Moffat County knocks off Eagle Valley boys, 62-36
Daily Press writer
Vail, CO Colorado
CRAIG, Colorado ” Bulldogs coach Steve Maneotis said he wasn’t trying to blow out Eagle Valley.
With the postseason selection process two days away, Maneotis said he didn’t think it mattered if the Bulldogs won by a large, or a small margin ” as long as they won.
They did, by a large margin nonetheless.
Moffat County (15-8, 11-3) exploded in the third quarter Friday night against the visiting Devils, turning a 19-19 game at the half into a 62-36 waxing of the visitors.
“I wouldn’t call it an attention getter,” Maneotis said of the doubling up of the four win Devils. “It was a good, solid win.”
It didn’t start out that way.
Eagle Valley (4-19, 2-12) took a one-point lead a few seconds into the second quarter, 13-12, behind a steal and layup by senior Brett Wilson. The teams exchanged leads until a 3-pointer by Bulldogs senior Oscar Ramos with 45 seconds left in the half tied the game at 19.
The second half was an entirely different ballgame.
Moffat County senior Thomas Noble drained three baskets from downtown and sophomore Dylon Camilletti knocked down another, as the Bulldogs went on a 17-2 run to open the second half.
They never looked back.
The Devils were held to nine third-quarter points, while Moffat County dropped in 29, effectively pulling away from the visitors.
A 3-pointer by senior post player Chayton Owens midway through the fourth quarter ” the first of his career ” pushed the Bulldogs lead to 24 points, 54-30, prompting Maneotis to empty his bench.
“We respected their inside-outside game in the first half really well,” Devils coach Pat Gabriel said. “But, in the third (quarter) two things happened: one, we didn’t get down the floor well against their press. And two, they hit some three’s and it kind of snowballed from there.”
Owens finished with a game-high 15 points to lead the Moffat County offense. Noble pitched in with 11, and Ramos added eight.
Wilson led Eagle Valley with eight points in the loss. Willie Magdziuk contributed seven.
Eagle Valley girls lose, 58-48
The Moffat County High School girls basketball team wrapped up its regular season on a high note Friday, outlasting visiting Eagle Valley, 58-48.
The win was the 10th in the last 11 games for the Bulldogs and wrapped up second place in the 4A Western Slope.
Leading by three at the half, Moffat County (15-8, 12-2) used a stingy second half defense and timely 3-pointers to put away the pesky Devils (9-14, 6-8).
“It was about coming out and playing with pride,” MCHS coach Craig Mortensen said of the second half adjustments made by his team. “We started playing ball like we know how. We didn’t give them any second shots and did all the little things right.”
Eagle Valley hung with the Bulldogs the game’s first three quarters.
Trailing by four entering the second period, the Devils outscored Moffat County 18-17 in the frame to close to within three at the break, 35-32.
Two free throws and a 3-pointer by Bulldogs senior Courtney Edington stretched the home team’s lead to seven, but the Devils didn’t quit.
Back-to-back buckets by Eagle Valley junior Jamie Bair cut the visitor’s deficit back to three with a minute left in the third.
Baskets by Nelson and senior Danielle Kawcak pushed the Moffat County lead back to seven entering the fourth quarter, but the Devils answered once again.
Jazmin Zapata and Stephanie Renzelman converted four consecutive free throws to pull the Devils within three, 46-43, but that would be the closest the would get the rest of the way.
Nelson and sophomore Lauren Roberts connected to push the Moffat County lead back to seven.
Devils guard Yvette Parra connected from downtown to pull the visitors within four, but Roberts’ bucket and free throw extended the lead once again.
Edington hit a 3-pointer as time expired to account for the final margin of victory.
“Everybody was saying to shoot,” Edington said. “So, I figured ‘why not?’ I just through it up there and it fell.”
The shots didn’t fall for the Devils when it counted most.
Eagle Valley missed its final five shots from the floor on the way to it’s eighth league loss of the season.
“Their defense just wore us down,” Devils coach Ken Reagan said. “We played well. We put up some good shots, they just didn’t fall there at the end.”
Edington scored a game-high 17 points to lead the Bulldogs. Nelson finished with 13, and Kawcak, nine.
Bair led three Devils in double figures, finishing with 12 points. Parra and Zapata pitched in with 10 points each.
John Vandelinder can be reached at 875-1793 or email@example.com
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