Jordan Wilson, a Moffat County High School senior, goes in for a layup against visiting Eagle Valley High School on Friday. The team will play tonight in Palisade and Saturday at Delta.

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Jordan Wilson, a Moffat County High School senior, goes in for a layup against visiting Eagle Valley High School on Friday. The team will play tonight in Palisade and Saturday at Delta.

Bulldogs boys basketball aims for 2

Weekend trip to Palisade, Delta pits Moffat County against league foes

Teams at a glance

Palisade High School

2009-2010 record: 4-6 (1-1 in WSL)

Average points scored: 58.6 per game

Average points allowed: 60.4 per game

Head coach: Steve Phillips

Players to watch: F Jeremy Hayden, F Kane Gunther

Delta High School

2009-2010 record: 1-5 (0-2 in WSL)

Average points scored: 54.5 per game

Average points allowed: 61.8 per game

Head coach: Von Mitchell

Players to watch: F Phillip Decker, F Austin Watson, F Eli Baier

Heading into a weekend against two physical Western Slope League teams, Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball coach Steve Maneotis said he wants to see one thing from his team.

“Effort,” he said. “Our effort isn’t where it needs to be.”

At 7:30 p.m. today, the team will play Palisade High School, then at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, it will face Delta High School.

The team is coming off a tough 47-26 loss Tuesday in Grand Junction.

To get back to winning ways, the Bulldogs will need to be on the offensive, Maneotis said.

“Offensively, going back to Grand Junction, we didn’t execute as a team. We just kind of walked through the game,” he said. “Our effort and intensity level were both lacking.”

Last year, Moffat County swept both series with Palisade and Delta.

Moffat County (3-7 overall, 1-1 in WSL play) lost Jan. 9 at home against league-opponent Battle Mountain.

Up first will be the Palisade Bulldogs (4-6, 1-1 in WSL play).

This year, Palisade shares more than the same mascot with Moffat County.

“Offensively, they are an outside-in kind of team,” Maneotis said. “They have great outside shooters. They are a motion-type team like we are, and they play up-tempo.”

Although Palisade essentially is tied with Moffat County in league play, the Bulldogs in red represent a big challenge, Maneotis said.

“They are a very well-coached team,” Maneotis said. “Coach (Steve) Phillips always has his kids working hard. Size wise, they will be bigger than us.”

With a size advantage and good outside shooting, Moffat County will need to commit to its game plan, Maneotis said.

“It’s the same old thing,” he said. “If we don’t execute, we get blown out. If we work hard and execute, we have the ability to win the game.”

On defense, Palisade will throw different looks at Moffat County.

“They’ll mix it up between man and zone, and I expect them to play a lot of zone,” Maneotis said. “I’m not too worried about anybody pressing us. We have a pretty good team that handles full-court pressure.”

In Delta (1-5 overall, 0-2 in WSL), the Bulldogs will have to face a talented Panthers frontcourt of Phillip Decker, Austin Watson and Eli Baier.

The Panthers, who will play Steamboat Springs High School tonight, are coming off two league losses at the hands of Glenwood Springs on Jan. 8 and Rifle on Jan. 9.

“They’re big,” Maneotis said. Coach Von Mitchell “has done a great job, especially with the intensity level his guys bring to the floor.”

Maneotis is hoping his squad can match that intensity to pick up two much-needed league wins.

“It’s a big weekend,” he said. “We need to get two big wins on the road to make up for the loss we just had at home.”

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