Moffat County boys basketball picks up second win in a row, topping Meeker 59-50 Tuesday
The Bulldogs needed overtime to take down the Cowboys in Meeker.
Fresh off of a big win over the Delta Panthers Saturday in 3A Western Slope League action, the Moffat County Bulldogs’ boys basketball team made the trip south to Meeker Tuesday night to take on the Meeker Cowboys in non-league action.
Unlike Saturday’s win, the Bulldogs needed an overtime session Tuesday night to knock off the Cowboys, 59-50, moving above .500 on the season at 5-4.
Tuesday’s non-league battle between the Bulldogs and Cowboys started slowly as the two teams combined for just 13 points in the first quarter as Moffat County held an 8-5 lead after eight minutes of action.
Following a slow first quarter, the Bulldogs and Cowboys found their offensive game. In the second, Moffat County outscored Meeker 16-9 to take a 24-14 lead at the half behind a key block and layup by junior Myles Simpson, and late free throws by senior Wesley Counts.
Despite the strong first half, the Bulldogs came apart in the second half, allowing the Cowboys to battle back from a 35-21 deficit to force overtime. The Bulldogs were outscored in the final frame 15-9, as they got into foul trouble late Tuesday night, allowing the Cowboys to battle back and tie the game at 48-48 with 29 seconds left on a 3-pointer from Ethan Drake.
Moffat County righted the ship in overtime though, outscoring the Cowboys 11-2 in the extra session, pulling away for the 9-point win.
Counts’ 15 points led the Bulldogs. Counts scored most of his points from the charity stripe as he contributed eight points at the line.
Moffat County had a balanced scoring attack Tuesday night as eight players scored at least three points, with the three leading scorers in Counts, Simpson and junior Jordan Carlson combining for 34 points in the win.
Sitting at 5-4 (1-1 3A WSL) on the year, the Bulldogs return to action on Friday, Feb. 26 at home when they welcome the Grand Valley Cardinals to Moffat County High School for a league matchup. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.
Girls basketball will also return to action Friday night at Moffat County High School as the Bulldogs (5-3, 1-1 3A WSL) take on the Grand Valley Cardinals in league action at 6 p.m.
Following Friday night’s home hoops action, Moffat County hits the road for a long trip to Gunnison to take on the Cowboys Saturday. The girls game tips off at noon, with the boys following at 1:30 p.m.
Other MCHS athletics action
Moffat County wrestling traveled to Steamboat Springs Thursday night to take on the Sailors. Full wrestling coverage can be found online at craigdailypress.com/sports.
The Bulldogs’ wrestling team hits the road again Friday night for a quad dual against Coal Ridge, Summit and Hotchkiss in New Castle at 5 p.m.
Girls swimming returns to the pool on Saturday at 8 a.m. for the regular season finale at Montrose. Saturday’s meet will be the last attempt for swimmers to qualify for regionals March 5.
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