Varsity boys basketball team starts conference play 2-0

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Results

Score by quarter:

MCHS (6-4): 21 (1st), 24 (2nd), 19 (3rd), 7 (4th), 71 (final)

BMHS (0-9): 7 (1st), 9 (2nd), 11 (3rd), 17 (4th), 44 (final)

Individual scoring:

MCHS: Ramos 0 0-2 0, Willbanks 2 0-2 4, Jackson 9 5-7 24, Peters 6 2-4 15, Camilletti 2 0-0 5, Noble 0 0-0 0, Owens 4 9-12 17, Wilson 3 0-0 6, Angelo Raftopoulos 0 0-0 0, Andrew Raftopoulos 0 0-0 0. Totals 26 (3) 16-27 71.

BMHS: N/A

Three-point baskets - Moffat County 3 (Peters, Jackson, Camilletti); Battle Mountain N/A

Last year, the Moffat County varsity boys basketball team began Western Slope League play 0-4.

Last year was last year. This year has proven much different.

The Bulldogs chewed up Battle Mountain, 71-44, on Saturday, closing out their two-game road trip in Eagle County with a sweep.

"I'm very happy to come out of here with, what, two 30-point wins?" MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said. "We have to work on finishing games out better, but, overall, it was a great road trip."

MCHS (6-4 overall, 2-0 Western Slope League) ran over, around and past the outmanned Huskies (0-9 overall, 0-2 WSL) taking a 21-7 lead at the end of the first quarter - thanks in most part to their defense.

The Bulldogs ditched their usual full-court press and chose to go with a half-court man-to-man against the Huskies.

It worked.

Battle Mountain was forced into several turnovers, resulting in easy Moffat County layups.

"We had really good transition and just played solid defense," Maneotis said. "We went hard inside and were rewarded with a lot of free throws. Most of all, we were patient with our offense and played good, transition basketball."

Senior Collin Jackson led the Bulldog offense, closing with a game-high 24 points.

Chayton Owens tallied 17 and Mike Peters chipped in with 15.

"Jackson was going to the hole really well and creating things," Maneotis said. "Chayton was in foul trouble early, and Thomas (Noble) only took two shots. We're going to have to see how we can get him more looks."

The 25-point victory came a day after a 33-point win at Eagle Valley, sweeping the Eagle County road trip for the second consecutive year.

Next up for the Bulldogs is a 7:30 p.m. contest Tuesday against visiting Grand Junction (3-3 overall, 0-0 Southwestern Conference - 5A).

Notes:

The Bulldogs shot 59 percent from the free-throw line. : Moffat County defeated the Devils and the Huskies by a combined score of 140-80, for an average of 30 points per game. : Last season's margin of victory against the two on the road was 10 ppg. : Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley have a combined record of 2-18. : The Bulldogs are now two games over .500 for the second time this year after never achieving the mark last season.

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