Boys basketball statistics
MCHS 56, Golden High School 69
Score by quarter:
Team, 1, 2, 3, 4, total
MCHS (17-9), 10, 12, 16, 18, 56
GHS (18-6), 20, 11, 16, 22, 69
MCHS: Ramos 0 0-0 0, Willbanks 2 1-2 5, Jackson 4 2-5, 11, Salcido 0 0-0 0, Peters 4 0-3 8, Camilletti 1 0-0 3, Ivy 0 0-0 0, Carlson 0 0-0 0, Noble 6 4-4 19, Owens 0 2-4 2, Z. Raftopoulos 0 0-0 0, A. Raftopoulos 0 0-0 0, Wilson 4 0-0 8. Totals 21 (5) 9-18 56.
GHS: Evanson 6 3-6 15, Dille 3 0-0 9, Johnson 0 0-0 0, Holland 0 0-0 0, Stokes 4 0-0 10, Miller 2 6-6 12, Wittek 0 0-0 0, Nebeker 7 4-5 18, Tu 0 0-0 0, Hart 0 0-0 0, Spatz 0 2-2 2, Fossett 1 1-2 3. Totals 23 (7) 16-21 69.
Three-point baskets - Moffat County 5 (Noble 3, Jackson, Camilletti); Golden 6 (Dille 3, Stokes 2, Miller 2)
The final buzzer had sounded on Saturday night's 69-56 season-ending loss to Golden.
The Moffat County High School boys basketball team was disappointed, and for obvious reasons.
Not only had it lost its leading scorer to an injury early in the second quarter, been bounced from the playoffs and sent on a quiet four-hour drive home, it was the last time the team would play together in the Bulldogs blue and white.
But, for the five Moffat County High School seniors on the boys basketball team - Chayton Owens, Kelton Willbanks, Mike Peters, Thomas Noble and Collin Jackson - the final buzzer signaled something more.
It signaled the end of something that started when they could barely dribble a basketball
"I still can't believe it's really over because of all the things we've accomplished as a core," Peters said Monday. "For it to be done and leaving to go our separate ways is sad. We've been playing together since the fifth grade, and been playing against each other probably since the parks and rec. days, like in the first grade.
"And now it's all over."
But, despite being ousted by the Demons, coach Steve Maneotis said none of his players had reason to hang their heads.
"They went out there and left everything on the floor," he said. "I couldn't be more proud of this group of guys. The growth they showed together in the two years I've been coach is remarkable. I learned a lot about being a coach from these guys, and I hope they learned a lot from me."
The program went from six wins in 2006-07, to consecutive playoff berths and an 18-win season this year. They also leaped the team's biggest hurdle - beating rival Steamboat Springs for the first time in four years.
But, to the Bulldog players, the wins and losses played second fiddle to what they learned as young men from their ball coach.
Maneotis "helped me a lot," Owens said. "He made me the player I am today. He made me 10 times better than I ever was. He pushed me every day in practice. He was always on me and I think it just made me better."
Since the first practice back in December 2007, Maneotis said he knew he had talent on his roster; it was just a matter of getting it to shine.
"I knew what I had in that group," he said of his five seniors. "I knew those were the guys that were going to put Moffat County basketball back on the map, and they did."
Maneotis laid out the blueprint and the team followed it.
"Everything changed when he came in," Peters said. "We saw what he laid down, we took it day by day, and then it finally happened for us. It made us all think 'Wow, his way really works.' We knew if we do what he says, things will get accomplished and the wins will come. They did. Look at how far we've come."