Western Slope League boys basketball standings
Team League Overall
Glenwood Springs 4-0 8-5
Steamboat Springs 4-0 7-5
Rifle 3-1 7-5
Palisade 2-2 5-7
Moffat County 1-3 3-10
Battle Mountain 1-3 5-5
Delta 1-3 2-7
Eagle Valley 0-4 3-10
If you go
What: Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. Glenwood Springs High School
When: 7:30 p.m. today
Where: Moffat County High School gymnasium, 900 Finley Lane
For more information, call MCHS at 824-7036
On the surface, Glenwood Springs and Moffat County High School don’t have much in common.
Looking at their records, it would appear Glenwood Springs (4-0 in the Western Slope League) has the edge over Moffat County (1-3 in WSL).
But that is where the differences end.
The Demons have a dominant outside/inside guard in Kevin Floor, who has averaged more than 18 points this season.
Moffat County has Dylon Camilletti, who has averaged 9 points per game while patrolling one of the guard positions.
Glenwood Springs has Nick Ciani, a varsity football linebacker in the fall, who works the paint to the tune of more than 10 points and 10 rebounds per game in the winter.
Enter the Bulldogs’ Jordan Wilson, an all-conference honorable mention as a varsity linebacker, who has put up an average of 10.5 points per game on the hardwood.
Moffat County also has had solid contributions from junior guard Zach Raftopoulos, who has scored seven points per game, and senior forward Brian Ivy, who has averaged more than 7.5 points and five rebounds per game.
The Demons (8-5 overall) have had few problems in league games this year.
On Jan. 8, they defeated Delta, 70-40; on Jan. 12, they topped Eagle Valley, 71-44; and on Jan. 13, they beat Battle Mountain, 85-60.
Their closest league game was a 42-31 victory against Palisade on Jan. 9.
Glenwood Springs head coach Greg Hire said he has had to adjust the Demons’ game plan because his team lacks height.
“Our biggest guy is 6’2,” he said. “Most years, we’ll have at least one guy who is 6’5. This year, we’re missing the big kids, so I’ve had to change my offense to cater to these kids.”
Glenwood Springs, not unlike Moffat County, isn’t going to be the tallest team in the league but have been able to spread the court and use their athleticism to get ahead.
“Our team strength has been our versatility,” Hire said. “We’re not a big team — we have a lot of small forwards and two-guards who are interchangeable, though. When we switch, we don’t have a lot of mismatches on the floor.”
That game play is similar to what the Bulldogs have done this year.
“We’re pretty fast, they get up and down the court quickly,” Hire said. “Everyone is a pretty good scorer — they are all a threat when they get the ball.”
Like the Bulldogs, Glenwood Springs lost its starting five to graduation.
Although the Demons are stacked with seniors, Hire said the team still is inexperienced.
“We had an up and down preseason,” he said. “But the kids have started to click, and they have worked through a lot of their inexperience.”