It may not have been the prettiest win, but an early-season victory is a win all the same.
The Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team was able to outlast Montezuma-Cortez High School, 37-35, to claim its first victory of the season Saturday in Palisade.
Coach Steve Maneotis said Moffat County did just enough to topple the Panthers.
“We trailed for most of the game — we had a lead through halftime, but we didn’t have a good third quarter,” he said. “We had to come from behind in the fourth.”
With 15 seconds remaining, Moffat County called a time out with the score tied at 35.
“Dylan Camilletti had a pretty good look at a shot, but came up short,” Maneotis said. “Jordan Wilson had a rebound under the basket with 3.7 seconds to put us up, 37-35. That’s how it ended — we won with a great effort by Jordan underneath.”
The first half was not kind to Moffat County’s outside shooters.
“We missed 19 three-point shots,” Maneotis said. “The shots just were not falling. We were getting into the paint, but we couldn’t get any shots to fall.”
Luckily, the Bulldogs excelled in other areas.
“The defense did a great job,” Maneotis said. “We had them knocked back on their heels almost the entire game.”
On the offensive end, Camilletti scored 15 points while Wilson chipped in with nine and center Brian Ivy had seven.
But it was another facet of Ivy’s game that impressed his coach.
“I thought Brian had an outstanding game on both ends of the floor,” Maneotis said. “He did a great job on the boards for us. What he did for us in the rebounding department was the difference in the game.”
The first game highlighted where the Bulldogs will need to improve before next week’s tournament in Steamboat Springs.
“It was our first game, we got to see where we were,” Maneotis said. “The intensity was great, I thought the kids all worked hard — we got a lot of people in and out of the game. We just have a ways to go to get done what we want to get done.”