Moffat County boys basketball sinks Summit

Win gives Bulldogs 7th-place finish at Shoot-Out tournament in Steamboat Springs

Box score

Box score from Saturday’s Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball game vs. Summit High School at the Steamboat Springs Shoot-out.

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final

Moffat County 18 15 7 8 48

Summit 0 8 2 8 18

Despite dominating Summit High School, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team still has a ways to go, coach Steve Maneotis said.

And that should scare the rest of the Western Slope League.

The Bulldogs refused to let Summit get into any sort of rhythm, and out-hustled the Jaguars en-route to a 48-18 victory at the Steamboat Springs Shoot-out.

Despite playing Moffat County’s typical game — fast-paced, defense-oriented with more than half of the team’s points coming in the paint — the Bulldogs are talented enough to be even better, Manoetis said.

“I don’t think we’re even close to where we want to be defensively,” he said. “We’re away from the ball, we need to be working harder in the lanes. They should take it as a compliment to know that I think there’s more that we can do.”

Power forward Jordan Wilson was a force on both ends of the floor for Moffat County.

Adding a handful of steals and rebounds to 19 points, Summit couldn’t find an answer for senior Wilson.

Moffat County fell, 74-64, Friday against Green River (Wyo.) High School and 81-28 Thursday against Rock Canyon High School.

The team was simply looking for a win, Wilson said.

“We just talked about getting it done,” he said. “We obviously didn’t get the outcome we were hoping for last night” against Green River.

The win did more than just even the Bulldogs’ record at 2-2.

“It definitely builds some confidence for us, and that’s a good thing,” Wilson said. “We needed that one.”

With added offense from the Bulldogs big men, Moffat County was able to out-muscle Summit.

Center Brian Ivy and guard Dustin Carlson each scored seven points, forward Pablo Salcido scored six, guard Dylon Camilletti scored four, guard Zach Raftopoulos had three and forward Andrew Raftopoulos scored two.

On defense, Zach Raftopoulos and Mitch Sammons harassed Summit’s point guard Charlie Wittaker into several mistakes.

Playing Summit was a way for Moffat County to reorganize, Maneotis said.

“It was a good game for us at this time, because we were able to break down some stuff,” he said. “It wasn’t just run and gun, we were able to work out of some sets. We got some looks for our post, some things we haven’t done well yet, and I thought the kids responded well and played hard.”

Moffat County jumped out to an early lead, and led Summit, 18-0, after the first quarter.

The second quarter saw the Bulldogs continue to dominate, scoring 15 more points and ending the first half of play with a 33-8 advantage.

Moffat County’s defense, while not quite at the level Maneotis would like it to be, was suffocating in the second half, as well.

Allowing only 10 points combined in the third and fourth quarters, the defense was able to create turnovers, and Wilson was the main beneficiary, scoring seven of his 19 points after halftime.

“We definitely figured out how to run a solid offense,” Wilson said. “We started to slow things down.”

Maneotis said he still is trying to find an offense that fits this year’s team, but Saturday was a definite step forward.

“We’ll continue to build on defensive effort, building a belief in ourselves,” he said. “We’re young, not a lot of experience on the floor and each game where you can build some confidence, we’ll continue to build on that.”

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