Craig Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis came away from his team's performance during the weekend in the Green River Tournament in Wyoming using one word to sum up the experience: sick.
Despite the team's 0-3 tournament record, the word was used to describe how the players feel physically, rather than mentally.
"We are feeling pretty run-down from this trip," Maneotis said. "A bunch of the guys are feeling sick. The travel and weather got to us."
Moffat County (0-4 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League) came out flat in the first game of the three-game event, falling Thursday to Jackson Hole, 70-60.
Friday's matchup pitted the Bulldogs against one of Wyoming's top-ranked teams, Central High School from Cheyenne.
Moffat County lost, 80-66.
"The score doesn't really reflect the game," Maneotis said. "The first quarter was our downfall. We won the next three quarters."
The Bulldogs were outscored 27-10 in the first quarter but rebounded to outscore the opposition, 56-53, the rest of the way.
"I was pleased with their effort after we started the way we did," Maneotis said. "It was a good learning game for us."
Saturday's contest against another top-ranked team in Wyoming, Campbell County from Gillette, didn't fair as well for the Bulldogs.
Moffat County fell, 107-54, to a team Maneotis said was the best he has seen.
"Wow, what a team they are," he said. "They are really deep, and they ran us to death."
Maneotis said not to judge a book by its cover when absorbing the score in his team's defeat.
"Are we really that bad?" he asked. "No way. It was 23-20 at the end of the first quarter. They are a school with an enrollment of around 2,100."
Maneotis pointed to the play of senior Eli Buckner and junior Mike Peters, as well as the positives of his team reaching goals he had set entering the tournament.
"We shot 73 percent from the foul line and made 46 percent of our 3-pointers," he said. "We walked away knowing what we need to work on."
Maneotis said the event was an excellent way for his team to grow together.
"It was a fun trip for the guys," he said. "It was our first chance to spend a lot of time together on the road. We didn't win, but we'll pick them up and brush them off. We'll find the gold dust in the sand soon enough."
Thomas Noble and Colton Conrad competed in the tournaments non-game festivities.
Noble competed in the 3-point contest, and Conrad participated in the slam-dunk contest.
"Noble just missed going to the finals," Maneotis said. "It was a lot of fun to watch."
Moffat County competes in the Alamosa tournament beginning Thursday in Southern Colorado.