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Hoops: Moffat County downs Aspen

A 20-point deficit was too much to overcome, and the Aspen boys basketball team played from behind for the entire road game against Moffat County, an eventual 45-35 loss.

Aspen head coach Steve Ketchum didn’t have many answers for how the Bulldogs (7-1) forced turnovers at will against his Skiers (6-2) on Saturday evening.

“(Moffat County) is a super-talented, really athletic and extremely hot basketball team,” Ketchum said. “We had a very poor start by our guys, a lackluster defense and poor shooting. They looked like the best team by far in the league.”

Ketchum said his team quickly went down by 10 points because of turnovers and mishandled passes.

Nearing halftime, the Skiers cut the lead to three, but the Bulldogs scored back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 25-16.

The Bulldogs led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, prompting Ketchum to turn to his bench with the fourth quarter winding down.

“I don’t have an explanation for how we played so well in the opening weekend and now we’re playing very bad individually and as a team,” Ketchum said.

Josh Baker led Aspen with 10 points, while Trent Lichtenwalter pitched in eight.

Aspen hosts Roaring Fork on Friday.

The Aspen girls basketball team scored just four points in the first half – two in each quarter – and Moffat County rolled to a 62-19 win.

The Bulldogs (7-1) led 27-4 at the half and then outscored the Skiers 23-8 in the third quarter. The defeat marked Aspen’s fifth loss of more than 20 points this season.

Aspen (2-6) next hosts Roaring Fork on Friday.