Moffat County High School senior Pablo Salcido steals the ball from Steamboat's Charles Wood during Tuesday night's game in Steamboat.

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Moffat County High School senior Pablo Salcido steals the ball from Steamboat's Charles Wood during Tuesday night's game in Steamboat.

MCHS boys fall to Steamboat, 49-39

Boys basketball results

Box score from Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball game versus Steamboat Springs:

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

Moffat County / 7 / 13 / 2 / 17 / 39

Steamboat Springs / 14 / 10 / 4 / 21 / 49

With Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity basketball team reeling, the Moffat County High School boys varsity team was unable to capitalize Tuesday night.

Playing in Steamboat, the Bulldogs trailed the Sailors, 24-20, at halftime.

Seven minutes and eight seconds into the third quarter, the score remained the same, as neither team was able to capitalize on numerous turnovers.

Steamboat would rebound, however, and win, 49-39, after a third quarter that featured 6 combined points.

“We had another third quarter that killed us,” MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said. “We had an opportunity to take this game over, and we didn’t do what we needed to do.”

Maneotis said the Bulldogs performed well on defense, but they needed to attack the Sailors on the offensive end.

“We did some good things, but we need to do it on both ends,” he said. “When you have a team on the ropes, you need to keep driving the nails and punish them on the offensive side. We just didn’t get it done tonight.”

The Bulldogs were unable to find a rhythm against the Sailors (9-6 overall, 6-1 in the Western Slope League) defense.

“Defensively, I cant fault the effort, I though they played well,” Maneotis said. “Offensively, there’s the big question mark. I give credit to Steamboat’s pressure, but we didn’t execute offensively.”

Steamboat jumped out to an early 14-7 lead after one quarter.

Moffat County outscored the Sailors, 13-10, in the second quarter to cut the score to 24-20 at halftime.

Neither team scored in the third quarter until Steamboat’s Randall Nelson made a free throw with 52 seconds left.

Steamboat then built momentum and was able to score 21 points in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Wilson led the Bulldogs with 15 points.

Pablo Salcido added 6 points, and Brian Ivy had 5 points and nine rebounds.

For the Sailors, Charles Wood scored 17 points and Justin Anderson added 9.

With league games this week against Battle Mountain and Rifle, Moffat County needs to find its offense, Maneotis said.

“Until we take ownership of what we need to change as a team, the results aren’t going to change,” he said. “It’s pretty hard to add to the offense, so we will continue to drill it down, and continue to figure out what makes it click.”

Ben Bulkeley can be reached at 875-1795 or bbulkeley@craigdailypress.com.

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