The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team landed a No. 6 seed for upcoming playoff action. Sailors, including Jack Spady, shown here shooting against Moffat County in January, will face Skyline in their first game of the postseason.

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The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team landed a No. 6 seed for upcoming playoff action. Sailors, including Jack Spady, shown here shooting against Moffat County in January, will face Skyline in their first game of the postseason.

Sailors boys basketball to face Skyline on Wednesday

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Steamboat Springs boys basketball, 2008-09

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."

- To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 871-4253 or e-mail jreichenberger@steamboatpilot.com

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