Matt Hamilton fights through a foul Friday at Moffat County High School. The MCHS boys basketball team joined the girls in the regional final round in Craig with an 80-63 win against Sheridan.

Photo by Nate Waggenspack

Matt Hamilton fights through a foul Friday at Moffat County High School. The MCHS boys basketball team joined the girls in the regional final round in Craig with an 80-63 win against Sheridan.

Boys basketball on to regional final in Craig

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The Moffat County boys basketball team is back into a regional final for the second straight year.

Boys scoring vs. Sheridan

Joe Camilletti 22

Kort Hathhorn 20

Javen Gumber 9

Matt Hamilton 8

Tyler Davis 7

Dylan Kincade 4

Ben Robinson 3

Denton Taylor 3

Taft Cleverly 2

Kody Fief 2

With steady play throughout the game and contributions from almost the whole roster, the No. 5 seed Bulldogs earned a 3A regional semifinal win Friday in Craig. With one more win, the team will surpass last year’s result and advance to the Great 8 of the state tournament.

Joe Camilletti scored 22 points and Kort Hathhorn added 20 as Moffat County had 10 players get into the scorebook and all 12 in the game in its 80-63 win against Sheridan.

The Bulldogs never ran away in quick spurts from the Rams but consistently built their lead throughout the course of the game.

“We kept it constant,” Camilletti said. “Anytime they closed the gap on us a little bit, we settled down and would get a good shot off, or our defense picked it up and got a turnover.”

Coach Eric Ham­ilton gave extensive minutes to most of the Bulldogs roster throughout the game because he felt they were comfortably ahead, but said that might have kept the team from running away with the game.

Still, Moffat County did a little bit of everything in the win. Multiple players hit threes, the man-to-man press bothered Sheridan guards all game and the team exhibited some of its best passing in the half-court offense.

“They shared the ball well tonight,” Hamilton said. “Our post guys were passing it well.”

Sheridan hung around in the game with success from the 3-point line. The Rams trailed 20-15 after the first quarter, but 12 of their points had come from beyond the arc. At halftime, they had five threes and eight foul shots, but no 2-point baskets.

All told, Sheridan finished with 12 threes in the game, including six from Brandon Gonzalez. In the fourth quarter, Gonzalez hit four triples as the Rams fouled and hoisted shots from deep in an effort to lessen the gap.

They trailed by 23 after three quarters and lowered the deficit to 17 on a couple occasions but never got closer.

Moffat County will play Bishop Machebeuf, the No. 12 seed in the regional final at 2:30 p.m. today. After losing to Brush a year ago on the road, the Bulldogs want to come out strong to advance further in 2014.

“We can’t play nervous. We need to come out attacking like we did tonight,” Camilletti said. “It’s a big game, so that’s maybe harder to do than the regular season, but we have to start like tonight.”

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

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