Bulldogs point guard Mike Peters goes up for a shot Saturday against visiting Rifle. The Bulldogs ran over the Bears to the tune of a 34-point victory.

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Bulldogs point guard Mike Peters goes up for a shot Saturday against visiting Rifle. The Bulldogs ran over the Bears to the tune of a 34-point victory.

Rifle no match for Moffat County basketball

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Game statistics

Score by quarter:

RHS (7-7): 6 (1st), 11 (2nd), 12 (3rd), 21 (4th), 50 (final)

MCHS (9-6): 25 (1st), 27 (2nd), 16 (3rd), 16 (4th), 84 (final)

Individual scoring:

RHS: Davis 0 0-0 0, Ross 2 0-0 6, Brown 2 5-6 9, Sours 0 0-0 0, Laudick 2 4-7 9, Rust 2 0-1 5, Boone 1 2-2 4, Gomez 1 3-4 5, Massey 2 0-0 5, Kuester 1 5-6 7. Totals 13 (5) 19-26 50.

MCHS: Ramos 2 1-2 5, Willbanks 3 7-10 13, Jackson 6 0-0 15, Peters 2 0-1 4, Camilletti 3 5-6 12, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Noble 1 1-2 4, Owens 9 3-4 21, Z. Raftopoulos 1 0-0 2, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Wilson 3 0-0 6, Sullivan 1 0-0 2, A. Raftopoulos 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 (5) 17-25 84.

Three-point baskets: Moffat County 5 (Jackson 3, Camilletti, Noble); Rifle 5 (Ross 2, Laudick, Rust, Massey).

— High school basketball may be a 32-minute game, but Moffat County needed just 8 Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (9-6 overall, 5-1 Western Slope League) broke out to a 20-point lead midway through the first quarter against the visiting Rifle Bears (7-7 overall, 3-3 WSL) and never looked back on their way to an 84-50 win.

"You definitely have to come out early, and we didn't," Rifle coach Chris Lowther said. "You have to give them credit, though. They just outplayed us."

A 19-point lead at the end of the first turned into a 35-point halftime lead, which turned into a 39-point lead heading into the fourth.

"We talked about execution," Maneotis said. "I didn't have to say a whole lot to keep them focused. I think the Glenwood loss (a 72-62 road loss on Friday to the Demons) did everything I needed to keep them focused."

Rifle had problems with the Bulldogs' full-court press from the game's onset, evident by the troubles encountered by leading scorer Tyler Rust (20.1 ppg entering the contest). The Bulldogs' physical play frustrated Rust to the tune of four fouls - including a technical - in the game's opening 11 minutes.

Rust finished with 5 points.

Post player Chayton Owens tallied a game-high 21 points, leading four Bulldogs in double figures.

MCHS senior Collin Jackson finished with 15, senior Kelton Willbanks with 13 and sophomore Dylon Camilletti with 12.

Senior Eric Laudick and freshman Darik Brown scored 9 points each to lead the Bears. Junior Chris Kuester pitched in with 7.

Moffat County led, 23-3, early, until a 3-pointer by Rifle's Dustin Ross cut the gap to 17.

It would be as close as the Bears would get to a win.

A block and subsequent fast break layup by Owens restored the 20-point lead entering the second period. Rifle opened the second frame with a barrage of shots from downtown trying to make up some ground.

But a 0-5 spurt from beyond the arc in the period's first two minutes resulted in a 33-8 Bulldogs lead. Back-to-back trifectas by Jackson and senior Thomas Noble extended the home team's lead 31 points, and by the time the halftime buzzer sounded, Rifle was down 35.

The Bears won the second half, 33-32, primarily against Moffat County's reserves.

Junior varsity: MCHS 58, Rifle 47

MCHS junior Jeremiah Gordon led the Bulldogs' attack, closing with a team-high 17 points. Andrew Raftopoulos added 12, Zach Raftopoulos, eight. Freshman Darik Brown finished with a game-high 18 points to lead the Bears. Fellow freshman Taylor Webb pitched in with 10.

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