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Moffat County boys basketball taking on tough conference as Western Slope schedule starts

Moffat County High School's Connor Murphy gets in a shot straight up against Steamboat Springs. MCHS boys travel this weekend to Gunnison and Olathe.
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The next phase of the season begins this weekend as Moffat County High School boys basketball faces its opponents within the 3A Western Slope League, some of which will be among their most difficult foes.

Bulldog hoops teams travel to Gunnison Friday and Olathe Saturday to get their first glimpse of the conference.

At 2-6, MCHS boys plan to bolster their record as they take on the Cowboys and Pirates. Gunnison looks to be the more trying team at 6-2 before winter break, while Olathe is .500 at 4-4 so far.

The Bulldogs’ total win percentage puts them at ninth in the league standings, with 10-0 Coal Ridge well in front.

The Titans were briefly the top team in the 3A division, but Colorado High School Activities Association’s Thursday update of the Ratings Percentage Index saw them drop to No. 2 under 8-0 Kent Denver.

Coal Ridge tipped off the conference schedule Wednesday with a 69-41 win against 2-7 Basalt.

Gunnison ranks second in the 3A WSL, with Delta third at 5-2. While the Panthers are the only league team in the RPI top 10 — ranked ninth — the Cowboys’ relatively easy early schedule puts them at 23rd, between No. 19 Grand Valley and 4-5 Roaring Fork at 27th.

Olathe ranks 31st, while MoCo boys are 35th after their December games.

RPI details do not factor in scores, and while Coal Ridge leads the WSL by far in point count — 697 to date — Moffat County is in the middle of the pack as far as scores with 393 points across eight matches.

Bulldog boys basketball will travel again Jan. 15 against Summit for a non-conference game, while both MCHS boys and girls teams return to Craig Jan. 18 and 19, bringing in Grand Valley and Cedaredge, both boys teams currently 4-3.