Boys drop heartbreaker
Basalt too much for Bulldogs in season opener
The Bulldogs only trailed in their season opener against Basalt for 4.7 seconds.
It just happened to be the final 4.7 of the game.
Despite opening the game with a 10-0 lead and leading by as many as 15 in the fourth quarter, the Bulldogs fell to the Longhorns, 64-63.
“We just need to learn from this,” Moffat County coach Scott Parker said.
Friday’s game was Parker’s first as the Bulldogs’ head coach.
The game was tied with less than a minute to play when Moffat County senior Kevin Loughran put the Bulldogs up by two.
If it hadn’t been for Basalt’s Ben Pollock, Loughran’s basket would have been the story of the game.
But with less than five seconds to play and a swarm of defenders around him, Pollock hit a fade-away 3-pointer to put the game away.
Pollock, a senior guard, led all Basalt scorers with 19 points.
“It felt great,” Pollock said after the game.
Parker was quick to give Pollock credit for hitting a great shot to win the game, but he said the Bulldogs shouldn’t have put Pollock in a situation to win the game.
“The game should have never been there,” Parker said.
Parker said the Longhorns won the game at the foul line, where they were 16-for-22. The Bulldogs were 3-for-7 from the charity stripe.
“We didn’t get to the foul line enough, and we put them at the foul line too much,” Parker said. “We gave them too many points when the clock was stopped.”
The Bulldogs were led by Senior Derek Duran, who finished with 21 points. Sophomore JT Haddan chipped in 15.
Loughran finished with 13 points but got called for a technical foul during a 10-0 run by Basalt in the fourth quarter.
Loughran said afterward that the foul was frustration on his part.
“It was my fault,” he said.
The loss will sting for a while, Loughran said, but the team will put it behind them before today’s game at Summit.
For 3A Basalt, Friday’s win was the second in as many nights against a 4A squad.
They beat Rifle, 63-41, on Thursday.
Basalt coach Michael Green said the team starts the season against bigger schools every year, but it usually equates to a rough start.
But the team’s seniors, including Pollock, have been through the rough starts and learned from it, he said.
“It’s nice to be on the other side of the coin,” Green said.
Although Friday was a tough night for Moffat County’s varsity squad, it was a different story for the freshman and junior varsity teams.
Junior varsity beat the Longhorns, 92-51, and the freshman laid a 110-14 beating on Basalt.
Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or email@example.com.
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