Moffat County senior Thomas Noble knocks down a trey Friday against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs defeated the Panthers, 67-41, improving to a perfect 3-0 in conference play this year.

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Moffat County senior Thomas Noble knocks down a trey Friday against visiting Delta. The Bulldogs defeated the Panthers, 67-41, improving to a perfect 3-0 in conference play this year.

Varsity boys basketball team rolls over Delta, 67-41

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Game statistics

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

DHS (3-3) 10 17 4 10 41

MCHS (7-5) 22 12 14 19 67

Individual scoring:

DHS: Ashurst 2 0-0 5, Valdez 0 0-0 0, Cano 0 0-0 0, Watson 2 2-2 7, Norell 0 0-0 0, Davis 2 3-4 8, Gonzales 2 1-2 6, Baier 0 0-0 0, Sidor 0 2-3 2, West 2 0-0 4, Kraai 1 2-2 4, Decker 2 1-2 5. Totals 13 (4) 11-15 41.

MCHS: Ramos 2 0-0 4, Jackson 3 0-2 6, Willbanks 4 4-4 12, Peters 2 3-4 7, Camilletti 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Noble 2 4-4 9, Owens 9 3-6 21, Z. Raftopoulos 1 0-0 3, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Wilson 1 0-0 2. Totals 24 (2) 17-23 67.

Three-point baskets - Moffat County 2 (Noble, Raftopoulos); Delta

Steve Maneotis is done looking at the big picture.

After Tuesday night's third consecutive fourth-quarter lapse - a loss to visiting Grand Junction - the Moffat County varsity boys basketball coach said he wanted to start fresh.

Instead of looking at what's needed to win a conference - or even a state - championship, Maneotis said he wanted to take small steps.

The old "one game at a time" speech.

He got what he asked for.

The Bulldogs took a step in the right direction Friday, pushing aside visiting Delta, 67-41.

The win kept Moffat County perfect in Western Slope League play at 3-0 on the season.

"We talked about going flat at the end of games," MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said of his halftime speech. "We committed to come back out and pick up the tempo. The guys really responded."

High school basketball is a 32-minute affair. Moffat County needed just eight Friday to prove who was the better team.

The Bulldogs (7-5 overall, 3-0 WSL) started the game with a bang and never looked back.

Senior Thomas Noble's trey less than two minutes in put Moffat County up, 10-0, and senior Chayton Owens' thunderous dunk boosted the lead to 16-3.

An acrobatic behind-the-back pass from Noble to Collin Jackson pushed the lead to 12 at the end of the first, and the Bulldogs carried a 17-point lead into the half.

Owens finished with a game-high 21 points. Kelton Willbanks had a quiet 12, and Noble pitched in with nine.

Austin Watson led the Panthers, tallying seven points. Jacen Davis, Tim Ashurst and Phillip Decker added five points each.

"We came out a little sluggish," Delta coach Von Mitchell said. "I think Moffat County had something to do with that. They are a really good basketball team."

A block by Moffat County's Jordan Wilson ignited five consecutive points for the Bulldogs to end the third quarter - a quarter in which the Panthers were held to four points.

Up 17 (48-31) entering the final frame, the Bulldogs made sure to not let the lead slip.

Unlike the past three games where Moffat County has been outscored late, the Bulldogs closed out Delta (3-3 overall, 1-2 Western Slope League) with a 13-0 run to begin the fourth quarter and led by as many as 30 points.

Moffat County outscored the Panthers, 19-10, in the final frame, pulling away for its first home win of the season.

Junior varsity:

MCHS 59 Delta 48

MCHS sophomore Dustin Carlson scored a team-high 22 points in the victory. Angelo Raftopoulos added 13, and Jeremiah Gordon, 11. Sophomore Aaron Sakala and junior Donnie Stewart, who tallied 10 points, led Delta. Ernie Baier pitched in with nine.

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