Sailors get ugly win

Steamboat takes Summit to overtime, slides by with win

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Other than picking up a 49-47 overtime win, there was little for the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team to be pleased about Tuesday night.

The Sailors team that played with offensive patience and defensive intensity en route to winning the Steamboat Shootout over the weekend, failed to show up against Summit.

Except for some timely sharp shooting from junior Patrick Ayres and quick hands and key steals from senior Kyle Re off the bench, Steamboat likely would have come out on the losing end of Tuesday's game.

And if Garrison Green's desperation shot from beyond half court had dropped through the net instead of rim out in the closing seconds of overtime, Summit would have left Steamboat victorious anyway.

"I think we came in overconfident," Ayres said.

The heads on Steamboat's players are back to their usual size.

The Sailors (4-2) squandered an 8-point fourth quarter lead because they did not defend well as a team and settled for quick jumpers. The Tigers used a 12-0 run to not only even the score, but also to take the lead with three minutes left in regulation.

Steamboat started to full-court press, which created a steal and easy lay-in for Re. Re evened the score at 42-42 on a baseline jumper off an Ayres steal.

Steamboat sophomore Scott Peterson's game-winning attempt came up short as time expired.

Summit won the overtime tip and immediately found Mike Holloway driving to the basket. Steamboat senior Devin Borvansky was late arriving and was called for the blocking foul. Holloway made the free throw to convert the 3-point play.

The Sailors and Tigers exchanged turnovers before Re hit a short jumper to pull his team to within one. Ayres gave Steamboat the lead for good with 1:22 left in overtime on a designed play to give him an open look from behind the arc.

Ayres led all scorers with 15 points Tuesday. All five of his baskets came from 3-point range.

"I was feeling my shot," he said.

Re and junior Henry Howard combined to score 17 points off the bench. Re had six steals, as well.

While the Sailors did win the game, coach Kelly Meek was not pleased with the way Steamboat defended, executed offensively and rebounded overall. For the Sailors to consistently come out on top, particularly against better opponents, the Sailors need to grab loose balls and limit opponents to one shot.

Tuesday, they did neither.

And if the same Steamboat team that showed up against Summit comes Thursday to play an athletic and talented Rangely squad, the home team won't be so fortunate, Ayres and Meek said.

Game time between Steamboat and Rangely, the state's top-ranked team in Class 2A, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Steamboat Springs High School.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208

or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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