Sailors sent packing
Moffat County boys rip Steamboat
Craig — The Steamboat Springs Sailors led Thursday night’s game for a whole 20 seconds.
When senior Ryan Scheer hit a 3-point shot in the first two minutes of the Moffat County vs. Steamboat Springs game, it was the only time the Sailors took the lead.
The Moffat County Bulldogs then regained the lead, and held on to it for the rest of the game, winning the second meeting of the two teams, 61-38.
“They plain outhustled us and outworked us,” Sailors coach Kelly Meek said. “They just showed more work ethic than us tonight.”
Both sides of the court were dominated by the Bulldogs, who had three players score in the double digits (Kyle Hazelwood 18, Mike Charchalis 16 and Pablo Loya 13), while holding all of the Sailors under 10 points.
The Sailors’ scoring was led by junior Cory Moore with 8 and Scheer with 9.
The Bulldogs opened the first quarter scoring 12 points, while holding the Sailors to 9. The quarter was marked with a mass of turnovers by both teams.
Going into the second, the Sailors stayed within two points of the Bulldogs, but kept Moffat County scoring by sending the Bulldogs to the line eight times, where they capitalized off five.
The game went into halftime with the Bulldogs up 24-20.
“We felt we held the momentum of the game from the tip-off,” Moffat Count senior point guard Kyle Hazelwood said. “We just played tough defense, and our offense followed.”
The third quarter opened up with the Bulldogs scoring six uncontested points, until Moore broke the Sailors’ drought three minutes into the quarter by scoring two.
With tenacious rebounding by the Bulldogs’ senior forward Charchalis, who created five turnovers in the game, the Bulldogs kept the Sailors to five points in the third.
This was also the quarter where the state’s leading 3-point shooter, junior Loya, started to heat up and hit two of his total three shots from beyond the arc.
The Bulldogs kept their offensive and defensive charge heading into the fourth quarter, scoring another 15, and holding the Sailors’ late-game rally to only 13 points.
The loss marks the third in a row for the Sailors, who dropped both of last weekend’s games against Delta and Palisade.
The Bulldogs are now tied with the Sailors for the fourth-place spot in the Western Slope Conference.
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