Sailors labor against Jaguars

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Sailors Cameron Petet draws a foul as he goes up against D'Evelyn's Andrew Hooper. The Sailors were defeated, 62-41, Saturday at the 8th annual Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.

— Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Kelly Meek admits his team isn't playing to its ability.

But even after Saturday's 62-41 loss against D'Evelyn in the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out, Meek said he can see the Sailors transforming into the team that, earlier in the summer, played with and beat some of the best teams in the region at a camp in Las Vegas.

"I'd say were a five," Meek said about his team's performance on a scale of 1 to 10. "We're in a flux right now. I see a lot of room for growth. They're good kids. They're easy to talk to and work with, it's just that we really got to find a chemistry."

Against D'Evelyn, the Sailors (2-3 overall) were forced to pick their poison. With a starting lineup consisting of three players taller than 6-foot-6 and four players who can knock down outside shots, D'Evelyn proved why it's one of the best teams in Class 4A.

While the Sailors focused on stopping the Jaguars' inside game, D'Evelyn shot lights-out from the outside.

The Jaguars jumped out to a quick 17-6 lead in the first quarter behind three 3-pointers from sophomore guard Jeremy Sullivan.

Steamboat trimmed the lead to 17-10 with 6 minutes, 42 seconds left in the second quarter with baskets from Colby Kostur and Aaron Calkins. D'Evelyn then hit back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers to extend its lead to 26-10.

"They have great size and guys who can stretch you out with their shooting," Meek said. "They're difficult to defend. But I thought overall, for the most part, it was our best performance of the weekend."

In the third quarter, Steamboat found itself down by as many as 18 points before senior Cameron Petet keyed a 9-2 run with 4:51 remaining in the third quarter.

Giving up as many as seven inches to D'Evelyn's forwards, the 6-foot-2-inch Petet scored six points in a two-minute stretch to bring Steamboat within 11 points at 35-24.

D'Evelyn answered with another 3-pointer - one of its 11 in the game - to extend its lead to 40-26 heading into the last quarter.

The teams traded buckets in the fourth quarter until the final two minutes, when Steamboat was forced to try to knock down 3-pointers. D'Evelyn took advantage and finished on a 10-4 run.

The loss means Steamboat finished fourth in the Shoot-Out. D'Evelyn finished third.

Calkins led the Sailors with 16 points. Petet scored 10, and Michael Vandahl added five.

"It will come. I have confidence it will come," Calkins said. "We're a really tight group, so we'll get it together. We're just trying to find what we are right now."

In the championship game, Liberty beat Aspen, 73-43.

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