Sailors boys cruise to win in league finale

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Foul trouble did little to hamper the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team's mission of finishing the league season unbeaten, as the Sailors routed Eagle Valley, 71-49, in Gypsum on Saturday.

Steamboat finished the regular season 20-2 overall and 14-0 in Western Slope League play. The Sailors are eyeing a top eight state tournament seed when seedings are announced today on the Colorado High School Activities Association's Web site, www.chsaa.org.

"We started slow and just picked it up," Sailors coach Kelly Meek said. "The kids really played well."

Despite foul trouble from seniors Cameron Burney and Pat Ayres, the Sailors were able to put the Devils away by the end of the third quarter. Burney finished with 19 points in limited action, and junior Scott Peterson added 18.

Peterson was a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line, and Burney was 8-for-9. The Devils also were in foul trouble Saturday, Meek said. Three players eventually fouled out.

"They had all sorts of guys coming at us hard," Meek said. "We shot the free throws really well."

Steamboat won the league by a convincing three games this season, proving game in and game out, it was the most balanced and consistent team in the league. Now, the Sailors want to be rewarded for winning the league title with the opportunity to host a quadrant tournament Friday and Saturday.

The top two teams from each of eight quadrants advance to the Sweet 16.

"I know overall we were the best defensive team beginning to end," Meek said. "I think that's what held us together. That and we're so unselfish."

The girls' seedings will be announced today, as well, and the Steamboat girls, who lost on Saturday to Eagle Valley, will wait to see where the state is sending them.

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

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