MCHS boys basketball hopes to find shooting stroke in Steamboat

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— Although last week’s 37-35 win against Montezuma-Cortez High School wasn’t the prettiest victory, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team took something away from the grind-it-out game.

“The No. 1 positive is we won,” coach Steve Maneotis said. “They figured out a way to win a close game. That’s huge.”

Starting at 4:45 p.m. today, the team will look to move its season record to 2-0 at the Steamboat Springs Shootout basketball tournament when they face Rock Canyon High School.

Although the team came away from Saturday’s game against Montezuma-Cortez with a win, the Bulldogs will need to improve when they face a tough Rock Canyon team, Maneotis said.

“They have a quality program — they had about a 30-point win over Castleview last week,” he said. “It looks like they have a very balanced attack inside and out.”

Last week, defense and rebounding saved the day for the Bulldogs. Today, the offense must make a push, Maneotis said.

“We have to shoot the ball better — our shot selection needs to be better,” he said. “We’re going to continue to try to build on what we’ll be good at this year. I want to see our level of intensity pick up another notch.”

Against Montezuma-Cortez, senior center Brian Ivy led the Bulldogs with seven points, 11 rebounds, three steals and one block.

Junior guard Dylon Camilletti was the leading scorer with 15 points, and senior forward Jordan Wilson missed a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.

The Bulldogs will be best served by scoring early and often against a team they don’t know much about.

“I really haven’t heard a lot about what they do,” Maneotis said about Rock Canyon. “We’ll go out and see how things go, see how we respond.”

This is the second year Moffat County has competed at the Shootout; last year, the team finished with a 1-2 record.

“It’s so hard to get a home tournament, so I like to consider this to be as close to a home tournament as we’ll get for a while,” he said.

At the end of the weekend, there is one thing Maneotis would like to see his team have.

“Momentum,” he said. “Each game, we’d like to build momentum. I told them at the beginning of the week ‘We will treat this just like it’s a playoff tournament at the end of the season.’”

If Moffat County wins today against Rock Canyon, it will play at 6 p.m. Friday.

To get there, Maneotis said his team will need to work on one thing.

“The biggest for me, I think, is confidence,” he said. “We have to continue to increase our confidence with our new people in the lineup. It’s five new starters, five new guys on the bench. They’re still learning their roles.”

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