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MCHS boys freshmen hoops team caps undefeated tourney with OT win

Joshua Gordon
Joe Camilletti, a Moffat County High School freshman, goes up for a shot over two Union High School players Saturday during the Moffat County High School Tournament at MCHS. Camilletti hit an off-balance jumper in overtime against Union to give the MCHS boys freshmen basketball team a 41-39 victory and a perfect 3-0 record in the Bulldogs home tournament.
Joshua Gordon

Results ...

Results from the MCHS boys freshmen basketball team’s performance in the Moffat County High School Tournament on Saturday at MCHS:

Game 1

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)

MCHS — 21 — 25 — 46

• Uintah — 18 — 24 — 42

Game 2

MCHS — 28 — 27 — 55

• Meeker — 11 — 17 — 28

Game 3

MCHS — 22 — 17 — 2 — 41

• Union — 13 — 26 — 0 — 39

— MCHS went 3-0 in the tournament.

Results …

Results from the MCHS boys freshmen basketball team’s performance in the Moffat County High School Tournament on Saturday at MCHS:

Game 1

(Team — 1st half — 2nd half — final)



MCHS — 21 — 25 — 46

• Uintah — 18 — 24 — 42



Game 2

MCHS — 28 — 27 — 55

• Meeker — 11 — 17 — 28

Game 3

MCHS — 22 — 17 — 2 — 41

• Union — 13 — 26 — 0 — 39

— MCHS went 3-0 in the tournament.

The Moffat County High School boys freshmen basketball team saw a six-point lead in the final minute of Saturday’s game against Union High School quickly evaporate.

The Bulldogs led almost the entire way in their third and final game of the Moffat County High School Tournament at MCHS.

But with a minute left, Union hit a 3-pointer to pull within three.

Union stopped the Bulldogs on the ensuing possession and again, with five seconds remaining, hit a 3-pointer to tie the game and send the game to overtime.

That didn’t faze Joe Camilletti.

The Bulldogs won the tip in an unusual sudden-death overtime where the first team to make a bucket wins. Camilletti dribbled just inside the arc before shooting the ball from an off-balance position.

The ball dropped and the Bulldogs wrapped up a 41-39 victory and a perfect 3-0 record in their home tournament.

“I was just trying to get fouled, so I shot the ball and hoped it would go in,” Camilletti said. “We played really good (Saturday) and moved the ball and ran the floor, so I was pretty excited when it went in.”

The Bulldogs tried to pull away numerous times throughout the game, but Union always fought back.

Each game in the tournament consisted of two 20-minute halves with a running clock.

MCHS led Union, 22-13, at the break, but Union used a 12-4 run to pull within one at 26-25.

The Bulldogs took an eight-point lead, 33-25, with only a few minutes left to play, but again Union battled back.

Head coach Jim Loughran said the adversity was good for his players.

“I felt this freshmen group grew a little with running our offense in a tight game,” Loughran said. “At the end of the game, we knew they needed a three to get back in the game but we left a man open.

“They learned to play in a tight game and won it.”

Camilletti led the Bulldogs against Union with 16 points and Miguel Cruz added 10.

The Bulldogs beat Uintah High School in the first game, 46-42, and dominated Meeker in the second game, 55-28.

Loughran said the Uintah game came down to his team making free throws, and again Camilletti led the way.

In both the Uintah and Union games, Loughran said his team’s defense was solid but his squad didn’t buckle down the entire time.

“At times, we were really good (defensively), but other times we kind of lost it,” he said. “We let the teams penetrate inside and we had some unnecessary fouls from our big guys.”

Given the choice, Camilletti said he would choose an overtime game over a blowout any day.

“Overtime games make you work harder, so I would rather play in those,” he said. “Our offense really got going in the tight games and we all just stepped up and made our shots.”

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