Bulldogs spring past Devils
Vail, CO Colorado
CRAIG ” Entering this weekend’s two-game home stand, the Moffat County boys basketball team was in seventh place in the Western Slope League standings.
Enter Battle Mountain and Eagle Valley.
Friday’s victory against the Huskies, combined with Saturday’s 54-51 win against the Devils, catapulted the Bulldogs into the fifth spot in the league.
Moffat County (4-11 overall and 3-4 in the Slope) has now won three straight games.
“We are going to be ugly for the rest of the league to deal with,” Bulldog coach Steve Maneotis said. “Every game we win shows us we can grow up. We aren’t done yet either.”
Eagle Valley (3-11, 2-5 ) trailed throughout the first three quarters until a Scott House 3-pointer tied the game at 42.
Thomas Noble hit back-to-back 3s to put Moffat County back on top 52-44, and Chayton Owens’ rebound and put-back iced the game.
“I’m disappointed. Severely disappointed,” Devils coach Pat Gabriel said. “The difference in this game was a giveaway here and a turnover there. If those two things don’t happen, it’s an entirely different ball game.”
Eagle Valley was coming off a close loss at the hands of defending league champion Steamboat Springs and Gabriel said the team just never regrouped.
“We played hard. But two consecutive road games that we should have won is tough to swallow,” he said. “We are going to keep fighting and we’ll get better by our next game.”
Chayton Owens continued his recent dominance in the post, scoring 25 points in the paint, most of the shots contested by 6-foot-10-inch Devils center Zach Ramsay.
“Against a guy like that, you’ve got to be strong in the post,” Owens said. “Coach told me to pick it up, and I did.”
Senior Eli Buckner scored nine, Thomas Noble had eight and J.T. Haddan made his season debut after battling injuries sustained in the football season, to score seven.
The Devils were led by House’s 19 points, Cesar Castillo’s 15 and nine scored by Ramsay.
Lady Devils bow to Moffat
That is the rate at which Bulldog senior Angie Charchalis drains 3-pointers this season.
On Saturday, Charchalis improved that number.
The senior guard made all four of her attempts from downtown in the first quarter, helping guide Moffat County past an overmatched Eagle Valley squad, 72-18.
“They played a lot of zone defense,” Charchalis said. “We moved the ball well and I got some good looks. Sometimes when it leaves your hand you know it’s going in.”
The Bulldogs relied on their full-court defense and held the Devils scoreless in the second quarter.
“We usually handle the press pretty well,” Eagle Valley coach Ken Reagan said. “Today, we couldn’t get our trap offense working. Their guards are really quick and we couldn’t handle the pressure.”
Charchalis finished with 21 points, fellow guard Jorgiea Raftopoulos scored 10 as did senior Amy Dilldine.
Eagle Valley had just three players score; Jeanette Baker led with 11 points, Yvette Parra scored five and Jackie Eberhard rounded out the Devils scoring with two.
“Any time you play a team that good, you learn from it,” Baker said. “It was a good experience for us. The score doesn’t always show it but, we are developing.”