Guard Paul Laliberte draws a foul against a Delta High School defender.

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Guard Paul Laliberte draws a foul against a Delta High School defender.

Panthers use free throws to beat Bulldog boys, 69-58

Boys basketball schedule

Boys varsity basketball (3-15 overall, 1-8 in the Western Slope League)

Date, Opponent, Place, Score

Dec. 5, Montezuma-Cortez, Away, 37-35W

Dec. 10, Rock Canyon, Away, 81-28L

Dec. 11, Green River, Away, 74-64L

Dec. 12, Summit, Away, 48-18W

Dec. 17, Pueblo East, Away, 74-34L

Dec. 18, Littleton, Away, 64-52L

Dec. 19, Denver West, Away, 51-44L

Dec. 20, Mesa Ridge, Away, 73-65L

Jan. 8, Eagle Valley, Home, 65-64W

Jan. 9, Battle Mountain, Home, 73-63L

Jan. 10, Grand Junction, Away, 47-26L

Jan. 15, Palisade, Away, 69-38L

Jan. 16, Delta, Away, 54-52L

Jan. 22, Glenwood Springs, Home, 80-73L

Jan. 26, Steamboat Springs, Away, 49-39L

Jan. 29, Battle Mountain, Away, 71-52L

Jan. 30, Rifle, Away, 73-58L

Feb. 5, Delta, Home, 69-58L

Feb. 6, Palisade, Home

Feb. 12, Glenwood Springs, Away

Feb. 13, Rifle, Home

Feb. 16, Steamboat Springs, Home

Feb. 19, Eagle Valley, Away

— Regardless of the end result, Moffat County High School boys varsity coach Steve Maneotis said he was proud of his team.

Playing against a tough Delta team, Maneotis said the Bulldogs gave a valiant effort in a 69-58 Panther victory.

“Throw the record away,” he said. “It’s easy to show up when you have a winning record and everything is flowing. It’s easy to come to work. We’ve met game after game where we can’t seem to catch a break at the right time. But it takes a real man to show up night in and night out, practice in and practice out, and do what these kids do.”

The two teams traded defensive stands in the first quarter, but Moffat County (3-15 overall, 1-8 in the Western Slope League) came out with a 10-9 advantage.

In the second quarter, Delta was able to use its considerable size advantage to pull ahead, 35-23.

“The second quarter hurt us, when we gave up 26,” Maneotis said. “Delta is just a bigger team, and the match-ups were tough. We had to go to man to man to utilize our speed, and it did a lot of good for us and brought us back into the game.”

Led by tenacious guard Dustin Carlson, who harassed Delta guards Tim Ashurst and Aaron Sakala to the tune of 12 combined points, Moffat County was able to claw its way back in.

“We did a great job attacking and going to the basket in the third quarter to bring us back,” Maneotis said. “Then we kind of went away from that and couldn’t get it back in gear.”

The Bulldogs trailed, 48-39, heading into the final quarter.

The fourth quarter featured several Moffat County runs to get the game within five points, but Delta was able to capitalize on its free-throws.

The Panthers went to the free throw line 28 times and made 23 shots.

Moffat County went to the line 10 times, and made seven shots.

For Moffat County, senior Jordan Wilson continued his stretch of strong play, as the forward finished with 25 points, six rebounds and three assists.

Junior Angelo Raftopoulos, who started for Moffat County, finished with 11 points and four assists.

Carlson started at point guard and had 8 points, three assists and five steals.

For the Panthers (7-7 overall, 6-3 in the WSL), forward Eli Baier scored 21 points, and guard Austin Watson added 15.

In the end, the shots didn’t fall,” Maneotis said. “It’s not because of a lack of effort, they just didn’t fall.

Notes: The MCHS boys junior varsity team fell to Delta, 58-54 … Senior Brian Ivy finished with 6 points and five rebounds.

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