Moffat County senior Pablo Salcido drives to the basket in the first half of the Bulldogs’ game against Rock Canyon High School at the 11th annual Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.

Photo by John F. Russell

Moffat County senior Pablo Salcido drives to the basket in the first half of the Bulldogs’ game against Rock Canyon High School at the 11th annual Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.

MCHS falls, 81-28, to Rock Canyon at Steamboat Springs tournament

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Box score

Thursday’s Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball game against Rock Canyon High School in Steamboat Springs

1st quarter, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, Final

Rock Canyon

23, 26, 20, 12, 81

Moffat County

7, 9, 6, 6, 28

— Sometimes, practice can be a good indicator of future success.

Unfortunately for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, a bad week of practice led to a loss Thursday night in Steamboat Springs.

Playing in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, Moffat County was unable to keep up with a talented Rock Canyon High School team and fell, 81-28.

The Bulldogs weren’t able to gain an offensive rhythm, and Rock Canyon used its height advantage to bully Moffat County in the paint.

Coach Steve Maneotis said a lackluster performance in practice prevented the Bulldogs from competing against the Jaguars.

“This is exactly what happens when you don’t work hard in practice,” he said. “When you don’t put in your best effort, you’re handed these kinds of loses.”

The team got off to a sluggish start, as Rock Canyon was able to collect rebounds and score on breakaways.

“You can’t just show up,” Maneotis said. “You have to work hard in practice. We didn’t have a good week of practice, and that was the result.”

Last week, the team was able to ride good defense and timely shooting to a 37-35 victory against Montezuma-Cortez in Palisade.

But Rock Canyon was able to edge Moffat County in almost every category.

“Rock Canyon is a good team,” Maneotis said. “They have a big school and a lot of talent. They played and outworked us in every facet of the game.”

Rock Canyon led, 23-7, after the first quarter, and 49-16 at the half.

In the third quarter, they scored 20 points to push their advantage to 69-22.

Maneotis said his team will need to work harder if it wants to beat teams with a size advantage.

“I didn’t see any fundamentals out there, no rhythm to our offense,” Maneotis said. “They just beat us. They were more physical and bigger. We need to work harder to beat a team like that to be competitive.”

Jordan Wilson was the Bulldogs’ leading scorer with 10 points.

Dylon Camilletti had six points; Pablo Salcido, Dustin Carlson and Brian Ivy each added four.

The team will have a chance to even its record at 3 p.m. today when it faces Green River (Wyo.) High School.

“We need to get back to the kind of basketball Moffat County is known for — hardnosed, running the floor and executing as a team,” Maneotis said. “It’s never easy to take a loss like that. We just need to forget it and move forward.”

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