Steamboat Springs boys basketball, 2008-09
- Dec. 5, Steamboat 48, Roaring Fork 34 at Roaring Fork Tournament; (1-0)
- Dec. 6, Steamboat 53, Basalt 36 at Roaring Fork Tournament; (2-0)
- Dec. 11, Castle View 57, Steamboat 38 at Steamboat ShootOut tournament; (2-1)
- Dec. 12, Steamboat 70, Summit 41 at Steamboat ShootOut tournament; (3-1)
- Dec. 13, Green River, Wyo., 68, Steamboat 41 at Steamboat ShootOut tournament; (3-2)
- Dec. 18, at Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament; (3-3)
- Dec. 19, Evanston, Wyo. 49, Steamboat 37 at Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament; (3-4)
- Dec. 20, Cheyenne East 41, Steamboat 38 at Flaming Gorge Classic basketball tournament; (3-5)
- Jan. 9, Steamboat 46, Battle Mountain 23; (4-5)
- Jan. 10, Steamboat 55, Eagle Valley 30; (5-5)
- Jan. 16, Steamboat 78, Palisade 46; (6-5)
- Jan. 17, Steamboat 66, Delta 37; (7-5)
- Jan. 23, Steamboat 65, Rifle 38; (8-5)
- Jan. 24, Steamboat 47, Glenwood Springs 45; (9-5)
- Jan. 27, Steamboat 44, Moffat County 32;(10-5)
- Jan. 30, Steamboat 63, Eagle Valley 41;(11-5)
- Feb. 6, Steamboat 50, Palisade 44;(12-5)
- Feb. 7, Steamboat 54, Delta 43;(13-5)
- Feb. 13, Steamboat 54, Rifle 45;(14-5)
- Feb. 14, Glenwood Springs 61, Steamboat 51;(14-6)
- Feb. 17 vs. Moffat County, 7:30 p.m.
- Feb. 20 at Battle Mountain, 7:30 p.m.
- Feb. 25 state playoffs begin
A rocky start to the season and late losses to Glenwood Springs and Moffat County weren't enough to deny the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team the comforts of home in the first round of the postseason tournament.
The Sailors, a No. 6 seed in the tournament, will play Skyline on Wednesday.
"More than anything, we're just excited to have the opportunity," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. "I think our seed is indicative of how we finished the season, and I think it reflects a little bit of the strength of our league in relation to the rest of the state."
DeWolfe said the tough run through the Western Slope gauntlet - five league teams made the 48-team draw, and four will host games - helped prepare his team for the playoffs.
He also said a tough league might make Skyline a more dangerous opponent than its 10-13 record might indicate. The Falcons were 10th in the North conference and lost five of their final eight games.
The Longmont-based team is lead by guard Blaine Robinson, who averages more than 20 points a game. He'll likely be a big part of any tournament run the No. 11 seed can piece together.
"They're a team in a very good league, and their record isn't really indicative of how good they are," DeWolfe said after having queried friends who had seen the team play. "They'll be athletic. We'll have to find a way to deal with that and with Robinson."
The fact that those hurdles will all come inside Kelly Meek Gymnasium could be the best news Steamboat got when the brackets were released Sunday afternoon.
The Sailors haven't lost at home since early December and won all seven home Western Slope games.
Skyline, meanwhile, lost all eight of its road games this season.
"It's a big advantage for us," DeWolfe said. "Whenever you get a team up here from the eastern slope, they might be a little out of their comfort zone. Hopefully, we can use that, do the things we need to do and win."
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