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MCHS boys basketball team can’t hang with Grand Junction, fall 70-37

Joshua Gordon
Braeden Sullivan, a Moffat County High School senior, dribbles around a Grand Junction defender Tuesday night while fellow senior Zach Raftopoulos sets a pick. The Grand Junction Tigers’ aggressive play was too much for the Bulldogs, who dropped their seventh straight, 70-37.
Joshua Gordon

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

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

Moffat County – 7 – 13 – 7 – 10 — 37

Grand Junction – 19 – 18 – 19 – 14 — 70

MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Colby Haddan — 13

• Dylon Camilletti — 8

• Chet Harvey — 6





Braeden Sullivan, a Moffat County High School senior, dribbles around a Grand Junction defender Tuesday night while fellow senior Zach Raftopoulos sets a pick. The Grand Junction Tigers’ aggressive play was too much for the Bulldogs, who dropped their seventh straight, 70-37.
Joshua Gordon

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

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

Moffat County – 7 – 13 – 7 – 10 — 37

Grand Junction – 19 – 18 – 19 – 14 — 70



MCHS leading scorers:

(Name — points)

• Colby Haddan — 13



• Dylon Camilletti — 8

• Chet Harvey — 6

The visiting Grand Junction High School Tigers brought a degree of skill, size and athleticism to the Moffat County High School gymnasium Tuesday night that the Bulldogs hadn’t seen this season.

And, judging by the final, it was a combination the boys varsity basketball team hopes it won’t see again.

“(Grand Junction) is a good, athletic team and we won’t see many other teams like them,” MCHS senior Dylon Camilletti said. “They are fast and big.”

The Tigers set the tempo early with aggressive play and never let up as the Bulldogs lost in a rout on their home floor, 70-37.

Whether on offense or defense, Camilletti said MCHS had a hard time keeping up with Grand Junction.

“On offense, they had really good man pressure and we couldn’t get our offensive sets going,” he said. “On defense, we tried a 2-3 zone, which we’ve had success with, but they just moved the ball around the baseline and in the post well.

“They had a lot of open shots and made some really tough lay-ups.”

The Bulldogs hung with the Tigers early in the first quarter, but Grand Junction pulled away to end the first, 19-7.

MCHS was never able to mount a comeback.

Colby Haddan, an MCHS junior, said the Bulldogs didn’t match up well with Grand Junction.

“(Grand Junction) is bigger, but you have to expect that from a school three times our size,” he said. “When they had the ball, they moved it well, but we couldn’t keep up with it.”

Haddan, who led the Bulldogs with 13 points, said the team was able to move the ball on offense early.

“At times, in the beginning of the game, we had some good backdoor looks,” he said. “When they applied the pressure, we just kind of stood around and our offense became stagnant.

“They contained Zach (Raftopoulos) pretty well, so we will have to work in practice on moving without the ball to get open.”

To try and counter the Tigers aggressive defense, MCHS head coach David Bradshaw said the Bulldogs had a game plan that worked early in the game.

“We took advantage of their aggressiveness early with some good looks, but after awhile it was tough to get anything going,” he said. “They pressed the wings and had heavy ball pressure on the point guards.”

Bradshaw said his team probably won’t face a team like Grand Junction again this season.

“They were really aggressive and athletic,” he said. “They challenged us, but we don’t have a team like this in our league.”

Camilletti said while his team lost, it was a good game to get them ready for league play again this weekend.

“They were very athletic and quick and we had to play at a faster tempo, so I think it will help when we start playing in our league again,” he said.

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