Saturday, February 14, 2004
Forget the Western Slope League. Glenwood Springs junior Sean Flohr might be the best shooter in Colorado. But even his 32 points weren't enough Saturday, as Steamboat Springs won 49-45 to clinch at least a share of the league championship.
If Steamboat defeats Battle Mountain on Thursday, the Sailors will win the league outright.
Flohr scored all 13 of the Demons' fourth-quarter points in their come-from-behind effort Saturday.
But unlike Friday's loss to Rifle, Steamboat didn't fold down the stretch, making free throws and preventing Glenwood from hitting any clutch shots in the game's final two minutes.
Flohr's 3-pointer with 3:43 remaining in the fourth pulled the Demons to within 42-45, but the teams traded turnovers and timeouts before Steamboat senior Devin Borvansky took over on both ends of the court, grabbing rebounds and hitting four free throws in the game's final 39 seconds to give his team the four-point win.
"I thought the kids fought hard," Sailors coach Kelly Meek said. "They played through their mistakes and handled the two runs Glenwood made well."
The Sailors opened the fourth quarter with a turnover, and Flohr answered with a quick basket to pull the Demons to within seven, but Steamboat sophomore Scott Peterson stepped up and nailed a three and drew the foul, converting the four-point play.
Peterson was 5-of-8 from behind the arc Saturday and scored a team-high 17 points for the Sailors. Defensively, Peterson was primarily responsible for guarding Flohr.
Peterson has gone from having no defensive game as a freshman to frequently drawing the toughest defensive assignment as a first-year starter as a sophomore this season. He did not suit varsity last year.
"When I came in as a freshman I didn't play defense," Peterson said. "Coach challenged me to play defense during the summer, and that's when I got comfortable with the team."
While the Sailors' veteran leadership helped the team late in Saturday's game, the youthfulness of the Demons hurt them once again.
Glenwood coach Kevin Flohr pointed out that, in the Demons' six league losses this season, they have held the advantage only to give it away in the second half. But the first-year coach is more concerned with what he sees on the floor than what the final is, especially with nearly every member of his team back next season.
"It doesn't matter where we end up, as long as we grow," he said.
In addition to Peterson, Borvansky chipped in with 13 points to go along with nine rebounds and four assists. Senior Nick Monterotti had eight points, while junior Patrick Ayres had four rebounds, and senior Kyle Re had four assists.
With the win, Steamboat improved to 14-4 overall and 9-2 in the league. Glenwood fell to 7-10 and 4-6.
Steamboat's JV boys team won Saturday as well, 47-45.
Steambaot hosts Battle Mountain at 7:30 p.m. Thursday.