It may have been cold outside Tuesday night, but inside the Moffat County High School gym the boys junior varsity team heated the things up by beating the Hayden Tigers varsity team, 89-86.
The Bulldogs moved to 1-0 on the season, while the Tigers fell to 1-4.
"It was an exciting game and we are pleased with the way it turned out," said Bulldogs junior varsity game coach Steve Maneotis. "We were down 13-0 in the first quarter and as a coach you have to sit there and wonder that this has to be first-game jitters."
Despite the slow start, the Bulldogs bounced back to earn the three-point victory.
"It was a great response to come down from 13 points and put 89 points on the board," said Maneotis. "I like the way they worked together. They got great ball movement and great shots."
According to Maneotis, the Tigers have two outstanding players in seniors Levi Klapperich and Matt Weidner.
"Hayden has two great athletes in Levi (Klapperich) and Matt (Weidner)," said Maneotis. "Those guys came out and scored 36 points and 23 points. I felt for the most part we held them in check when we had to."
Maneotis believes the Bulldogs were due to get a victory over the Tigers.
"This is my sixth year of coaching and this is our first victory over Hayden," said Maneotis. "I am proud of the way they played and they had a great game."
In the scoring column, the Bulldogs were led by junior C.J. Rugh who finished with 27 points with 23 in the second half.
"We dug ourselves a hole, but we managed to come back," said Rugh. "It was nice to win because our junior varsity team hasn't beaten Hayden in a long time."
Other Bulldogs in double figures were sophomore Kyle Hazelwood who poured in 16 points, junior Mark Turner added 14 points and sophomore Chris Field finished with 13 points.
"Everybody that was in the game scored for us," said Maneotis. "It was a team victory."
In the earlier game, the Hayden junior varsity team edged the Bulldogs freshmen team, 79-76.
"I am really proud of how we played," said freshmen coach Tom Dockstader. "They hustled and it was a great improvement from the first three games we played. Unfortunately we came up short."
The Bulldogs were paced by Brian Skowronski who scored 23 points. Joe Padon and Joel Browning both finished with 12 points. Blaine Zulian ended up with 10 points.
The junior varsity team will next be in action at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the high school gym against Palisade, while the freshmen team will see action at noon Saturday on the road against Basalt.