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Bulldogs hope for support in the stands tonight vs. Eagle Valley

Ben Bulkeley

— For the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, playing at home means several things.

The most prominent, however, is that for the first time in the 2009-10 season, they will have the majority of the crowd on their side.

The BullĀ­dogs begin league play at 7:30 p.m. today against Eagle Valley High School.

After opening the season with a win against Montezuma-Cortez High School, the Bulldogs faced tough competition at the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out and Thornton Tournament to drop their record to 2-6.

Playing at home would be the perfect time to get a victory, junior Zach Raftopoulos said.

"It's going to help us, we definitely need to get two wins this weekend," he said. "I think we have a good chance."

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This will be Raftopoulos' first home opener as a varsity starter.

The junior guard said playing at home always gives the players a rush when they take the court.

"Honestly, it's going to be sweet," he said. "It's when the crowd is the biggest."

The attitude of the crowd is the biggest difference between playing on his home court opposed to an opponent's, Raftopoulos said.

"You get more nervous because you know everyone in the stands," he said. "But it's always fun to play against other crowds, too, because they'll go against you, and you can shut them up."

For freshmen Paul Laliberte, it will be his first time on the floor with the Moffat County Bulldogs.

The guard will play in the junior varsity game at 5:30 p.m. today against Eagle Valley and might suit up for the varsity game.

"I kind of have mixed feelings," he said. "I don't want to screw up in front of my classmates, but I think it will be a good experience."

As for goals, Laliberte has one for tonight.

"Just win," he said.

If you go

What: Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. Eagle Valley High School

When: 7:30 p.m. today

Where: Moffat County High School

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