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Poor shooting costs Bulldogs

GRAND JUNCTION — Three games in five days, including Friday’s come-from-behind victory, was too much for the Moffat County boys basketball team.

At least that’s the way it looked Saturday in a 60-45 loss to Grand Junction Central.

“That wasn’t Moffat County basketball,” senior Kevin Loughran said after the game. “We didn’t have anything in the second half today.”

The Bulldogs shot an icy-cold 13-for-55. That equates to 23.6 percent. To add to the shooting woes, the Bulldogs were 1-13 from three-point land.

“We didn’t hit open looks tonight,” coach Scott Parker said. “Nothing would fall for us, and maybe part of that is because we were tired.”

From the start, Moffat struggled offensively. The Bulldogs didn’t score on their first seven possessions as the Warriors opened up a 7-0 lead.

The Bulldogs whittled away at the lead the final five minutes of the quarter. After the first eight minutes, the Warriors led 13-12.

Moffat County again didn’t score for the first three minutes of the second quarter, but the team stayed in the game by creating turnovers on defense.

“Our full-court pressure in the first half paid off,” Parker said.

With 1:31 left in the first half, senior Derek Duran tied the game at 19 with two free throws. The Bulldogs went into half time ahead, 23-22.

The Bulldogs had to feel pretty good with the lead at halftime after making only five field goals in the first half. Ten of their points came from free throws.

In the second half, the Bulldogs’ defensive pressure didn’t create turnovers for Moffat County. A 9-0 run by Central in the third quarter put the Warriors up, 37-27.

The Bulldogs continued to miss, and the Warriors’ lead kept growing.

Frustration for the Bulldogs grew with Central’s lead. Parker and junior Evan Hertzog were called for a technical fouls out of frustration with officials in the fourth quarter.

At that point, the game was already out of reach.

Central lead by as many as 18 points in the fourth quarter.

Loughran, who has been averaging double figures, finished the game with one point.

“We had enough to make a run in the first half,” he said. “But I think that was about all we had. It was a frustrating night.”

Duran led the Bulldogs with 20 points, half of which were from free throws. Central’s Tyler Grandbouche had 15, and Sam Greenwald had 13.

The Bulldogs will have until Wednesday to rest and prepare for the Flaming Gorge Tournament in Rock Springs, Wyo.

“It will be good to go play some more quality reams,” Parker said. “The guys will learn from this, and we’ll come back better next week.”

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