Boys basketball cruises to victory

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— The Steamboat Springs and Battle Mountain boys basketball teams hit the midpoint of the 4A Slope season Saturday going in opposite directions.

Steamboat upped its league mark to 6-0 - the Sailors have yet to play Delta because of a weather postponement - and its overall record to 11-3 with an 85-49 rout of Battle Mountain (0-7, 0-14).

"We started really strong, unlike (Friday) night against Eagle Valley," Sailors coach Kelly Meek said. "I thought we were really well focused defensively and we just ran our sets real well. Our kids shared the ball real well."

The game was essentially over before it began. The Sailors led 20-8 at the end of the first quarter and 42-16 at the half. The Sailors' Aaron Calkins led his team with 20 points, while Michael Vandahl had 20. Colby Kostur chipped in 13 and Cameron Petet had 11.

Zach Adamson topped the Huskies with 17.

"They're good, and we're young and struggling and inexperienced," Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue said. "They're a good, solid team. When we came out in the third quarter, four different guys for them on four straight possessions hit 3-pointers. That's a team that's seasoned, experienced and knows how to play the game."

Battle Mountain hopes to turn things around in the second half, starting with a road game at Palisade on Friday. Meanwhile, the Sailors, who are at Rifle on Friday, will be looking for another league crown.

"The majority of our games are on the road now," Meek said. "But we've played well on the road. We went into Glenwood and handled that one. The championship will go through that - how well we fare on the road. I was real pleased tonight."

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