Steamboat Basketball playoffs
The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team will take on Skyline at 7 p.m. Wednesday at home.
- Wednesday, February 25, 2009, 7 p.m.
- Steamboat Springs High School, 45 Maple St., Steamboat Springs
/ $5 - $6
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
Steamboat Springs High School seniors Nelson Brassell and Alex Wood have seen a lot in their time playing basketball.
They've seen the longest win streak in the Western Slope League. They've seen two straight trips to the Sweet 16.
So as the two prepare for a 7 p.m. opening playoff game today in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium against 10th seeded Skyline, the two realize just how important their roles are, especially considering that when the two own the paint, Steamboat usually wins.
"It definitely starts inside-out for our team," Wood said. "It's been our motto most of the year. It's an easy way to get our shooters open. I think we have to come in with confidence because it's a one-game state championship every time in the playoffs."
Brassell's and Wood's roles have been huge all season.
In Steamboat's past two losses - close league games with Glenwood Springs and Moffat County - the two seniors struggled inside. In Steamboat's 12 league wins, the two put up big numbers.
"For us, (the key) is to make sure we rebound well and establish ourselves in the post," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. "If we defend well, it gives us a great opportunity to win."
Although Skyline comes in with just a 10-13 record, the team certainly poses a threat. The Falcons went 7-9 in the Class 4A Northern League, arguably the toughest league in the classification. For perspective, the Rocky Mountain News ranked five teams from the Northern League in the top 10.
The Falcons are led by a trio of guards, most notably Blaine Robinson, who has averaged more than 20 points a game on the season.
"He's going to get his points," Brassell said about Robinson. "But if we contain him, we'll have a better chance."
One advantage Steamboat will have is playing in the comforts of the Kelly Meek Gymnasium. The No. 6-seed Sailors went undefeated in league at home, and the Falcons come in just 1-11 in road games this year.
Although Steamboat is just 1-2 in its past three games, DeWolfe said the Sailors come in with confidence. He said he thinks Steamboat matches up well with Skyline's athleticism.
If Steamboat can defend and shoot like the team has at times this year, DeWolfe said he's confident the Sailors can win today and possibly make a run in the playoffs.
"I felt pretty good even in those losses," he said. "Now it's a matter of putting it together and seeing where it's going from there. I think if we get hot and have confidence anything could happen. We've said all year we can compete with any team in 4A if we're shooting well and defending well."
The winner of today's game plays Saturday at No. 2 Longmont. A time for that game has yet to be determined.
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