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Moffat County boys basketball finish Steamboat tourney with wins, loss

Weekend ends with 77-65 loss to Colorado Academy

Moffat County High School senior Joe Camilletti angles for a shot during the Bulldogs' game against Eagle Valley at the Steamboat Shoot-Out. MCHS was 2-1 at the three-day basketball tournament, defeating Eagle Valley and Denver Christian and falling, 77-65, on Saturday to Colorado Academy.

The second tournament of the early season had ups and downs for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, but either way, it helped them get their heads in the right place as they go into a monthlong hiatus from gameplay.

MCHS was 2-1 during the three-day Steamboat Shoot-Out, claiming wins against Eagle Valley (58-15) and Denver Christian (71-54) on Thursday and Friday before losing, 77-65, against the Mustangs, of Colorado Academy, on Saturday morning.

The Bulldogs held a five-point lead at halftime in their final game, but unlike in their previous match-ups, the second half was Moffat County's undoing, as Colorado Academy outscored them 25-11 in the third quarter and kept at it for the rest of the game.

Coach Eric Hamilton pointed to Mustang Justin Bassey as a key component of the Denver school's win, picking up 29 total points.

"He's quite the player," Hamilton said.

Fouls were a problem but scoring was not, the coach said, noting the perimeter work of seniors Tyler Davis and Jordan Najera, each of whom nailed six 3-pointers and 22 total points in the game.

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"They're all playing hard, and they have great intensity and poise," he said. "They're very coachable."

The Bulldogs are 2-3 so far with neutral tournament results from the past two weeks.

With winter break nearing, varsity won't play its next game until Jan. 9, traveling to Gunnison. Before that, a scrimmage in Steamboat will help shake off the aftereffects of the holiday.

Hamilton said he thinks the Shoot-Out helped reinvigorate his squad and helped his players be ready to come back from Christmas hungry for some wins.

"We feel really good about where we're at, at this point in the season," Hamilton said. "We'll keep working hard, and we've got a lot of practices yet. We feel real confident going into league play."

Elsewhere, the junior varsity and C team attended the Meeker Shootout, going 1-2 and 2-1, respectively. The C team won against Rangely and Mancos and was defeated by Vail Christian in between the two games.

JV coach Mark Carlson said his team fielded only six players, which made it difficult against some more seasoned players, losing to Rangely and Soroco but picking up a victory against Caprock Academy.

A highlight of the Rangely game was a half-court shot by freshman Kasen Brennise that shocked everyone.

"The kids played pretty good for not having many subs and playing against varsity," he said. "They fought pretty hard."

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Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball Steamboat Shoot-Out scoring results

MCHS vs. Eagle Valley, 58-15 win

Player, points

Joe Camilletti, 10

Matt Hamilton, 10

Tyler Davis, 9

Dusty Taylor, 8

Phillip Chadwick, 8

Denton Taylor, 5

Keenan Hildebrandt, 4

Jordan Najera, 4

MCHS vs. Denver Christian, 71-54 win

Joe Camilletti, 18

Matt Hamilton, 12

Tyler Davis, 11

Jordan Najera, 8

Denton Taylor, 8

Keenan Hildebrandt, 6

Phillip Chadwick, 4

Dusty Taylor, 4

MCHS vs. Colorado Academy, 77-65 loss

Tyler Davis, 22

Jordan Najera, 22

Matt Hamilton, 8

Denton Taylor, 5

Joe Camilletti, 4

Phillip Chadwick, 4