'Boat splits games this weekend

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The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team split its games at the Roaring Fork Tournament during the weekend.

The Sailors opened with a 71-54 loss to Class 4A D'Evelyn on Friday but bounced back to defeat host Roaring Fork, a 3A team, 52-41, on Saturday.

D'Evelyn is picked to win the competitive Jefferson County League. The Jaguars don't start a player smaller than 6-foot-2. Their tallest player is 6-foot-9. But the Sailors (1-1 overall) hung with the Jaguars until turnovers and foul trouble caught up with them.

"We started out really well," Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said. "We would go through their press really well and broke it down and got easy buckets. Then we had dumb turnovers, and we fouled out three guys -- Cameron Burney, Patrick Ayres and Henry Howard. Those three went down in a close time frame. At that point, it was a seven-point game."

Before fouling out, Burney, a senior, scored a team-high 21 points. Senior Dustin Moran had 12, and Howard, also a senior, had eight points. Howard also had a team-high five rebounds and four assists.

Steamboat players didn't get to bed until 1 a.m. Saturday before turning around to play host Roaring Fork at 11 a.m.

Roaring Fork, which is traveling to Steamboat this weekend for the Steamboat Shootout, returned three starters from last year's team.

"They are good," Meek said. "I was really pleased with the effort we gave. You could tell we were sluggish."

The Sailors started out slow and trailed 12-5 after the first quarter but began to play better in the second. Once again, however, Steamboat lost Ayres and Burney for the game with foul trouble. Ayres went out in the third quarter, and Burney went out midway through the fourth.

Meek said Howard may be out for a while and possibly the rest of the season, after seriously injuring himself in the first half of the game against Roaring Fork. He was scheduled to have an MRI on Tuesday.

"With those fouling out, we went really lean, and our kids executed really well," Meek said. "Collin Hare had a real nice game, and Dustin ran the show really well. Tyler (Fosdick) did a super job in the second half, and Scott (Peterson) was solid offensively."

Burney led the Sailors with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Moran had 14 points, and Hare added 12, including nine in the second half.

Peterson had a team-high six assists, as well. Fosdick and Moran had a combined seven assists.

Steamboat's next game is at 6:15 p.m. Thursday against regional opponent Montrose in the opening round of the Steamboat Shootout. The junior varsity and varsity tournament runs from 3 p.m. Thursday until late Saturday night at the high school.

-- To reach Melinda Mawdsley call 871-4208 or e-mail mmawdsley@steamboatpilot.com

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