Steamboat Springs The Steamboat Springs boys basketball team had a game Friday night in Delta unlike any other it has had this season - one where its opponent never even had hope.
The Sailors dominated the Panthers from start to finish, burying their opponent, 69-40, with unselfish play that saw all 13 varsity players getting quality minutes on the floor.
"They're a high-energy club, but we just hit them with such a barrage," Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said.
Delta tried to stymie the Steamboat attack with a half-court press, but the Sailors found the holes on their opening possession. Colby Kostur drained a 3-pointer to spark a 15-0 run from which the Sailors never looked back.
By halftime, Steamboat was up, 38-17, and Meek was able to start giving his starters a rest.
"After the first quarter, I give them credit because they played hard," Meek said. "But we hit them with a couple of sets to get wide open and took (Delta's) energy off."
Despite playing limited minutes, Michael Vandahl led the Sailors with 18 points, six rebounds and six assists. Kostur and Aaron Calkins each chipped in 11 points, Nelson Brassell scored 10 and Darren Burke had nine. On the boards, Alex Wood pulled down eight rebounds, Burke had seven and Calkins had six.
The win extends Steamboat's Class 4A Western Slope League unbeaten streak to 20 games.
Steamboat shifts its focus to a sharp-shooting Palisade squad (10-2 overall, 4-0 in league) for today's 5:30 p.m. away game. Fortunately, Meek didn't think the taste of a big win was about to go to his players' heads.
"They're a pretty smart crew that knows what's coming (today)," he said.
The Steamboat boys junior varsity squad also finished with a 44-43 win off Darian Buelter's winning shot.