Steamboat senior Charles Wood goes in for a layup Tuesday at Moffat County High School. The Sailors lost, 41-38, on a last-second 3-pointer by the Bulldogs' Thomas Noble.

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Steamboat senior Charles Wood goes in for a layup Tuesday at Moffat County High School. The Sailors lost, 41-38, on a last-second 3-pointer by the Bulldogs' Thomas Noble.

Noble's 3-pointer sinks Sailors

Game statistics

MCHS 41 Steamboat 38

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

SSHS (15-6) 4 8 18 8 38

MCHS (14-8) 8 12 8 13 41

Individual scoring:

SSHS: A. Wood 1 2-2 4, Brassell 2 3-6 8, Forsyth 1 0-0 2, C. Wood 7 4-7 20, Geppert 0 0-0 0, Pivarnik 0 0-0 0, Spady 2 0-0 4, Hinder 0 0-0 0, Brenner 0 0-0 0, Capistron 0 0-0 0, Anderson 0 0-0 0, Landusky 0 0-0 0. Totals 13 (3) 9-15 38.

MCHS: Ramos 0 0-0 0, Willbanks 1 0-0 2, Jackson 1 2-2 4, Salcido 0 0-0 0, Peters 1 2-4 4, Camilletti 1 0-0 2, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Noble 1 0-0 3, Owens 11 0-2 22, Raftopoulos 0 0-0 0, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Wilson 2 0-1 4. Totals 18 (1) 4-9 41.

Three-point baskets - Steamboat Springs 3 (C. Wood 2, Brassell); Moffat County 1 (Noble).

They call him "Mr. Big Shot" for a reason.

Moffat County senior Thomas Noble took one shot Tuesday night against visiting Steamboat Springs.

It may have been the biggest shot of his high school career.

Noble drained a 3-pointer with 6.2 seconds left in regulation, sending the Bulldogs to their first win, 41-38, against the rival Sailors in four years.

"I just happened to be in the right spot," Noble said. "When it left my fingers, I knew it was going in. You can't beat the feeling. It's absolutely amazing."

A crowded MCHS gymnasium was on hand to witness the dramatic ending, an ending that looked to be in the Sailors' favor leading up to Noble's game-winning shot.

Trailing the Bulldogs by eight at the half, Steamboat took control of the game in the third. An 18-4 Sailors run turned the deficit into a two-point lead heading in to the final frame.

"I told the guys at the half that we just had to come out and get back to playing our style of ball," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. "We played good defense and shot our way back in it."

A basket by MCHS senior post player Chayton Owens tied the game at 30, setting up a back and forth battle in the game's final eight minutes.

The Bulldogs took a four-point lead with 3:30 left on a steal and subsequent layup by senior point guard Mike Peters, but Steamboat wouldn't go away.

A bucket by Charles Wood pulled the visitors within two, and a layup off a Moffat County turnover by Steamboat sophomore Isiah Forsyth retied the game at 38.

With 44.8 seconds left in regulation, Wood was called for a backcourt violation, handing the ball to the Bulldogs.

MCHS coach Steve Maneotis called Noble's number during a timeout, and he answered.

The Bulldogs (14-8 overall, 10-3 Western Slope League) let the clock run down, and Noble stepped up and drained the shot.

"It went just like I drew it up," Maneotis said. "That cracked the egg didn't it? That's just what we needed right there. The kids played their hearts out and that sets the table for a new start in the playoffs.

"Steamboat's a great team, it was another one of those classic battles."

It didn't start that way.

The Bulldogs defense stymied the Sailors (15-6 overall, 11-2 WSL) for much of the first half, holding the fifth-ranked team in the state to 12 first half points, setting up the second half comeback.

A comeback that eventually fell short.

Owens scored a game-high 22 points in the win, while Charles Wood led the Sailors with 20.

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