The Bulldogs basketball team scored 21 points in the final period to win its season-opener against Ridgway, 59-36.
Demon Nathan Hagemeyer scored a game-high 21 points for Ridgway.
At 6 feet, 6 inches, Hagemeyer was also a threat on defense. Bulldog head coach Kyle Crowder said his players worked to eliminate the senior's opportunities at post by forcing him outside.
With Hagemeyer in foul trouble and on the bench for much of the second quarter, the Bulldogs were able to put some points on the board. River Panish sank two treys and Andrew Tiedeman one to boost the Bulldogs to a 32-19 halftime lead.
With 1:30 remaining in the half, Tiedeman sank two free throws, and with seven seconds remaining scored from the peri-meter to put Hotchkiss ahead, 32-19.
Hagemeyer scored all of Ridgway's nine third-period points while the Demon defense held Hotchkiss to six third-period points.
In the fourth period the Bulldogs scored 16 unanswered points. Sophomore Cesar Gonzalez came off the bench late in the game to score two goals in the final two minutes of the game.
River Panish scored a team-high 20 points, Clayton Oxford added 13, and Chris Allen scored 12.
On Dec. 5, Hotchkiss watched a two-point half-time lead disappear as the Gunnison Cowboys scored 19 fourth-quarter points to win, 44-37, at Gunnison. The Bulldogs led, 27-25, at the half.
There were 52 fouls called in the game, said Crowder. "There was no flow in the game." With players on both teams benched, "It was basically their JV against our JV."
Considering the loss, Crowder said his team needs to work on cleaning up little mistakes. "We just need to do things cleaner."
Hotchkiss travels to Collbran for a non-conference bout against Plateau Valley at 7 p.m. this Friday.blog comments powered by Disqus