Moffat County boys hoops dominate Eagle Valley Devils, 58-15 |

Moffat County boys hoops dominate Eagle Valley Devils, 58-15

Team to meet Denver Christian, Colorado Academy in Steamboat Shoot-Out

Moffat County High School senior Matt Hamilton eyes the hoop during the Bulldogs' varsity basketball game against Eagle Valley in the first round of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out Thursday afternoon. The 58-15 MCHS victory was the first win of the season.
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After an opening weekend that left them 0-2 to start the season, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team came back with a vengeance.

In the first segment of the three-day Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, MCHS picked up its first win, a 58-15 victory over the 0-4 Eagle Valley.

Things were quiet as the second quarter came to a close with the Bulldogs leading the Devils, 16-11. However, the easy-going tone was soon to change.

After halftime, Moffat County held nothing back, running roughshod over its Gypsum opponents, scoring 31 points in the third quarter and defense holding Eagle Valley to only three.

“The intensity level was completely different than in the first half,” said MCHS coach Eric Hamilton. “We had good team defense putting on the pressure, and that really opened up our offense. We really rebounded well, too.”

The Bulldog tear slowed down a bit in the final quarter, picking up 11 points, while the clampdown on the Devils only increased, with Eagle Valley scoring a single free throw to end it.

Joe Camilletti and Matt Hamilton led scoring with 10 points apiece, followed by Tyler Davis with nine, Dusty Taylor and Phillip Chadwick each with eight and Denton Taylor with five. Keenan Hildebrandt and Jordan Najera each put in four to the total.

“The whole team’s really contributing,” the coach said.

He added that after a triple overtime defeat against The Pinnacle, of Federal Heights, during last weekend’s Kent Denver tournament, the group’s confidence is back where it needs to be as they prepare to meet Denver Christian Friday and Colorado Academy Saturday as the Shoot-Out continues.

“They had a lot of fun and got fired up,” he said. “We need to keep the momentum going because we know Denver Christian’s going to be a lot tougher.”

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