Battle Mountain boys beat Moffat |

Battle Mountain boys beat Moffat

Michelle Perry/Special to the DailyBattle Mountain senior T.J. Montoya, left, looks for an open teammate while Moffat County junior Evan Hertzog puts on pressure in the fourth quarter of Friday's game in Craig. The Huskies beat the Bulldogs, 68-63.

CRAIG – Neither Connor Drumm nor Trent Beckley led the Battle Mountain boys basketball team in scoring Friday at Moffat County.Work with us, people. This is a good thing. Guard Kyle Leffler had a monster evening scoring 21 points to lead the Huskies to a 68-63 win over the Bulldogs.

“He stepped up,” Huskies coach Philip Tronsrue said. “His first shot, he walked to the 3-line and sank it and was in the zone from there. He knocked three straight 3s and we just took control from there.”Leffler had four 3s and was 5-for-5 from the line. This is not to say that Battle Mountain’s Twin Towers were dawdling. Drumm had 20 points and Beckley had 12.The critical lesson is that if the Huskies establish a consistent perimeter game, as they have this week, they are going to be an offensive juggernaut.

“It’s just so good,” Tronsrue said. “Connor and Trent are our focal points, but we need contribution from the guards. Derek (Rush) and Josh (Ruark) did a nice job Tuesday night. Tonight it was Kyle.”It was a hectic first quarter with Moffat leading 21-19 after eight minutes. The Huskies took over in the second quarter, outscoring the Bulldogs, 19-8. While the Huskies did let the Bulldogs back into the game a little in the fourth, Battle Mountain got a big win in a tough place to play.Battle Mountain is 9-2 overall and 3-1 in the Slope.

In girls basketball, No. 7 Moffat beat Battle Mountain, 79-24.Both teams are back home today against Steamboat Springs. The girls tip at 6 p.m., followed by the boys at 7:30 p.m.Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or Colorado

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