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MCHS boys basketball falls flat offensively in loss

Joshua Gordon
Braeden Sullivan, a Moffat County High School senior, looks to get the ball inside Tuesday against Steamboat Springs at MCHS. The MCHS boys varsity basketball team struggled offensively in a 54-32 loss to the Sailors.
Joshua Gordon

Results ...

Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Tuesday against Steamboat Springs High School:

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

• Moffat County — 9 — 8 — 5 — 10 — 32

• Steamboat — 8 — 19 — 7 — 20 — 54

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Taft Cleverly — 8

• Andy Browning — 6

• Colby Haddan — 4

Steamboat leading scorers:

• Jake Miller — 17

• Justin Ditter — 12

• Eric Trousil — 9

• Kit Croop — 9

Results …

Box score from the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team’s game Tuesday against Steamboat Springs High School:

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

• Moffat County — 9 — 8 — 5 — 10 — 32



• Steamboat — 8 — 19 — 7 — 20 — 54

MCHS leading scorers:



(Name — points)

• Taft Cleverly — 8

• Andy Browning — 6

• Colby Haddan — 4

Steamboat leading scorers:

• Jake Miller — 17

• Justin Ditter — 12

• Eric Trousil — 9

• Kit Croop — 9

The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team jumped out to an early 9-8 lead in Tuesday’s contest with Steamboat Springs.

The Bulldogs stopped the Sailors from getting the ball inside in the first quarter and made good use of their open shots.

But, Steamboat made adjustments before the second quarter and used an 11-0 run to open the period and take a 19-9 lead.

The Sailors never relinquished the lead en route to a 54-32 win at MCHS.

“(Steamboat) was deliberate and made very few errors,” MCHS head coach Eric Hamilton said. “They worked for their open shots and they were disciplined and really well coached.

“Their coach had an adjustment for everything I did, so I was just outcoached.”

Steamboat (7-9 overall, 3-3 Western Slope League) opened the second quarter with a 3-pointer from sophomore Carter Kounovsky and senior Kit Croop hit a 3-pointer seconds later to give the Sailors the lead.

Steamboat head coach Luke DeWolfe said he wasn’t surprised by the first quarter and told his team to just stick to the game plan no matter the score.

“(Moffat County) always plays well here and they were shooting well early,” DeWolfe said. “For us, we had to stay patient and execute our game plan. If we had some offensive lulls, we knew our defense could carry us.”

MCHS sophomore Taft Cleverly led the Bulldogs with eight points and senior Andy Browning scored six points.

Steamboat senior Jake Miller scored 17 points to lead the Sailors and junior Justin Ditter added 12.

Hamilton said the Bulldogs usually get out to a fast start, but when pressured, they stopped playing as a team.

“I thought we matched up athletically with them, but they executed and didn’t make mistakes,” he said.

“We attacked really good to start the game with team work, but Steamboat adjusted and we ended up not playing as a team the rest of the game.”

DeWolfe said turnovers were one of the key factors in the game.

“Our defense did a good job of pressuring the ball and that created a lot of turnovers,” he said. “We had a good team effort and executed in the areas that we wanted to (Tuesday).”

Moffat County is off until Feb. 3 and Steamboat goes on the road to battle Glenwood Springs at 2 p.m. Saturday.

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