Friday, December 10, 2004
Tyler Fosdick struggled to sit down. He spent the last 32 minutes getting thrown around on defense, drawing four charges in the process.
And in the land of Steamboat Springs boys basketball, while scoring points helps win games, drawing charges and playing good defense scores points with coach Kelly Meek.
Fosdick may not have the most points or rebounds, but all he cares about is winning games, which Steamboat continues to do, defeating previously unbeaten Conifer, 67-49, Friday.
Steamboat will face Northridge at 8:15 p.m. today in what likely will be a very entertaining Steamboat Shootout championship game.
After Friday's game, there was talk that four charges must be a single-game record.
"No," said Meek, Steamboat's coach of 30-plus years. "But that's really good."
So are the Sailors.
In what had the makings to be Colorado -versus-Oklahoma-in-the-Big-12- championship-game ugly, Steamboat cruised to a 34-16 halftime lead behind senior Cameron Burney's 14 first-half points. But Burney picked up his fourth foul in the opening two minutes of the third quarter and had to sit for the rest of the third and the outset of the fourth.
Conifer slapped on a press, and the game got interesting. The Lobos cut a 20-point deficit to two with 5 minutes, 10 seconds left in the fourth.
"They put the run and jump press on, and we just panicked," Fosdick said.
"We were playing not to lose," Meek said.
Once the Sailors slowed down and ran their offense, they went on a 19-3 run to close out the game. Senior Patrick Ayres keyed the run, drawing a charge and hitting a lay-up on the subsequent possession.
Steamboat, behind the effort of junior Scott Peterson, held Conifer's two shooters -- Jeff Dolan and Mike Theiss -- to five combined points.
Despite foul trouble, Burney led Steamboat with 24 points 12 rebounds and three assists. Senior Dustin Moran had 12 points, six rebounds and three assists. Senior Collin Hare had 10 points.