Bulldogs boys basketball falls to Demons
MCHS has big third quarter but can’t hang on
Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball vs. Glenwood Springs
Team First quarter 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Moffat County 20 19 19 15 73
Glenwood Springs 25 27 4 24 80
Trailing, 52-39, at home against a first-place team would seem a daunting task for any team to come back from.
Playing Friday at home against Glenwood Springs High School, the Moffat County High School boys varsity basketball team needed a spark.
Enter Jordan Wilson.
The senior forward scored seven of his 27 points in a 19-4 Moffat County third quarter, but it wasn’t enough, as the Demons won, 80-73.
But for coach Steve Maneotis, it was a sign of progress.
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“We’re going to watch that third quarter a lot,” he said. “I want these guys to see what potential they have inside themselves. A 19-point quarter when we were down 13 at the break is a huge testament to what kind of heart these kids have.”
Glenwood jumped out to a 25-20 lead after the first quarter behind its two standouts.
Juniors Nick Ciani and Kevin Flohr each scored eight first-quarter points.
In the second frame, that duo added another eight apiece to give the Demons a 52-39 advantage.
“They had a strong challenge in front of them, and they responded,” Maneotis said of his team. “We had some struggles with Flohr and Ciani — they each had 16 in the first half, and we knew we had to come up with an answer. The answer was Brian Ivy, who came up in the post, Jordan Wilson stayed out of foul trouble and in the game.”
To slow down Flohr, the Bulldogs threw him different looks.
“Dylon Camilletti, Pablo Salicido and Dustin Carlson all did a great job trading off on Flohr,” Maneotis said. “And the two of them (Flohr and Ciani) only had 13 points in the second half.”
Moffat County had its own one-two punch.
Camilletti finished second to Wilson with 22 points, including nine in the second half.
Zach Raftopoulos scored eight points, Carlson scored six and Salcido scored five.
And it all came from a completely different look.
“The offense we went to, they haven’t practiced all year, so that was a huge gamble,” Maneotis said. “I’ll study and see as a coach what I need to do to help these kids finish these games.”
But Maneotis said he wants his team to take several things from the game.
“More than anything, what I’ll come back and show them is, we’re 1-4, and Glenwood is 5-0, and we’re every bit as good as Glenwood,” he said. “I think that’s a testament to just how close we are to closing this gap.
“What made the difference between 5-0 and 1-4 is they finished the game. They found a way to win, and that’s the trait we’ll continue to learn, and we will become that.”
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