In two games this weekend, the Moffat County boys basketball team was at its run-and-gun best.
The Bulldogs got 16 points from Kort Hathhorn off the bench and hit 10 3-pointers to beat Cedaredge, 78-56, on Saturday. It was one of the most polished games of the season for the team, head coach Eric Hamilton said.
“We played well today,” he said. “We ran the ball well and our offense looked good tonight. For a big, long weekend, playing the type of basketball we play, it was great.”
Moffat County opened up a 34-19 lead at halftime but had a slower third quarter offensively, putting up 15 points. They still held a comfortable lead against the Bruins but put the game out of reach with a 29-point fourth quarter, including six 3s.
“Davis got hot in the fourth, and we just had a lot of good looks from ball movement and good offense,” Hamilton said. “We’ve got good shooters, so when we’re patient on offense and give them open looks, we can make those shots.”
The win sent Moffat County’s record to 6-2 this season and 4-1 in the Western Slope League. They are in second place behind Aspen in the league standings, with games against third and fifth place Grand Valley and Coal Ridge coming next weekend.
Girls can’t grab victory
In an important league matchup on the road, Moffat County’s girls basketball team came up a rebound or two short.
Playing at WSL-leading Cedaredge (7-2, 5-1 WSL), the Bulldogs gave up repeated offensive rebounds while trying to come back against the Bruins and time ran out in their 49-45 loss.
In a tight game that saw both teams play full-court defense throughout, the Bulldogs suffered through a shooting slump in the third quarter and fell behind, 35-28. But they surged in the fourth and pulled to within two points with less than two minutes remaining, then again with 48 seconds left.
The Bruins missed three of four foul shot attempts but grabbed two straight offensive rebounds, chewing up a lot of clock before extending the lead.
“That (the third quarter) was the difference, really,” head coach Matt Ray said after the game. “We just couldn’t get a shot to fall. We also went 10-20 from the foul line, so we’ve got to work on that.”
Allie Ehlers led Moffat County with 10 points and forced some turnovers late in the game, but it wasn’t enough to come away with a win. Still, Ray was not discouraged.
“To be honest, playing on the road against a tough team like this, I thought we played pretty well,” he said. “The girls played hard the whole game, they played their hearts out and we just came up short.”
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