Photo by John F. Russell

MCHS basketball falls to Green River, 74-64, in overtime

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Box score

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

Moffat County

8, 14 , 20, 15, 7 , 64

Green River

10, 19, 15 , 13, 17, 74

— Intensity.

Hardnosed play and stingy defense.

All the things Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball lacked in its 81-28 loss Thursday to Rock Canyon came back in spades with Friday’s 74-64 loss to Green River (Wyo.) High School.

Playing in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, Moffat County and Green River had to go into overtime to settle the outcome.

Coach Steve Maneotis said he saw a lot of encouraging signs from his team.

“Attitude and effort were the most positive things, by far,” Maneotis said. “We were down, and we could have quit again, but we didn’t. We fought back, tied the game and had a chance to win in regulation.”

The team appeared to be more tenacious on defense and more assertive on offense one night after dropping the first game of the tournament.

“Last night was pretty intimidating,” Maneotis said. “Rock Canyon was a very physical, big athletic team, and they mentally took us out of the picture.”

Against Green River, Moffat County wanted to show it was a much better team, Maneotis said.

“Tonight, in the locker room, I could tell these guys wanted a little redemption and wanted to show they are a better team than what they showed last night,” Maneotis said. “I’m proud of the fact that they did just that.”

Although Green River was able to pull away in overtime, Maneotis said the improved effort was a welcome sight.

“The biggest thing is, we represented our school the way we should,” he said. “That’s with a good, hard effort, good defensive effort. The other things we can fix.”

Green River led, 10-8, after the first quarter, and stretched its advantage to 29-22.

Coming out of the half, junior Dylon Camilletti hoisted the Bulldogs onto his shoulders.

Scoring nine points of his 18 points in the third quarter, Camilletti helped the Bulldogs cut Green River’s 12-point advantage to just 44-42 at the end of the third.

Maneotis said a change in the Bulldogs’ defensive scheme opened up the floor.

“We went from a man to a zone or full-court trap, and it created some turnovers and opportunities,” Maneotis said. “That sparked Dylon, and that sparked Jordan Wilson.”

With one minute left in regulation, Camilletti made a 3-pointer to knot the score at 57-57.

Moffat County had a chance to win the game with four seconds left, but as the Bulldogs were storming down the court, an errant pass slipped past center Brian Ivy while he was positioned in the paint.

“Brian almost pulled it in, and they did exactly what I wanted — I wanted the ball in the post,” Maneotis said. “The pass was a little errant, and we turned it over. That’s a huge learning experience on how turnovers can cost you a game. He catches that, he has an open layup and we win.”

Green River was able to pressure Moffat County, which knocked the Bulldogs off their rhythm.

“We didn’t handle the press as well as we should have and that was probably the difference in the game,” Maneotis said.

Maneotis said he is still trying to find an offensive system that works with his players’ skill set.

With the junior varsity team competing in the Cowboy Shootout in Meeker, the varsity team was again short-staffed.

“People have got to understand, I’ve got two, maybe three players in Meeker who are varsity players, not here,” Maneotis said. “When we get some people off that squad down there and put them in the mix, we get a better post presence, another guard, and we’ll get something happening for us.”

But Maneotis said he expects his short-handed squad to come back with even more intensity today when it faces Summit County.

“We’ll come out and play hard,” he said. “Tomorrow, we come out with an attitude of ‘We need to dominate whoever it is we play.’ We need to get up and down the floor and even our record to 2-2.

Notes: Ivy scored six of his 14 points in the third quarter… Junior Zach Raftopoulos scored 11 points.

The Bulldogs will play Summit County at 10 a.m. today.

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