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Demons can’t hold early lead, dropped by ‘Dogs

Post Independent Photo/Jim NoelkerGlenwood Springs High School's Jeff Screen, middle, is bracketed by Moffat County's Anthony Loughran, left and Derek Duran, right, during their game Friday night at Chavez-Spencer Gym.
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It’s not often that opponents of Glenwood Springs take more, or make more, shots from beyond the arc in a game.

But the Demons boys basketball team had a different game plan Friday night against Moffat County. And the plan worked to perfection ” for the first half, at least.

Glenwood showed off some of its best ball movement of the season, slicing and cutting to the hoop for the game’s first 14 points, but the margin wasn’t quite enough to bury the Bulldogs.



It took Moffat County 31⁄2 quarters to dig out of the first-half hole, but once the Bulldogs saw daylight there was no stopping them as Moffat County rallied for a 62-52 Class 4A Western Slope League victory at Chavez-Spencer Gym.

After trailing by 14 points at halftime, the Bulldogs put on a comeback clinic in the third and fourth quarters.



“It was really a momentum game,” Bulldog coach Mike LeWarne said. “We had what I like to call a pep talk at halftime. The back cuts were happening because our guys were not playing good defense away from the ball (in the first half). They were working hard on the ball, but not away from the ball. In the second half we had better defense away from the ball.”

Buoyed by three treys in the third quarter by Cody Palmer, Moffat County cut the Demon lead to 43-34 by the end of the frame.

In the fourth quarter, Anthony Loughran, Derek Duran and the Bulldog defense took over. Loughran tallied 15 of his team-high 22 points in the frame and Duran notched nine points ” all from the charity stripe ” in the stanza.

Moffat County went on a 9-0 run to open the fourth quarter and evened the game at 43-all when Zach Haddan hit a jumper with 4:10 left in the game.

The Demons answered with two foul shots from Sean Flohr 10 seconds later, but it was the last meaningful points Glenwood would score in the game.

Moffat County went on an 11-0 run for a 10 point lead, and didn’t allow the Demons to net their first field goals of the quarter until Flohr hit a jumper and a three-pointer in the final 20 seconds. The Bulldogs outscored Glenwood 28-9 in the fourth frame.

Sean Flohr, who hit for 11 treys in a game earlier this season, had the Demons only two three pointers, coming in the closing seconds of the third and fourth quarters. Moffat County netted seven threes, with Loughran and Palmer scoring three each.

As good as Moffat County was at the end of the game, Glenwood was equally as impressive in the opening minutes.

Using backdoor cuts rather than the outside shooting the Demons are known for this season, six different players scored in the opening 14-0 run.

“We hadn’t worked on that,” said LeWarne of the backdoor cuts. “We didn’t game plan for what they did, and that’s my fault.”

The Bulldogs’ first points of the game came almost five minutes into the contest and Moffat County was able to cut the lead to 18-17 with 5:22 left in the first half.

It was the final points of the half for Moffat, however, as the Demons Sean and Michael Flohr took over. The brothers combined for 10 points on a 12-0 Demon run to close out the half and regain the 14-point edge at halftime.

Sean Flohr paced the Demons with a game-high 24 points. Michael Flohr scored 10. Along with Loughran, Kevin Loughran, Duran and Palmer hit double digits with 15, 12 and 11, respectively.

Moffat County improves to 7-3 in the WSL (10-7 overall), while Glenwood Springs drops to 4-5 (7-9).


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