Photo by Matt Stensland
Steamboat Springs High School sophomore Isiah Forsyth looks for an open teammate during the first half of Saturday's game against Eagle Valley.
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 Knowing he didn't have the height to defend Eagle Valley's post players or the speed to stop Devils guard Cesar Castillo, Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe deployed a tactic not often seen in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium the past 30 years.
DeWolfe went to a 2-3 zone.
It worked beautifully as Steamboat ran past Eagle Valley, 55-30, on Saturday night, looking as good as the team has all year.
"We just felt : with their really good guard who can penetrate, he could hurt us inside," DeWolfe said about the tactic. "We've played that zone a couple times, and our kids really respond to it. We wanted to put physical pressure on their post players. To get through Alex (Wood) and Nelson (Brassell) is a task. Especially Alex. Getting through him is going to be tough."
Eagle Valley opened up looking inside at 6-foot-10 forward Zach Ramsay. But each time Ramsay got the ball, the zone collapsed, often creating a turnover.
"That's exactly how I'd defend us," Eagle Valley coach Pat Gabriel said. "They were way more physical than us, unfortunately. Our kids got knocked around."
Steamboat had all but put the game away in the first two quarters.
Although the Sailors continued to struggle with their shooting - 7 of 22 in the first half - the Steamboat defense more than made up for it.
The Sailors created 14 first-half turnovers and took a 24-12 lead into the break.
"It seems to be getting better with each game," DeWolfe said about the offense. "There is still a lot of opportunity to improve. But it's just a matter of us hitting easy shots. If we can combine that with our defense, we'll be tough to beat."
Nelson Brassell led the Sailors with 15 points and seven rebounds. Alex Wood chipped in 13 points, 11 rebounds and six assists. Castillo led Eagle Valley with 9 points, while Willie Magdziuk scored 8.