Kort Hathhorn puts up a 3-point shot during Tuesday's district basketball action at Moffat County High School. Hathhorn had 24 points as the Moffat County boys took down Cedaredge, 97-49.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Kort Hathhorn puts up a 3-point shot during Tuesday's district basketball action at Moffat County High School. Hathhorn had 24 points as the Moffat County boys took down Cedaredge, 97-49.

Back to the basics for Moffat County boys basketball

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Boys scoring vs. Cedaredge

Kort Hathhorn 24

Tyler Davis 17

Joe Camilletti 15

Kody Fief 11

Javen Gumber 8

Matt Hamilton 6

Denton Taylor 5

Dylan Kincade 4

Taft Cleverly 3

Ben Robinson 2

Dusty Taylor 1

Keenan Hildebrandt 1

After an uncharacteristic week of basketball, the Moffat County boys basketball team is trying to reset itself for the postseason.

It got off to a good start Tuesday by dismantling Cedaredge in a 3A Western Slope district quarterfinal game, 97-49.

The Bulldogs had a 20-3 lead in the opening minutes of the game, thanks to steals from their full-court pressure and baskets in transition. Joe Camilletti got it all started with a steal and layup on the first possession, and the team never looked back en route to a 35-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

From there it was a win by committee, as all 12 Moffat County players got into the game and scored with their trademark fast pace. The 97 points scored came after three straight games in which Moffat County failed to reach 60 points, a mark it's only missed four times all season.

“Last week, it was all individual. We didn’t play team ball,” said guard Tyler Davis, who scored 17 points for Moffat County. “The other thing was we came out with energy today. That’s how we beat them.”

Davis was one of four players who scored in the double digits for the Bulldogs, led by Kort Hathhorn’s 24, as they poured in 59 points in the first half and 85 throughout three quarters.

“Tonight, every guy played their guts out,” coach Eric Hamilton said. “We got back to our style of focusing on defense and keeping the pressure on. Our focus finally came back.”

The Bulldogs lost two games last week to fall out of a tie with Aspen and took second place in the Western Slope League. They still can earn a high seed or even host games in the regional tournament by continuing the trend they started against Cedaredge. The team plays Grand Valley, which it lost to Saturday, in the semifinal game Friday in Palisade.

“It all has to continue for us to win,” Davis said. “It’s hard to win without playing team ball.”

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

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