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Moffat County defeats Aspen

Staff report
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

PALISADE, Colo. – The Aspen Skiers staged one of their biggest comebacks of the basketball season Friday night in Palisade.

But the rally came up short.

The Aspen High School boys basketball team lost a tough 59-52 decision to Moffat County in the semifinals of the Western Slope League Tournament.

In a matchup of two 17-3 teams, the Bulldogs used stellar performances in the first and fourth quarters to take the win from the Skiers, ending their 11-game winning streak.

Plus, the Moffat County defense limited Aspen to single-digit scoring in those same quarters. Aspen was limited to five points in the first quarter and the Skiers managed only six points in the fourth quarter.

After trailing 13-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Skiers bounced back with a big

19-point second quarter.

Aspen whittled Moffat County’s lead to only four points entering the four quarter, 43-49.

The Skiers promptly tied the game, 46-46, with 4:15 to play, but the Bulldogs went on a decisive 7-2 run over the next 3 minutes. They converted foul shots down the stretch for the final 7-point victory.

The two teams split during the regular season. Moffat County won 45-35 at Craig, and the Skiers on 62-49 in Aspen.

Moffat County (18-3) will play No. 1 seed Roaring Fork (18-3) this afternoon for the Western Slope League Tournament championship.

Roaring Fork eliminated Basalt 44-26 earlier Friday.

In the girls tournament, No. 1 Moffat County will take on No. 2 Olathe for the title Saturday.

Moffat County beat No. 4 Roaring Fork 39-38 on Friday while Olathe stopped Grand Valley 46-39.


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