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Taking it to the next level

MCHS boys team puts win-streak on line

John Vandelinder

If you go

What: MCHS boys basketball vs. Glenwood Springs

When: Friday 7:30 p.m.

Where: Moffat County High School

• For more information, call 970-824-7036

Moffat County

Coach: Steve Maneotis

Record: 4-11 overall, 3-4 Western Slope League Streak: won 3

Points per game: 55.6

Opposition ppg: 66.5

Leading scorer: Chayton Owens 16.5 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Defense. Maneotis said MCHS needs to play solid team defense. The Bulldogs surrendered 75 points to the Demons in their last meeting.

• Boxing out and rebounding. The Bulldogs have height inside. Maneotis said if the rebounds go Moffat County's way, so will the game.

• Offensive flow. Maneotis said the last time the teams met the Bulldogs never passed the ball more than four times in any of their offensive possessions. Moffat County needs to work the ball around more to be successful.

Glenwood Springs

Coach: Greg Hire

Record: 10-4 overall, 5-2 Western Slope league streak: won 3

Points per game: 62.1

Opposition ppg: 47.9

Leading scorer: Connor Riley 14.3 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Rebounding. Hire said the team that controls the glass, controls the outcome.

• Cutting off the inside. Moffat County's strength is its post game. Hire said his team needs to cut off the passing lanes down low.

• Defense. Hire said he intends to pressure the Bulldogs' ball-handlers as much as possible in an effort to force turnovers.

If you go

What: MCHS boys basketball vs. Glenwood Springs

When: Friday 7:30 p.m.

Where: Moffat County High School

• For more information, call 970-824-7036

Moffat County

Coach: Steve Maneotis

Record: 4-11 overall, 3-4 Western Slope League Streak: won 3

Points per game: 55.6

Opposition ppg: 66.5

Leading scorer: Chayton Owens 16.5 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Defense. Maneotis said MCHS needs to play solid team defense. The Bulldogs surrendered 75 points to the Demons in their last meeting.

• Boxing out and rebounding. The Bulldogs have height inside. Maneotis said if the rebounds go Moffat County’s way, so will the game.

• Offensive flow. Maneotis said the last time the teams met the Bulldogs never passed the ball more than four times in any of their offensive possessions. Moffat County needs to work the ball around more to be successful.

Glenwood Springs

Coach: Greg Hire

Record: 10-4 overall, 5-2 Western Slope league streak: won 3

Points per game: 62.1

Opposition ppg: 47.9

Leading scorer: Connor Riley 14.3 ppg

Keys to victory:

• Rebounding. Hire said the team that controls the glass, controls the outcome.

• Cutting off the inside. Moffat County’s strength is its post game. Hire said his team needs to cut off the passing lanes down low.

• Defense. Hire said he intends to pressure the Bulldogs’ ball-handlers as much as possible in an effort to force turnovers.

— Riding a three-game winning streak into tonight’s match-up against visiting Glenwood Springs, Moffat County High School boys basketball coach Steve Maneotis said one slip-up against the Demons could prove costly.

“The last time we played them, we were down one point at the half,” he said. “We fell apart after that. We had turnovers and all of a sudden it was a blowout.”

Glenwood (10-4 overall, 5-2 Western Slope League) defeated the Bulldogs, 75-46, on Jan. 11.

The Bulldogs (4-11, 3-4 WSL) have since won three in a row and have added a few players to its roster as well.

Junior guard Mike Peters – who was injured in the team’s last meeting – will be back to man the point for Moffat County and senior post player J.T. Haddan made his return from injury last weekend against visiting Eagle Valley.

The two bring an extra 15 points per game and nearly five assists to the fifth-place Bulldog offense.

Third-place Glenwood enters on a three-game win streak of its own.

“We cannot overlook Moffat County,” Demons coach Greg Hire said. “They are a team that should have won more games. They are by far the most dangerous team in the bottom half of our league. If you’re not careful, they will bite you.”

With Peters and Haddan returning, Moffat County should have a full, healthy roster for the first time this season.

“This is our first game back to full strength,” Maneotis said. “Now we can play our type of game and be effective at it because all the players are now in place.”

A Bulldog victory will pull Moffat County to even in league play.

“We are trying to get into that group of three or four elite teams in the league,” Maneotis said. “It’s one game at a time, one possession at a time. If we take care of business and play with confidence, everything will fall into place.”


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