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42 youth basketball teams compete in Craig tournament

Joshua Gordon





Denton Taylor, left, puts up a shot in the Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament's boys eighth grade championships game against Coal Ridge. The Moffat County boys eighth grade team won 44-43 after a late basket from Tyler Davis.
Joshua Gordon

Darien Murphy, right, tries to break free of defenders in the Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament's girls sixth grade championship game against Paonia. Murphy's team, the Moffat County girls sixth grade blue team, was narrowly defeated, 16-14.Joshua Gordon

Results

Moffat County teams' Sunday results from the Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament in Craig:

Girls

(Team — grade — record)

Moffat County White — 6 — 0-1

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Moffat County Blue — 6 — 2-1

Moffat County White — 7 — 1-1

Moffat County Blue — 7 — 1-1

Moffat County White — 8 — 0-1

Moffat County Blue — 8 — 0-1

Boys

Moffat County White — 6 — 0-1

Moffat County Blue — 6 — 1-1

Moffat County White — 7 — 0-1

Moffat County Blue — 7 — 1-1

*Moffat County — 8 — 2-0

  • — won the eighth grade boys bracket

With less than 40 seconds left in the championship game Sunday, Tyler Davis took the ball at half court, dribbled into the lane and put up a floater toward the basket.

His team, the Moffat County boys eighth grade team, was trailing Coal Ridge, 43-42.

Davis' basket went in and his team held on to win, 44-43, and win their bracket in the Moffat County Youth Basketball program's Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament in Craig.

"It feels great," Davis said of his team's victory. "The last two tournaments we have lost, so it is great to get back in this tournament.

"We played as a team and we didn't get mad at each other and kept our heads up."

The tournament, which consisted of pool play on Saturday and single-elimination bracket play on Sunday, was played at Moffat County High School, Craig Middle School, Sandrock Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School.

With boys and girls sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade divisions, 42 teams from around the Western Slope competed in the two-day tournament, including 11 teams from Moffat County.

Davis said he thought his shot pushed his team to victory after struggling early on.

The team, which went 4-0 on the weekend, trailed, 32-24, with 15 minutes left and battled back.

"(Coal Ridge's) big guys were beating us," Davis said. "We had a problem with that early on."

Head coach Chad Elliott said once his team figured out how to play defensively against Coal Ridge, they came together.

"The guys came together as a team and played with a lot of heart and they wanted it bad," he said. "Our defense got us going late and I told the guys that defense wins games."

Elliott said he told his team early that teams go up as a team and down as team, but they had to stick together.

"We had some adversity with a couple of guys being hurt," he said. "I wanted the guys to keep doing everything we had been working on in practice and they were able to do that."

Eight of the 11 Moffat County team's were eliminated before the championship game.

The Moffat County boys and girls sixth grade blue teams lost to Paonia in their respective championship games.

Brad King, head coach of the girls sixth grade blue team, said he was proud of the heart his girls showed in the 16-14 loss at Sandrock.

"We run a lot in practice and the girls were able to run a full court press every game in the tournament," he said. "They are really good shooters and really good athletes."

King said his team showed guts during the whole tournament.

"Sixth grade girls basketball can be a blood sport," he said. "It can get pretty intense and usually the team who wants it more wins."

Moving forward, King said he wants to work on a couple of fundamentals to make his team stronger.

"We probably need to work on handling the ball because the girls have trouble dribbling too far in front of them," he said. "We also need to work on rebounding because we are short, so we have to box out more than other teams."

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Results

Moffat County teams’ Sunday results from the Yampa Valley Classic youth basketball tournament in Craig:

Girls

(Team — grade — record)

Moffat County White — 6 — 0-1

Moffat County Blue — 6 — 2-1

Moffat County White — 7 — 1-1

Moffat County Blue — 7 — 1-1

Moffat County White — 8 — 0-1

Moffat County Blue — 8 — 0-1

Boys

Moffat County White — 6 — 0-1

Moffat County Blue — 6 — 1-1

Moffat County White — 7 — 0-1

Moffat County Blue — 7 — 1-1

*Moffat County — 8 — 2-0

  • — won the eighth grade boys bracket

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