

The team that earns the four seed will host the No. 5 team in the first round of the district tournament and have an advantage heading into the regional pairings the following week.

Picking up two wins rather than losing two games could result in a significant difference in a team’s seeding when the 32 regional teams are announced.

“If we play like we did (Tuesday night) we should be fine,” head coach Matt Ray said after the girls beat Gunnison. “We can play with those teams.”

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

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