The Moffat County boys basketball team got back on track Friday — but just barely.
After losing to Gunnison on Tuesday, the Bulldogs traveled to Coal Ridge and narrowly avoided a second-straight loss to the Titans on senior night in New Castle, 54-51.
Joe Camilletti still was out with an injury but the rest of the team was playing Friday. They put together their worst offensive first half, scoring just 19 points and trailing Coal Ridge by seven at the break.
“The story was it was senior night in Coal Ridge and they played outstanding,” head coach Eric Hamilton said. “They shot the ball well and were fired up.”
The Bulldogs put together a 22-point third quarter, though, and closed the gap entering the fourth. Then, it was about staying cool and making the big plays, which Moffat did.
“Our guys stepped up and put together some big possessions for us,” Hamilton said. “They did what they needed to win.”
The win put Moffat County at 13-2 in the Western Slope League this season, with a home game against Grand Valley on Saturday as its only remaining contest.
3rd quarter dooms girls team
The Moffat County girls team was beaten on the road Saturday by Coal Ridge as the Titans used a big third quarter to put the Bulldogs away, 74-59.
“We had a bad third quarter,” head coach Matt Ray said. “They outscored us 24-13, and other than that, it was pretty much even.”
Paige Ryan, who didn’t play in the teams’ first matchup in Craig, scored 25 points for the Titans to lead them to victory and a 10-6 record in the WSL. Moffat County dropped to 10-5 in the league this year.
Morgan Lawton scored 12 and Allie Ehlers added 10 for the Bulldogs, which didn’t enter the second half with the right level of intensity, Ray said.
“They came out more aggressive, and I thought we came out a little bit timid,” he said. “They took it to us.”
Moffat County’s final game against Grand Valley on Saturday now grows in importance. If the Bulldogs lose, they will be in a dead-heat with the Titans and the tiebreaker to decide the host of their district game would be a coin flip.
“It’s a huge game for us now,” Ray said. “Almost a must win because we want to be at home for that.”
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