Brian Ivy, a Moffat County High School senior, grabs a rebound during practice Thursday. The varsity boys will host Eagle Valley High School at 7:30 p.m. today. The game is the home opener for the Bulldogs and also the team’s first league game.

Photo by Shawn McHugh

Brian Ivy, a Moffat County High School senior, grabs a rebound during practice Thursday. The varsity boys will host Eagle Valley High School at 7:30 p.m. today. The game is the home opener for the Bulldogs and also the team’s first league game.

Bulldogs look to down Devils

MCHS boys varsity basketball team to play 1st home game tonight

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At a glance

Eagle Valley

2008-09 record: 3-20 (3-12 in WSL)

2009-10 record: 3-6 (0-3 on road, 0-0 Western Slope League)

Head coach: Pat Gabriel

2009-10 points per game/allowed: 48/55

Players to watch: G Nate Barker (20 points Jan. 4 versus Summit), G Troy Harris (seven points versus Summit), F Zeth Ramsey (nine points versus Summit)

Battle Mountain

2008-09 record: 4-19 (2-12 in WSL)

2209-10 record: 4-2 (1-1 on road, 0-0 Western Slope League)

Head coach: Tom Padilla

2009-10 points per game/allowed: 68/49

Players to watch: PG Parker Lathrop (17 points per game), SG Robert Weiss (6.8 points, 6.6 assists per game), F Miguel Copas (10 points, 7 rebounds per game)

— Coming off a tough December on the road, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team will get just what it needs: A stretch at home.

Playing at 7:30 p.m. today, the team will look to get back to its winning ways against the Eagle Valley High School Devils.

At 5:30 p.m. Saturday, the team will host Battle Mountain High School.

“This is something we’re looking forward to,” MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said. “For one, we’re home; it’s our environment with our fans. We always get great support from people here in Craig.”

Maneotis said he expects a similar level of hustle and determination tonight.

“I think there’s an extra adrenaline rush (playing at home), because it’s your fans,” he said. “It’s louder, and the noise is mostly in your corner. It gives you a little rush, but I never doubt my kids’ effort, home or away.”

Standing in the way of Moffat County’s first home victory will be the Devils.

The Devils tied last year’s win total nine games into the season.

Coming off Monday’s win against Summit, the Devils, 3-6 overall, were lead by guards Nate Barker, Troy Harris and forward Zeth Ramsey.

This season, the Devils have held opponents to 55 points per game while scoring 48 points.

The Bulldogs will attack the Devils the same way they have gone after every opponent this season.

“You work all year to put your system in place and find the strengths that fit your team,” Maneotis said.

Maneotis said the Bulldogs have added a few things to the playbook since the preseason but will continue to run the floor.

This season, Dylon Camilletti and Jordan Wilson have led the Bulldogs’ offense, but the team’s real strength is that anyone could have a big game, Maneotis said.

“That’s what I’m excited about — our floor balance,” he said. “We have several different guys at any time who could be the go-to guy. That’s what is unique about this team.

“Dylon and Jordan will be leaders in that category, but with Zach (Raftopoulos), Brian (Ivy) and Pablo Salcido, it wouldn’t surprise me to say they scored 20 tonight.”

Although Maneotis said he would like to see Moffat County continue to improve in every aspect of the game, he would like to see the offense explode for 60 to 70 points.

“I know they will work hard, get up and down the floor, minimize turnovers and maximize shot opportunities,” he said. “Against Eagle Valley, we want to establish the tempo and get after them.”

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