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MCHS boys top Lewis-Palmer, 56-49, Saturday

Owens' triple-double guides Bulldogs past Rangers

John Vandelinder

Steve Maneotis couldn’t help but toss and turn in his hotel room Friday night.

As coach of the Moffat County High School varsity boys basketball team – which has four consecutive losses – he was questioning his coaching tactics, his team’s chemistry and what it would take to end the skid.

He got his answer Saturday morning from inside the paint.

Senior post player Chayton Owens tallied a triple-double (20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots), guiding the Bulldogs past Lewis-Palmer, 56-49, in the third round of the Thornton High School boys basketball tournament on the Front Range.

“I wasn’t very happy. : I was quiet all night,” Maneotis said. “I jut left them alone, and I think they really reflected on what they needed to do.”

The Bulldogs (3-4 overall, 0-0 Western Slope League – 4A) ran out to a 21-10 lead at the end of the first quarter and never looked back.

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“We just played a solid game,” Maneotis said. “We did what I know we are capable of doing.”

Heading into the 2008-09 season, expectations were high for Moffat County’s big three – Owens, point guard Mike Peters and shooting guard Thomas Noble.

They came through Saturday.

Alongside Owens’ triple-double, Peters finished with six points and eight assists, and Noble drained four 3-pointers on his way to 12 points.

Lewis-Palmer (4-2 overall, 0-0 Colorado Springs Metro League) used an 18-point third quarter to pull within five, but the Bulldogs answered with 17 points of their own to close out the game.

“We came out and ran the floor unbelievable in the first quarter,” Maneotis said. “That’s when we set the tone for the game.”

When you win, you keep playing.

Moffat County plays either Mesa Ridge (2-4 overall, 0-0 Colorado Springs Metro League) or Denver West (3-5 overall, 0-0 Denver Prep League – 4A) at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Notes:

Small forward Collin Jackson left the tournament to go to Hawaii on Christmas break with his family. : Sophomore Dylon Camilletti started in his place. : Maneotis shortened his bench, playing just seven Bulldogs against the Rangers. : Moffat County’s student enrollment is 760; Lewis-Palmer’s is 1,950.

MCHS vs. Lewis-Palmer

Score by quarter:

Team 1 2 3 4 total

LPHS (4-2) 10 8 18 13 49

MCHS (3-4) 21 9 9 17 56

Individual scoring:

MCHS: Ramos 1 0-0 2,Willbanks 5 2-2 12, Peters 1 4-4 6, Camilletti 0 2-2 2, Noble 4 0-0 12, Owens 9 2-3 20, Wilson 1 0-0 2. Totals 21 (4) 10-11 56.

LPHS: N/A