Points were plentiful, but Moffat County boys basketball was on the wrong side of the scoreboard with dual losses in their first weekend back from winter break.
The Bulldogs fell 79-68 Friday evening, Jan. 6, in Granby against the Middle Park Panthers as they returned to the court for the first time in weeks.
MoCo held a healthy 22-12 lead in the first quarter only for Middle Park to whittle it down to a two-point margin of 40-38 by halftime. The game stayed close until the Panthers’ monster 27-point fourth frame that helped them take the win.
Junior Bryant Carlson led both teams in scoring with a scoring spree of 32 points — 13 of 16 in shooting with 10 field goals, three 3-pointers, and three free throws — along with 14 points for senior Cort Murphy and 12 for junior Hudson Jones.
MCHS opened 4A Western Slope League play Saturday, Jan. 7, with the Coal Ridge Titans, who earned a 61-52 win over the Dogs.
The energy went much the same with an explosive opening — 17-9 Moffat in the first quarter — before the visitors caught up and cruised to victory in the second half.
Carlson again led both benches in points, this time with 19, followed by Jones with 16. The Bulldogs will continue to see 4A WSL opponents this weekend, traveling Friday, Jan. 13, to Aspen, whom they defeated in tournament play in December, followed by a home game against Basalt on Saturday, Jan. 14.
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