MCHS boys basketball team wins ShootOut opener
December 12, 2008
A last-minute addition to the Steamboat ShootOut high school boys basketball tournament, Moffat County made its presence felt Thursday in the eight-team tourney opener.
The Bulldogs welcomed Wyoming’s fourth-ranked team to Colorado, bullying past the Green River Wolves, 78-64, at Steamboat Springs High School.
“You can see it building,” MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said of his team’s confidence. “It’s a quiet confidence that’s growing amongst the kids. They’re going out and executing. They came out after this win, and they still weren’t satisfied with the way they were playing.
“I’m thinking ‘OK, we just put up 78 points,’ and we’re still looking at ways we could have done a better job.”
The Wolves probably are, too.
Green River most likely will lose its lofty ranking.
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The Wolves (0-3 overall, 0-0 4A – West) had trouble containing the inside-out game of the Bulldogs (2-0 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League – 4A), on the way to losing their third consecutive game.
MCHS senior post player Chayton Owens was a force in the paint, tallying a team-high 25 points.
Point guard Mike Peters worked his way to 15 points – including nine of 12 free throws.
“We started off well,” Maneotis said. “We could tell right away it was going to be a real physical game. They got real physical in a hurry.”
Green River held a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, but it would prove to be the team’s only lead of the game.
“We were giving up some easy shots inside on the drive-and-dish” in the first, Maneotis said. In the second period “We got to the line a lot and did a good job of getting the ball inside, and Mike was penetrating and creating” offense.
Senior Oscar Ramos drained a 3-pointer to begin the quarter and the Bulldogs caught on fire.
“His three got us rolling right away,” Maneotis said. “That really got us into a flow.”
So much so, that the one-point deficit tuned in to a four-point halftime lead and a nine-point third-quarter advantage, before MCHS eventually pulled away to win by 14.
“At halftime, we talked a lot about defense,” Maneotis said. “We talked about some adjustments; it was really minor adjustments, but I was really proud of the way they came back out in the second half and really did exactly what we wanted.”
The Bulldogs will get another chance to do what they want today in second round tournament action.
MCHS plays the winner of D’Evelyn (2-2 overall, 0-0 Jefferson County League – 4A, ranked No. 9) vs. Liberty (0-1 overall, Colorado Springs Metro League – 5A) at 6:20 p.m. today.
Owens and Peters combined to make 27 trips to the free throw line. : Ramos (3-3) and Dylon Camilletti (2-2) were perfect from beyond the arc.
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