Moffat County High School senior Chayton Owens fights for a rebound Friday against visiting Battle Mountain. Owens scored a game-high 31 points in the Bulldogs' 72-41 victory.

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Moffat County High School senior Chayton Owens fights for a rebound Friday against visiting Battle Mountain. Owens scored a game-high 31 points in the Bulldogs' 72-41 victory.

Bulldogs boys basketball powers past Huskies, 72-41

MCHS 72, Battle Mountain 41

Score by quarter -

Team 1 2 3 4 total

BMHS (2-13) 9 12 11 9 41

MCHS (10-7) 18 27 18 9 72

Individual scoring -

BMHS: Weiss 1 0-0 2, Cooley 3 3-6 9, Lathrop 2 2-2 7, Banegas 1 3-3 5, Meneses 0 1-2 1, Martinez 3 0-0 7, Copas 2 2-4 6, McClure 0 0-0 0, Ybarra 0 1-2 1, Hervert 0 3-5 3. Totals 12 (2) 15-24 41.

MCHS: Ramos 3 0-0 6, Willbanks 6 0-1 12, Jackson 2 1-3 5, Ivy 0 0-0 0, Peters 1 0-0 2, Camilletti 1 2-2 4, Harvey 0 0-0 0, Noble 3 0-0 6, Owens 14 3-6 31, Z. Raftopoulos 0 0-0 0, Gordon 0 0-0 0, Wilson 3 0-2 6. Totals 33 (0) 6-14 72.

Three-point baskets - Moffat County none; Battle Mountain 2 (Lathrop, Martinez).

Stinging from Tuesday's loss at rival Steamboat Springs, the Bulldogs took their frustration out Friday night on the visiting Huskies.

Moffat County scored 27 points in the second quarter - 5 less than they scored through four quarters Tuesday - blowing open the game against Battle Mountain on their way to a 72-41 victory.

"We learned from that loss," MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said. "Our full-court pressure defense helped us get back to our style of game. It showed out there (Friday)."

The Huskies (2-13 overall, 2-6 Western Slope League) had won two consecutive games for the first time this season entering the contest.

"We came in here confident we could get the job done," Battle Mountain coach Philip Tronsrue said. "But we ran into that No. 34 out there. He killed us."

Tronsrue was talking about MCHS senior Chayton Owens, who scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Bulldogs (10-7 overall, 6-2 WSL) - 11 of which came in the deciding second quarter.

Bulldogs senior Kelton Willbanks pitched in with 12.

Senior Mitch Cooley, who finished with nine points, led the Huskies. Edward Banegas and Shawn Martinez contributed to the Battle Mountain attack with 7 points each.

Back-to-back buckets by Lathrop and Cooley opened the game, but Owens answered with back-to-back buckets of his own, re-tying the game at 4-4. A 3-pointer by Lathrop put the Huskies up 1, but the Bulldogs closed the period on a 12-2 run, taking an 18-9 lead.

Trailing by 9 midway through the second frame, Battle Mountain would get no closer.

Owens scored four quick baskets, senior Thomas Noble two, and by the time the dust had settled, Moffat County was up 20.

Four consecutive points by MCHS sophomore Dylon Camilletti put the Huskies in a 24-point halftime hole.

A 3-pointer by Martinez cut the Battle Mountain deficit to 23 midway through the third, but Moffat County scored 8 consecutive points to push their lead to more than 30.

Notes:

Junior Brian Ivy (knee) returned from injury and played the final 1:13. : Moffat County swept the two-game season series with the Huskies for the second consecutive year.

Freshmen:

MCHS 71, Battle Mountain 54

MCHS used four players in double figures to run by the Huskies. Bulldogs juniors Brian Ivy and Jeremiah Gordon closed with 12 points apiece, while sophomores Chet Harvey and Dustin Carlson pitched in with 10.

Cody Hervert led the Huskies with 14 points. Tyler Martin and Pancho Meneses finished with 8 each.

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