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Bulldogs fall to Montrose

MCHS finishes 4th in Steamboat ShootOut

John Vandelinder

Leading Montrose by six with 1:08 left, the Moffat County High School boys basketball team couldn’t buy a bucket Saturday.

The Indians scored seven points in the game’s final minute to defeat the Bulldogs, 66-65, in the Steamboat ShootOut high school boys basketball tournament.

Montrose (3-3 overall, 0-0 Southwestern League – 4A) hit four consecutive free throws and a timely 3-pointer in the game’s waning moments to clinch the tournament’s third-place game.

“We quit,” Moffat County coach Steve Maneotis said. “We quit playing, we quit being aggressive, and we quit attacking the basket. We played like we thought the game was already over.”

It wasn’t.

The Bulldogs (2-2 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League – 4A) had a chance as time expired, but a shot by sophomore Dylon Camilletti sailed wide to put an end to an otherwise solid Bulldogs performance.

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Senior Chayton Owens led the Bulldogs offense, tallying a game-high 28 points and 14 rebounds.

But it was his final rebound that could have played the biggest role in the game.

Owens hauled in Camilletti’s miss with less than two seconds to play, but he was tied up as the final buzzer sounded.

Point guard Mike Peters barely missed a double-double, tallying nine points and nine assists in the defeat.

“I think we should have won,” Peters said. “I think we let up a bit at the end, and we tried to coast in.”

Peters and the Bulldogs had possession of the ball with 22.6 seconds remaining, but a change in the Indians’ defense confused Moffat County, forcing hesitation, and eventually the defeat.

“They came out and surprised us going into a 3-2 zone,” Peters said. “We thought they were going to come out in man-to-man and pressure us, but they switched it up, and we couldn’t get the look we wanted.”

Maneotis takes full responsibility.

“That was my fault,” he said. “It’s my job to have them ready, no matter what, and they weren’t.”

Moffat County trailed by as many as 11 points midway through the second period, before chipping away and pulling within one by the start of the fourth.

A rebound put-back by forward Kelton Willbanks (12 points, four rebounds) with less than five minutes in regulation gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the game.

A 3-pointer by Thomas Noble, followed by two Willbanks free throws, gave Moffat County their biggest lead – six points – of the game.

John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or jvandelinder@craigdailypress.com

Game statistics

Score by quarter

Team 1 2 3 4 total

MHS (3-3) 15 15 16 20 66

MCHS (2-2) 9 18 18 20 65

Individual scoring:

MCHS: Ramos 1 0-0 2,Willbanks 4 4-5 12, Jackson 1 0-0 2, Ivy 0 0-0 0, Peters 3 2-4 9, Noble 3 3-4 10, Owens 9 10-15 28, Wilson 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 (2) 19-28 49.

MHS: N/A

Three-point baskets – Moffat County 2 (Peters, Noble); Montrose N/A