Playing its second ranked team in as many nights, the Moffat County boys basketball team couldn't meet the challenge, falling to D'Evelyn, 70-49.
"They are a very talented team," Bulldogs coach Steve Maneotis said of the ninth-ranked Jaguars. "It was a really tough, physical game. The score really doesn't reflect how many positives we took out of it and how much we learned from this type of game."
D'Evelyn (3-2 overall, 0-0 Jefferson County League - 4A) carried a five-point lead into the second quarter - then tripled it - thanks to Maneotis' new nemesis: the full-court press.
Moffat County (2-1 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League - 4A) couldn't handle the Jaguars' defensive tactic in the second quarter.
"Their full-court press got us," Maneotis said. "We couldn't handle their pressure, and they completely took us out of our offense."
The physical play of D'Evelyn took its toll on MCHS post player Chayton Owens, as the Bulldogs' leading scorer - 24 ppg - sat most of the second and third period with foul trouble.
"They totally took Chayton out of his game," Maneotis said. "Combine that with how many contested layups me missed - there was probably about 20 - and it adds up to a tough night."
Senior Collin Jackson led the Bulldogs offense, scoring 14 points - four of which came from downtown.
Kelton Willbanks tallied 12, Owens was held to eight.
"We have to understand that if we are fortunate enough to make the playoffs, this is the type of team we are going to have to beat," Maneotis said, reflecting on his team's first loss of the 2008-09 season. "We are still on a learning curve, and the season is still early."
The Bulldogs get a chance to claim the Steamboat ShootOut third-place trophy today.
MCHS meets Montrose (2-3 overall, 0-0 Southwestern League - 4A) at 3 p.m.