MCHS boys basketball has no answer for full-court pressure in 65-47 loss
January 14, 2012
Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Friday against Eagle Valley High School:
(Team — 1st — 2nd — 3rd — 4th — final)
• Moffat County — 10 — 10 — 10 — 17 — 47
• Eagle Valley — 17 — 19 — 18 — 11 — 65
MCHS leading scorers:
(Name — points)
• Andy Browning — 12
• Colby Haddan — 10
• Taft Cleverly — 7
• Tyler Hildebrandt — 6
The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team took an early 8-3 lead Friday at home against Eagle Valley High School.
Then, the turnovers started to pile up.
Eagle Valley used a full-court pressure defense to cause turnovers in the first quarter and used a 22-2 run into the second quarter to take a commanding 25-10 lead.
MCHS couldn't overcome the deficit, falling 65-47 at home.
"(Eagle Valley) pushed the ball and we tried to force the ball too much," senior Andy Browning said. "They capitalized and went back and scored easy lay-ups to take a big lead."
The Bulldogs (2-9 overall, 0-2 Western Slope League) were able to push the ball to start the game, Browning said, scoring on lay-ups to take the lead.
However, Eagle Valley (7-4 overall, 2-1 WSL) tied the game at 10-10 with two minutes remaining in the first quarter and took the lead for good on a 3-pointer with less than a minute remaining.
The Devils continued the pressure into the second quarter and the Bulldogs didn't score until Browning put in a lay-up after more than three minutes had expired.
"Against the full-court (pressure), we kept dribbling too much and forcing it," Browning said. "We need to set things up and pass the ball more instead of trying to dribble through."
Browning led the Bulldogs with 12 points while fellow senior Colby Haddan added 10 points.
Sophomore Taft Cleverly scored seven and junior Tyler Hildebrandt added six points.
Hildebrandt started the second half after senior starter Jacob Scroggs left the game with a foot injury in the second quarter.
Browning said the Bulldogs started the game right on offense, but let control slip the rest of the way.
"At the beginning, we had a nice run because we were pushing the ball inside," he said. "After that, we only had spurts where we were playing with poise and control.
"We have to keep our heads up and not get down when they score a few points on us."
Defensively, Browning said the Bulldogs did a good job when they weren't battling fast breaks.
"We did a good job on protecting the inside and didn't let (Eagle Valley) shoot anything but the outside shot," he said. "Toward the end, we needed to box out more and we allowed some easy put backs, but we held our own."
The Bulldogs play Battle Mountain High School at 3:30 p.m. today.
Browning said every guy is going to have to come into today's game not thinking about Friday's loss.
"We let our anger get the best of us (Friday) and we lost control," he said. "We have to play in control and make sure we come out fired up in the first quarter and get some quick, easy lay-ups."
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