Boys basketball starts with split |

Boys basketball starts with split

David Pressgrove

The Moffat County High School boy’s basketball team played two complete halves in their opening weekend of play. The only problem is, they played two games.

“We took a while to get thing going against Basalt, but we played well in the second half,” coach Mike LeWarne said. “Then we shot the ball well against Summit in the first half but struggled in the second.”

By playing well half of the time, the Bulldogs came away with a .500 record. Moffat County beat Basalt, 53-44, and lost to Summit, 39-51.

“It seemed like we were a step slow on defense,” LeWarne said. “And we didn’t score as much as I thought we were going to.”

Friday Moffat County trailed by four against Basalt at halftime. In the third quarter, the Bulldogs scored 21 points to Basalt’s nine. Juniors Chance Buckner and Zach Haddan both had three three-point goals in the game, leading the team with 15 and 12 points, respectively. Haddan had two threes in the fourth quarter to help hold off the Class 3A Longhorns.

LeWarne was pleased in the way his team handled the Longhorns, who had outplayed the Bulldogs the weekend before in a scrimmage.

“We had a scouting report and knew of some things we could exploit,” he said. “We played much better than the week before.”

The ‘Dogs jumped ahead in their home opener Saturday against Summit, 15-12. They went into halftime up by one point, 24-23.

In the second half, the Tigers took control, outscoring Moffat 28-15.

Junior Kevin Loughran led the Bulldogs with 12 points, and Haddan left early in the fourth quarter with a knee and ankle injury. He scored 10 points and hopes to return before Christmas break starts.

One thing that LeWarne said he hoped to see more of from his team was more transition points.

“We only had six fast-break points all weekend,” he said. “We are a team that can get out and run the ball.”

On Saturday, the Bulldogs travel to Evergreen to face a traditionally tough Cougar team.

“They beat a good 5A school in Dakota Ridge last weekend,” LeWarne said. “They lost a lot of guys, but they have a good JV team.”

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