Steamboat boys basketball pulls out win against Moffat |

Steamboat boys basketball pulls out win against Moffat

Steamboat beats rival Moffat County, 51-50

Luke Graham

Isiah Mendoza-Forsyth drives toward the basket in the first half of Friday night's game against the Moffat County Bulldogs in Steamboat Springs. The Sailors won, 51-50.
John F. Russell

In its rivalry with Moffat County High School, nothing ever seems to come easy for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team.

But on a night where there was little flow to the game and the Sailors trailed for much of the second half, Steamboat somehow found a way to beat their rival, 51-50, in Kelly Meek Gymnasium.

"It was one of those games where it seemed like we could not, no matter what, get any momentum going," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. "We were able to hang and keep it close and give ourselves a shot at the end."

Charles Wood made a free throw with two seconds left in the game, and Moffat's Zach Raftopoulos' half-court shot at the buzzer missed, giving Steamboat the win.

The Sailors led by as much as 18-9 early in the first half before a scrappy Bulldogs team went on runs of its own.

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Moffat County, trailing 25-21 at half, started the third quarter on a 13-4 run to take a 34-29 lead. The second half saw five ties and six lead changes as Steamboat's Isiah Mendoza-Forsyth played his second consecutive game in which he put the team on his back.

Down 50-45 with 1 minute, 6 seconds left, Mendoza-Forsyth hit a step-back 3-pointer to cut the lead to 50-48.

Steamboat's Justin Anderson stole the ball on Moffat County's ensuing possession, and Randall Nelson then tied the score at 50 with 39 seconds remaining.

Bulldogs guard Dylon Camilletti missed a jumper with five seconds remaining, Wood grabbed the rebound, raced down court and was fouled.

Mendoza-Forsyth led all scorers with 20 points, and Nelson added 16.

Steamboat (9-7 overall, 4-2) now preps for a 5:30 p.m. game today at home against league-leading Glenwood Springs.

"That's the whole enchilada," Mendoza-Forsyth said. "If we beat them we have a shot of being first in the league. If we lose, Glenwood pretty much has it in the bag."

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