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Bulldogs finish first against Eagle Valley

Transition was the common thread in comments after the Moffat County boys’ victory against Eagle Valley on Saturday night. Moffat County won, 76-51.

“We got the inside game established early on,” Jarrod Holmlund said. “We’re big, but fast — quick in the transition.”

“We run all the time in practice,” J.T. Hadden said. “The quick transition, that’s what we do best.”

Whatever the strategy, it worked for the Bulldogs, as they climbed to 40-24 lead by the half.

Visiting coach Pat Gabriel said, “There were times in the first half we could have gotten back in it, but then, (Derek) Duran hit that 3-pointer, and it was out of reach after that.”

Duran agreed. “We came out and got on top, got a good lead, and then we figured how to stop No. 11.” he said.

No. 11 for the Devils, 6-6 forward John Gabriel, finished the game with 31 points.

That didn’t matter to the Bulldogs, because they capitalized on a technical foul about a minute and a half into the second half, just after Duran scored on a finger-roll.

Evan Hertzog hit both shots on the technical, and the Bulldogs went on a 10-point run.

“We’ve got three big guys inside,” said Holmlund, who finished with 16 points.

Duran led the Bulldogs with 21 points.

“After that technical, the momentum just started to build,” he said. “We capitalized on it.”

The Bulldogs were on a four-game winning streak before dropping a tough one to Battle Mountain on Friday night.

Dan Olsen can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 208, or dolsen@craigdailypress.com.

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