Sailors come away with win


— As the final few minutes ticked off the game clock, the fans inside the Moffat County High School gymnasium began to chant the words "oover-rated, oover-rated."

But after completely shutting down Moffat County's offensive attack in the third quarter and picking up the team's 15th straight win this season, the words of the Bulldogs' fans just came across as a meaningless drone to the Sailor players. Steamboat defeated Moffat County in the game 53-43 Thursday night in Craig.

"I love playing here," an elated Andrew Johnston said after the game. "Sure, it's a tough place to play, but the atmosphere is great. The crowd here in Craig is tough, but we don't normally get this many spectators at away games."

Johnston, who was playing in just his second complete game since injuring his ankle almost a month ago, scored eight points in the game.

Steamboat's well-balanced attack, however, was led by Danny Weber, who netted 11 points in the game. Ryan Scheer added nine points, Alex Mackey scored seven points and Jeff Aragon and Rusty Eck each scored five points in the game.

Jeff Gaylord and Kevin Vorhees produced most the the Bulldogs offense in the game. Gaylord scored 13 points in the first half alone and nine more in the final quarter to finish with 22. Vorhees added another 13 and Mark Turner scored four points.

Steamboat and Moffat County were tied at 22 points apiece after the first two quarters of Thursday night's game. But in the third the Sailors defense picked up the slack and kept the Bulldogs off the board. The Sailors scored 12 points in the frame and took control of the contest from that point. Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said it was the third time this year that the Sailors have kept an opponent from scoring in a quarter.

"We need to play better if we are going to beat this team," Moffat County coach Blaine Corlett said after the contest. "We scored zero points in the third quarter and that isn't going to win any game."

Corlett said his team didn't get that many good looks and when they did fire a shot it just wouldn't fall. The coach was also upset about the officiating pointing out that his team had eight fouls during the period and Steamboat only collected two.

"We didn't really change anything in the third quarter," Weber said after the game. "We didn't play that well in the first, so we knew that we needed to step it up."

Sailors coach Kelly Meek was all smiles after the game and agreed with his players that coming to Moffat County is a treat.

"We look at every gym as a home gym," Meek said after the game. "I've always liked coming here. I enjoy the gym and I enjoy the crowd. I've always liked the big games."

The coach said his team will focus on practice this Friday as he continues to stress to his players that they play one possession at a time. He said the team's current winning streak doesn't mean a thing.

"We don't think about it, so there is no pressure," Meek said.

Steamboat is currently in first place in the league with a perfect 8-0 record. Moffat County dropped to 4-4 in the league.

Steamboat will face Battle Mountain on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Steamboat Springs High School.


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