Moffat County boys basketball loses consolation final to Brush

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— In its final game of the 2013-14 season, the Moffat County boys basketball team came from behind again but lost to Brush to take sixth place in the 3A state tournament.

The Bulldogs got into the consolation fifth-place game with a furious comeback win against Manitou Springs on Friday and fell behind Brush by 12 points in the first half Saturday. They came back to take control by outscoring the Beetdiggers, 28-14, in the third quarter, but down the stretch, it was Brush that had the answers, as it picked up a 77-71 win.

“We thought we had them beat" after the third quarter, coach Eric Hamilton said. “We made some costly mistakes there towards the end. We turned the ball over twice, missed a layup. Each time we messed up, they went and scored it.”

The Bulldogs and Beetdiggers were tied at 68 late in the fourth quarter, but Brush scored two quick baskets and was able to hang on with time running short. Of the team’s seven seniors, Randy Baker had the biggest game, scoring 34 points.

Moffat County went 1-2 at the Great 8 in state playoffs, finishing the season in a way worse than the team would have hoped. But with a 21-6 record and the deepest tournament run for a Moffat County team in years, Hamilton said it was a memorable season.

“After we beat Manitou, that was one of the most fun nights we had,” he said. “Big celebration, team dinner, we had a blast. It was just the opposite after the next game. I’m sure they’ll be able to remember the positives from a great year.”

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