MCHS boys fall in league opener
A strong performance by the reigning Western Slope League player of the year stifled the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team in a 63-50 home loss Saturday to the Glenwood Springs Demons.
Despite the outcome, Bulldogs head coach David Bradshaw said his team came out with great effort.
“We lost the game, but defensively we battled great,” MCHS’ first year coach said. “The effort was absolutely there and I am proud of the team.”
After trailing by eight after the first quarter, the Bulldogs clawed back and were able to go into the half with only a three-point deficit thanks to back-to-back three-pointers by MCHS seniors Chet Harvey and Dylon Camilletti.
Glenwood Springs’ Kevin Flohr, last season’s league player of the year, hit a three to open the second half, which led to the Demons stretching their advantage to double digits at one point in the third quarter.
Bradshaw said the team’s game plan to contain Flohr allowed Glenwood Springs to open up the floor.
“(Glenwood Springs) is a good team with one of the best shooters in the state,” he said. “We concentrated on Flohr and had to sacrifice other aspects on defense, and the Glenwood Springs coaches took advantage of that, which is a credit to them.”
Flohr finished the game with 31 points.
Bulldogs senior Zach Raftopoulos was able to get a steal and a lay-up to end the third quarter, pulling MCHS within four points, 47-43.
Colby Haddan, an MCHS junior, said the team has had a problem all year after breaks.
“We always seem to come out flat after breaks,” he said. “We have to try and play hard for all 32 minutes of the game.”
Agreeing with Bradshaw, Haddan said the Bulldogs defense really stepped it up Saturday.
“This was our best game defensively all year,” he said. “We battled hard and shut down the floor for (Glenwood Springs) at times.”
While the Bulldogs were in the game until the fourth quarter, Haddan said the offense still has some work to do.
“We broke down in the second half and everyone tried to do too much,” he said. “We did pretty good offensively, but we got a little impatient at times.”
Although some shots didn’t go the Bulldogs way, Bradshaw said the team’s performance proved they could compete in the league.
“As long as the effort is there from all of the guys and we battle all 32 minutes, I think we can get through the league,” he said. “Basketball is a mental game, so we just can’t afford any mental lapses against good teams.”
Bradshaw said the league this year is good at the top and the bottom.
“Our league play should be an absolute battle from the top to the bottom,” he said. “If we put forth the effort, the defense and the offense will take OK.”
Camilletti led the Bulldogs with 13 points and Haddan added 10 points for MCHS.
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