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1st half dooms MCHS boys hoops team in Palisade

Joshua Gordon
A flat first half allowed Palisade to jump on the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team Saturday for the win, 57-43. MCHS coach David Bradshaw said a lack of intensity and energy put the Bulldogs in a 25-point deficit early in the second half.
Joshua Gordon

Box Score

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

(Team – 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th — final)

Moffat County – 8 – 7 – 13 – 15 — 43

Palisade – 17 – 14 – 11 – 15 — 57

Box Score

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

(Team – 1st – 2nd – 3rd – 4th — final)

Moffat County – 8 – 7 – 13 – 15 — 43



Palisade – 17 – 14 – 11 – 15 — 57

A flat start and lack of intensity Saturday from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team led to a 57-43 defeat to Western Slope League foe Palisade.



With the score 31-15 at the half, head coach David Bradshaw said he took responsibility for his team not being ready to play.

“Regardless of the atmosphere we play in, it is my job to have the kids ready to play,” he said. “We came out flat and the energy level just wasn’t there.”

With Palisade up 25 points early in the second half, Bradshaw said his players started to pick up their game.

The Bulldogs (2-13 overall, 1-4 WSL) were able to pull within six points with about two minutes left in the game.

“We had a good run in the second half when we got our energy level up,” Bradshaw said. “They played better and were able to score points.”

Compared to the team’s game at Delta on Friday, Bradshaw said the atmosphere at Palisade had an affect on the players.

“Palisade had a bigger crowd and it was quiet in the gym,” he said. “They struggled to bring their intensity.”

Defensively, Bradshaw said the Bulldogs transition defense wasn’t up to par.

“We just went through the motions (on Saturday),” he said. “We didn’t get 32 minutes of effort from the defense.

“We can’t spot a team 25 points and try to come back from that.”

Late in the game, Bradshaw said his defense was able to make stops, but they allowed too many easy shots early in the game.

Hit with pressure defense from the start, the Bulldogs offense wasn’t able to make things happen in the beginning, Bradshaw said.

“We weren’t able to get backdoors or cuts early and we let the pressure bother us,” he said. “We were able to reduce the pressure in the second half and guys were able to spot up and get some shots off.”

Senior Angelo Raftopoulos led the Bulldogs with 20 points.

Fellow senior Dylon Camilletti added 11 points and junior Colby Haddan added 10 points.

The Bulldogs will face Steamboat Springs on Friday, and Bradshaw said the team would have to give 32 minutes of effort.

“We can’t come out flat and we need to bring the energy,” he said. “If we can do those things and limit the turnovers, we have a chance.”

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