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Bulldogs open season with tournament

The Moffat County High School basketball team will hit the court after eight months in hibernation. The Bulldogs have been hiding out in the high school’s gym for the past three weeks gearing up for another grueling season.

The boys basketball team will travel to Grand Junction to open their season with a three-day tournament to sharpen their skills. They will test their skills against strong Denver area teams who will bring big city savvy basketball to the Western Slope.

“We will be playing three tough teams from 5A schools,” Head Coach Blaine Corlett said. “It is better to start the season playing up to tough teams instead of playing down.”

The Bulldogs look at those 5A teams with no fear. They see a chance to play decent teams, which will help them prepare better for league play, Corlett said.

“I like the idea of playing 5A schools,” senior Mark Turner said, “It’s a good learning opportunity to help you play more aggressive.”

“It is good for us,” point guard Jarrod Burns said. “It shows that we can play with the bigger boys. It’s just like playing anyone else.”

The Bulldogs will not change or implement anything new from last year, Corlett said.

“We will change up our defenses and play break basketball like we did last year,” he said. “We are nine deep and everybody will be playing a lot of minutes with fast breaks, but we still must maintain rebounding and boxing out to win.”

Players have been working hard with enthusiasm at practices. The team played several scrimmage games last weekend in Denver, which will help them prepare for this weekend tournament, Corlett said.

This tournament will gives coaches a chance to examine the infrastructure of their team. It’s a time to find out what combination of players work well on the court, who plays well with each other, and will give an overall view of the team performance, Corlett said.

The tournament was scheduled at Central High School in Grand Junction, but was changed to Mesa State College in Grand Junction. The Bulldogs will play Horizon at 3:15 Thursday, and play Bear Creek at 6:45 Friday. The boys will finish the tournament on Saturday, playing Evanston at 11 a.m.