Sunday, December 10, 2000
Steamboat Springs Steamboat's Danny Weber jammed home his first slam-dunk of the season, and the Sailors basketball team went on a scoring spree Saturday, as it routed the Rangely Panthers 86-30 on the road.
Weber, who scored 14 points, pulled down five rebounds and finished with three steals. The victory propelled the Sailors to 4-0 on the season and served as a warm-up for this weekend's Steamboat Shoot-Out.
On Friday, the Sailors upset the Grand Junction Central Warriors 68-65.
"Friday night was a really big game," Weber said. "We knew Rangely wasn't going to be nearly as tough, but we wanted to make sure we came out with some intensity. It showed that we can stay tough and focused even against a weaker team."
Weber's dunk came during the first quarter when he took a pass from Ryan Kiely and drove the lane for a one-handed slam. It was the team's first dunk of the year.
The Sailors would shoot nearly 67 percent from the field Saturday, and four players scored in double digits. Alex Mackey, who played a large role in the upset of Central, scored 18 points against Rangely on 9-10 shooting. Andrew Johnston went 4-4 from the field and had 11 points.
It was a mismatch from the start as the Sailors jumped out to a 18-3 lead. By halftime, Steamboat held a commanding 45-8 advantage.
Jeff Aragon, who suffered ligament damage to his shooting thumb during the Central game, still managed three steals against Rangely. Sophomore forward Cody Sherrill came off the bench to score 10 points and Rusty Eck ended the game with eight points.
Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said his team played an aggressive defensive game.
"It was over quick but our kids continued to play hard," Meek said. "We executed in all phases of the game well."
Johnston led the team with seven rebounds, and Eck, Weber, Mackey and Hunter Maddox had five apiece.
Steamboat next plays Platte Canyon at 8:15 p.m. Thursday during the Steamboat Shoot-Out.