Moffat County C-Teams give A-plus effort in home tourney
January 13, 2019
With few athletic events taking place throughout December and even fewer happenings during the lull of winter break, the Moffat County High School gym has been a relatively quiet place.
That came to an end Saturday.
The Bulldog Tournament hosted by MCHS C-Team basketball had action running at the high school and Craig Middle School the full day as the Dogs brought in competitors from Steamboat Springs, Meeker and Uintah.
The boys team went 1-2, starting with an early loss of 28-20 against the Sailors, with Donnie Quick leading MoCo in points with seven.
The home team rebounded greatly against Meeker in the next round, winning 55-29 over the Cowboys, with 20 points going to Hector Salazar between field goals and free throws.
Tanner Etzler sunk three-pointers across the day in each game, including back-to-back outside buckets against Uintah of Vernal, Utah, that gave the Bulldogs an extra boost early in their final game of the tournament.
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However, the Utes got on a run in the second half to beat MCHS 49-35.
“Uintah is a tough team, and our guys played unbelievably hard,” boys C-Team coach Matt Hamilton said.
The girls had little trouble throughout the day, starting with a morning beatdown of Steamboat, 55-6, with Amber Salazar posting 22 points.
Bree Meats made it a contest during the following round against Meeker, earning 18 points in the 40-24 win.
Lady Bulldogs made it a clean sweep in the final round with a narrow 24-20 win against Uintah. Limited to only six players during all three games, the number dwindled to five when Amber Salazar fouled out late in the game.
“If you’re going to foul out, that’s a good way to do it in the last two minutes, in my opinion,” said girls C-Team coach Shay Steffan.
Salazar nonetheless led scoring again, with 11 points.
Steffan said she was especially proud of her players’ performance in the Uintah game after last year’s massacre at the hands of the Utes in the MCHS home tourney.
“We were working really hard to prepare them not having the numbers, but they pulled through and played awesome,” she said.