State in sight

Bulldog boys win, wait on news if they made state


— The Moffat County boys basketball team's season could be over.

Or it could continue.

It's in the hands of a board, which includes former coaches, to see if the Bulldogs will be in the playoffs.

The Bulldogs (9-14 overall, 8-6 Western Slope play) did their part Friday night to make the state playoff tournament, defeating host Eagle Valley, 76-61, in the last game of the regular season.

And with how the Bulldogs have played lately, winning eight of 10 games to finish the season, coach Steve Maneotis has high hopes for his team getting the invite. That decision is expected by Sunday afternoon.

"Initially, we thought the top four teams (in league) got in," he said. "We found out that was not the case," adding that he also found out that Moffat County is one of the teams that the committee has kept a close eye on.

And having a good game Friday night only helped the Bulldogs' chances, the coach said.

Paced by the inside game of Chayton Owens, who scored a team high 27 points, and the outside game of Thomas Noble, who scored 15 points, the Bulldogs blew open a 12-12 tie in the first quarter to take a 38-24 advantage into the second half.

It wasn't just those two players who played well, Maneotis said. JT Haddan finished with 12 points and Eli Buckner added 11.

"All in all, it was a real balanced attack," the coach said. "It was an outstanding performance across the board."

The Devils made a run in the fourth quarter, cutting the Bulldog lead to 5 points, but Moffat County responded to close the game out.

And by closing the game down, it may open an opportunity to a state berth.

"I don't want to jinx myself, but I'm like 99 percent confident" we'll get in, Maneotis said. "I can't see how they wouldn't feed us in with how we've been playing lately."


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