Moffat County High School senior Taft Cleverly maneuvers around at mid-court Saturday during the boys varsity basketball team's home game against Grand Valley. The boys lost, 57-53, finishing second in the Western Slope League, and are scheduled to host Cedaredge on Tuesday as the playoffs commence.

Photo by Andy Bockelman

Moffat County High School senior Taft Cleverly maneuvers around at mid-court Saturday during the boys varsity basketball team's home game against Grand Valley. The boys lost, 57-53, finishing second in the Western Slope League, and are scheduled to host Cedaredge on Tuesday as the playoffs commence.

Moffat County boys basketball loses to Grand Valley in season closer

Team to play Cedaredge on Tuesday

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Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball

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Javen Gumber — 16

Joe Camilletti — 13

Tyler Davis — 13

The boys varsity team finished the regular season 13-3 in the Western Slope League with a Saturday 57-53 loss at home against Grand Valley.

It was not the way Moffat County High School senior Taft Cleverly would have liked to finish his final season of basketball, but the playoffs still are to come.

The MCHS boys varsity team suffered a 57-53 defeat at the hands of visiting Grand Valley in its last game of the regular season. After a close first half that ended with the score tied at 25, the Bulldogs lost control as the Cardinals ran roughshod, keeping the lead until the game’s end.

The boys finish second in the Western Slope League behind Aspen, with a league record of 13-3. The boys will host Cedaredge on Tuesday as the initial round of the playoffs begin.

Although the team has fared well against their upcoming competitor this season, head coach Eric Hamilton doesn’t want to take any chances.

He pointed to the dwindling scores in the last three games as an indication that the team has had “a lack of fire,” which he hopes to correct as they prepare for the next stage.

“Grand Valley really had something to prove without their starting point guard, and they came out and out-hustled us and wanted it way more,” he said.

Hamilton said the Bulldogs will be working on upping aggression, bettering teamwork on the court and following through by making steals, rebounds and other parts of the game count more.

“We’re not finishing layups or hitting our free throws,” he said. “We’ll get it worked out Monday and be ready for Tuesday.”

This is the second year Cleverly, the lone MCHS senior on the team, has made it to the playoffs. Although Saturday’s loss was disheartening for him, he prefers to see it as a motivator to do better.

“I think it puts us in a threatening position because we want it a lot more now,” he said.

Contact Andy Bockelman at 970-875-1793 or abockelman@CraigDailyPress.com.

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