MCHS boys hoops earn 72-52 victory against Palisade
February 8, 2010
For Jordan Wilson and the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team, one change made a big difference.
Playing Saturday against Palisade at MCHS, Moffat County could do little wrong in snapping its 8-game losing streak.
The reason behind the 72-52 win was simple, Wilson said.
"We played as a team for the whole game," he said. "It's the first time that's happened all year, and that was the outcome."
After eight consecutive league losses, the Bulldogs had one large advantage, Wilson said.
"We didn't have any pressure on us," he said. "We just came out and executed."
Wilson, who led all scorers with 20 points on 10 of 12 shooting, said the victory could carry momentum into next week's match-ups with Glenwood Springs and Rifle.
"We had a great game," he said. "We just need to carry it over to next week."
For the past month, junior Dylon Camilletti has seemingly thrown himself at every loose ball within reach.
On Saturday, his efforts didn't go to waste.
The guard found his shooting touch, nailing three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to put Palisade away on his way to a 16-point, six assist night.
"My confidence hasn't been there," Camilletti said of his shooting. "I haven't been consistent, but (Saturday) I was getting good looks. I was able to get it to the rack a couple of times, and we were able to pound it down low."
After Wilson, no one was more adept at scoring in the paint than Angelo Raftopoulos.
The junior forward scored 15 points, and continued to shine at the free-throw line, making seven of his nine attempts.
His performance against Palisade was his third-straight game with more than 10 points.
"I have just been feeling it," he said. "I've been working to get open, and my teammates threw me some great passes."
But above all, Raftopoulos said there was one thing the Bulldogs did well against Palisade.
"We played as a team," he said. "We were unselfish, and when you play like that, you will win."
Overall, seven players scored for Moffat County.
Dustin Carlson again put in a workman-like performance at point guard, as the junior scored 7 points, including a 5-for-6 performance at the free-throw line, to go along with three rebounds, four assists and four steals.
"We've been hurting without Zach (Raftopoulos)," Camilletti said. "But Dustin has stepped it up."
Brian Ivy had 6 points and six rebounds, Pablo Salcido had 6 points and four steals, and Jeremiah Gordon chipped in with two points.
For Palisade, Caleb Hall had 15 points, Jeremy Hayden had 12 points and Dakota Bond had 11 points.
MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said Saturday's game was the best the Bulldogs have played all season.
"It was just an outstanding team effort," he said. "They made adjustments, and they executed exactly like we asked them to."
In the last match-up of the two teams, Moffat County lost, 69-38, Jan. 15.
"That was a horrible shooting night for us," Maneotis said. "(Saturday), they ran and executed the offense better than they have all year."
Maneotis said the team's body language — specifically, how no Moffat County player had to get off the floor without help from a teammate — also improved dramatically.
"And those little things make a big difference," he said. "It showed that they were going to fight through anything. That hustle sends a clear message to our team, and to the other team."
Raftopoulos would like to send another message to opposing teams.
"We want to win out," he said. "Our goal is to win the rest of our games. Palisade beat us by 30 last time, and we were able to beat them by 20. That definitely pumps the team up."
After Saturday's performance, Raftopoulos said the Bulldogs know they can wreak havoc on the rest of the league.
"We know we have the team, it just never clicked," he said. "Today, it clicked."
The MCHS junior varsity team won, 57-48, against Palisade … The freshmen team defeated Battle Mountain, but fell to Glenwood Springs and Aspen at the Eagle Valley tournament … Thse varsity team made 15 of 21 free throws … Moffat County shot at 57 percent (27 for 47) from the fild, including 50 percent (3 for 6) beyond the 3-point line. Palisade shot 39 percent (20 for 51), including 23 percent (3 for 13) beyond the arc.