Late heroics can’t lift MCHS boys past Rifle

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Boys basketball results

Box score from Saturday’s Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball game at Rifle:

Team / 1st / 2nd / 3rd / 4th / Final

Moffat County / 12 / 17 / 11 / 18 / 58

Rifle / 15 / 16 / 19 / 23 / 73

After falling, 73-58, on Saturday in Rifle, there’s one way for the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team to get back on the winning track, MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said.

“With a whole lot of heart and desire, like how Dylon Camilletti finished that game,” he said. “Dylon forgot about the score and did everything he could to finish the game with intensity and with style, and I appreciated his effort tonight.”

Camilletti, a junior, made several gritty plays in the closing seconds of the game, to net six points off steals.

But, to win its next game, a Friday home contest against Delta, the Bulldogs will need to improve in other areas.

“We have to shoot the ball better and we have to work harder,” Maneotis said. “Every facet of the game needs to get better.”

Moffat County and the Bears started the game with physical, fast-paced basketball. The Bears were clinging to a 15-12 lead after one quarter.

Rifle was able to jump out to a 25-15 lead in the second quarter, but Moffat County came back to cut the score to 31-29 at halftime.

“We were in it in the first half,” Maneotis said. “We were right where we needed to be.”

The reason Moffat County was able to bounce back was Angelo “Hodge” Raftopoulos.

The junior forward finished with 16 points on 5 for 8 shooting from the field and 6 of 8 from the free throw line.

“Hodge had a great weekend,” Maneotis said. “On JV and varsity, he had a great weekend. He was working hard.”

In the third quarter, Rifle was able to distance itself from Moffat County by scoring 19 points to take a 50-40 lead.

In the fourth quarter, Rifle gained momentum from back-to-back technical fouls on the Bulldogs and never looked back.

For Moffat County, Jordan Wilson scored 15 points to go along with 12 rebounds, including seven on the offensive glass.

Brian Ivy scored 10 points on 5 of 7 shooting, to go along with five rebounds and a blocked shot.

For Rifle, Dustin Ross led all scorers with 27 points, including 8 for 8 from the free throw line.

Ryan Davis had 13 points, while Tyler Rust and Taylor Boone each had 12 points.

Notes: From the field, Rifle made 28 of 48 shots, good for 58 percent … Beyond the arc, the Bears shot just one for 10… Both teams attempted 19 free throws, with the Bears cashing in on 14 and the Bulldogs connecting on 12… Moffat County made 20 of its 48 attempted shots, and three of 11 shots from the 3-point line… Both boys and girls junior varsity teams defeated Rifle. For the girls, Adrie Camp scored 15 points while Sassy Murray added 10.

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