Steamboat Springs After two years of down-to-the-wire games, the Steamboat boys basketball team came out 15 points ahead for its third straight championship at the Roaring Fork Tournament.
The Sailor boys used tough defense to win a 59-44 game against Roaring Fork in Carbondale. Earlier Saturday night, the Sailors girls basketball team did not fare quite so well as they dropped a close 53-50 game to Glenwood Springs in the championship final.
Once again, defense was the key to success, Sailors boys coach Kelly Meek said. After watching the Rams win in a double-overtime game against the Glenwood Springs Demons Friday night, the Sailors knew stopping the Rams' fast-break would be the key to a third championship.
The Sailors were able to shut down the Rams, whose three quick guards helped the team score more than 70 points the night before. Leading the way for Steamboat was point guard Jeff Aragon, who had six steals, and forward Ryan Scheer with seven rebounds.
The Sailors kept the Rams' leading scores at bay with Juan Quinto coming up with only 12 points and Levi Applegate with 11.
It took until the second quarter before the Sailors broke free of the Rams. At the end of the first, the game was tied 13-13, but then the Sailors picked it up to outscore the Rams 19-8 in the second quarter. They continued the momentum into the third quarter where they had a
On offense, Aragon once again led the way with 15 points and Scheer also made it into double digits with 13 points. Off the bench, the Sailors came up big with sixth man John Daschle scoring nine points and Cameron Burney tallying 9.
For the girls team, Saturday had a similar feel to last year's game where they lost in double overtime by one point to the Demons.
At halftime, the Demons led by six points, a lead they would keep through the third quarter. But, the Sailors rallied in the fourth to bring the win within striking distance for the last four minutes.
Sailors coach Bruce Alston said that a 45-percent rate at the foul line, from a team that had an 80-percent success rate the night before, was costly. The Sailors ended the night with 11 missed free throws.
Leading scores for the game were Jennifer Weber with 11 points, Shelly Dunlap with nine and Bayli Stillwell with seven.
Alston noted that although last year's team dropped its preseason game against Glenwood, it came back to win both league games.