MCHS boys basketball team struggles inside in 58-32 loss |

MCHS boys basketball team struggles inside in 58-32 loss

Joshua Gordon

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball head coach David Bradshaw said his team will have to work on offensive execution and applying better defensive pressure after a 58-32 loss Tuesday night at Aspen High School. The Bulldogs begin Western Slope League play Saturday as the team hosts league favorite Glenwood Springs.

The battle against Aspen in the paint didn't go well Tuesday night for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team.

Facing a height disadvantage, the Bulldogs were overrun by the bigger Skiers, 58-32.

Aspen's senior post player Bridger Dawson played through foul trouble to score 25 points, frustrating MCHS inside.

"At 6 foot 7 inches, (Dawson) was a tough match-up for us all night," Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said. "Offensively, especially in the second half, he caused a lot of problems and was hard for our guys to shoot over."

The Bulldogs (1-8 overall) came out fast Tuesday night, jumping to an early 9-6 lead, Bradshaw said, something he had been hoping for his team all season.

"Our team came into the game a lot better prepared," he said. "We attacked early offensively and were able to get an early lead."

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Senior Angelo Raftopoulos had three quick buckets to start the game, putting up the Bulldogs' first six points.

Zach Raftopoulos, also a senior, nailed a 3-pointer soon after to put the Bulldogs up.

But, the bright spot for MCHS wouldn't last. The game turned after that initial burst from the Bulldogs.

"Our offensive woes continued after our early lead," Bradshaw said. "We lost a lot of patience and stopped playing good offense."

The second half was when Dawson really went to work.

"(Aspen) has a 6-foot 7-inch player and a 6-foot 5-inch player," Bradshaw said. "Our biggest guys are 6-foot 2-inches tall. They have the advantage."

Dawson scored 13 of his 25 points in the second half for the Skiers (3-3 overall).

Bradshaw said the Bulldogs tried to apply a 2-3 zone defense to contain Aspen's height, but the team was overpowered in the paint.

"We tried to get a body on their big guys, but they won the ground game on us," he said. "When we face another team like this, we will have to be more physical and not let the other team establish their inside game."

Although the Bulldogs came out better prepared, Bradshaw said the team was still making some of the same mistakes.

"In the second half, we got back into some of our old habits," he said. "Instead of moving on offense and taking high-percentage shots, we tried going one-on-one and playing too much of an individual game."

Angelo finished the game with 12 points, the only MCHS player in double digits. Dylon Camilletti contributed seven points and Zach added six points.

The Bulldogs begin Western Slope League play Saturday at home, taking on reigning league champion Glenwood Springs High School.

Bradshaw said Glenwood Springs (6-3 overall) is a favorite to win the league again, led by senior Kevin Flohr.

Flohr was the player of the year for the Western Slope League last season, Bradshaw said, and is averaging more than 25 points per game this season.

"We are going to have to defend better this weekend," Bradshaw said. "(Glenwood Springs) is tough inside and outside, so we are going to have to work on defending both."

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Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s Tuesday game against Aspen:

(Team – 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th final)

MCHS – 11 – 9 – 6 – 6 32

Skiers – 15 – 13 – 15 – 15 58

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name points)

Angelo Raftopoulos — 12

Dylon Camilletti — 7

Zach Raftopoulos — 6

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