Sailor boys off to slow start

Turnovers lead to pair of season-opening losses

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— The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team is going to need more consistent play and fewer turnovers this weekend to turn things around after a disappointing start.

"I was disappointed in the team's execution at both ends of the floor," Steamboat coach Meek said. "I would be lying if I didn't say that."

Steamboat's first big letdown of the season-opening weekend came Friday when, despite a tremendous fourth-quarter run, the team fell to Montrose, 45-44.

With three minutes left to play, the Sailors were trailing 42-28, Meek said. But a 16-3 run gave Steamboat a chance for redemption at the end.

Devin Borvansky came to life, netting six of his 10 points in the final minutes of the game. Kyle Re led the team with 13 points and Cameron Burney added 12 to Steamboat's total.

Burney had 17 rebounds in the game and Borvansky grabbed eight.

But for most of the game, Steamboat struggled offensively. The team scored six points in the first 13 minutes of the second half and turned the ball over 20 times in the game -- including 10 traveling infractions.

"The turnovers killed us all weekend," Meek said. "It's very frustrating as a coach and a player to make those kinds of mistakes."

Things didn't improve for the Sailors on Saturday, when they shot just 26.3 percent from the field en route to a 52-38 loss to Glenwood Springs.

Nick Monterottie and Re led the Sailors with 14 points each.

Steamboat looked strong early in the contest and, at one point in the second quarter, had taken a 20-14 lead over Glenwood.

However, a defensive lapse in which Glenwood's top scorer, Sean Flohr, netted 10 of his 17 points gave the Demons an advantage they would never surrender.

Meek said the Sailors' 20 turnovers also prove costly and ended any chance of making a second-half run.

"There were some good points last weekend, but we still have a lot of work to do," Meek said. "Our team showed a lot of character in the comeback against Montrose and that's a positive sign."

The coach is hoping to see a different side of the 2003-04 Sailors this weekend when they host the Steamboat Shootout.

Play begins Thursday and continues through Saturday at the Steamboat Springs High School.


--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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