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Moffat County boys split opening basketball tourney

Bulldogs take 56-51 win over Kent Denver, 59-46 loss to Pinnacle

Moffat County High School's Keenan Hildebrandt catches a pass from coach Eric Hamilton during a practice for the MCHS boys basketball teams. The Bulldogs were 1-1 this weekend

The first weekend of Bulldog basketball has come and gone, and the boys of Moffat County High SchoolMoffat County High School are already a few steps ahead of where they were last year. are already a few steps ahead of where they were last year.

Moffat County High School are already a few steps ahead of where they were last year.

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. Kent Denver

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 9 14 16 17 56

Kent — 10 15 9 17 51

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. The Pinnacle

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

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MCHS — 8 12 12 14 46

Pinnacle — 16 13 17 13 59

The Dogs are 1-1Dogs are 1-1 after attending the sixth annual Herman Schayes Memorial Tournament at Englewood’s after attending the sixth annual Herman Schayes Memorial Tournament at Englewood's Kent Denver SchoolKent Denver School..

Dogs are 1-1 after attending the sixth annual Herman Schayes Memorial Tournament at Englewood's Kent Denver School.

MCHS recorded a 56-51 win against the hosting Sun Devils Friday night, a game that was particularly narrow in the first half, Kent holding a 25-23 lead at halftime. The young men of Moffat County turned it around with 16 points in the third quarter to the Sun Devils' nine, both teams taking 17 in the fourth to keep things close right to the end, with senior Kody Fief leading scoring in the game with 21 points.

The Bulldogs were hungry for another win Saturday afternoon, but The Pinnacle Timberwolves, of Federal Heights, had the dominant appetite — after a 71-62 defeat by St. Mary'sSt. Mary’s the previous day — keeping a solid 16-8 advantage in the first quarter, outscoring Moffat County in all but the final period. the previous day — keeping a solid 16-8 advantage in the first quarter, outscoring Moffat County in all but the final period.

St. Mary's the previous day — keeping a solid 16-8 advantage in the first quarter, outscoring Moffat County in all but the final period.

Coach Eric Hamilton said the level of play against the Sun Devils was one thing, but the Timberwolves were an entirely different challenge with a highly effective fast break and a big man — six-foot eight-inch Jesus Martinez, according to MaxPrepsaccording to MaxPreps — that stymied his players. — that stymied his players.

according to MaxPreps — that stymied his players.

"Kent was tough, but The Pinnacle just overwhelmed us," he said.

Senior Dylan Kincade took 10 points, sophomores Brent Cook and Bronc Hellander nine and senior Ben Robinson eight in the Saturday match.

Though not the sweep they might have liked, the results are an improvement over last season, when MCHS boys went 0-2 in the same event against the same schools. The Bulldog boys and girls varsity squads will both compete in the Steamboat Springs Shootout Thursday through Saturday, with the girls first playing at home against Fruita Monument.

A few more days practice after their first games will make a big difference, Hamilton said.

"We're gonna get a lot better now," he said.

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Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. Kent Denver

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 9 14 16 17 56

Kent — 10 15 9 17 51

Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. The Pinnacle

Team — 1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Final

MCHS — 8 12 12 14 46

Pinnacle — 16 13 17 13 59

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