Bulldogs prepare for home opener
One thing is certain on Friday nightthe Bulldogs will win.
That’s right the Moffat Count High School boys varsity basketball team will have its home opener at 7 p.m. Friday against the Palisade Bulldogs. The junior varsity team starts the evening at 5:30 p.m.
The Bulldogs finished the Golden/Alameda tournment with a 1-2 record and coach Blaine Corlett was satisfied with the way his team played.
“They (players) felt really good about the weekend,” said Corlett before Wednesday practice. “The main objection early is to play well and learn the things that you need to work on.”
The Palisade Bulldogs come into the game with a 5-0 record. So far this season, Palisade has beaten Delta, Steamboat Springs, and Glenwood Springs all league teams.
“Palisade has beaten three teams in our league,” said Corlett. “The game will be a good barometer to see where we are at this point of the season.”
According to Corlett, the Bulldogs will have to be on their heels defensively.
“They run what you call the Princaton offense,” said Corlett. “They like to back-door you. They have one kid that averages about 18 points per game and one kid that averages about 14 points a game. They don’t like to go up and down the floor. If we can get them to play our game we will be fine and that will be to our advantage. I think that it will be a really good matchup.”
The Bulldogs hope to benefit from the homecourt advantage.
“If we can get on a roll our gym will go crazy,” said Corlett. “We are looking forward to being in front of the home crowd. That’s what you work for to play in your home gym against an undefeated team.”
Saturday, the Bulldogs face the Basalt Longhorns. Starting time for the varsity is 4:30 p.m. The freshman will begin the afternoon at noon and the junior varsity team follows at 1:30 p.m.
“I don’t know a whole lot about Basalt,” said Corlett. “I have seen a couple of scores and they scored in the 80s and 90s. They are a up and down team.”
The Bulldogs will continue going with the starting lineup of Jeff Gaylord, a junior, and Justin Magnuson, a senior, in the post. The guards will be Adam Peer, a senior, Eric Duran, a senior, and Kevin Voorhees, a junior.
Coming off the bench for the Bulldogs will be sophomore Kyle Hazelwood, junior C.J. Rugh, junior Mark Turner, senior Matt Johnston, junior Chris Bergmann and junior Jared Burns.
“Last weekend, we played a lot of tough teams that will help us prepare for league play,” said Voorhees. “Against Palisade, we will need to rebound and play good defense.”