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
The collective smile and sigh of relief from the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team couldn't have gone unnoticed.
After weeks of struggling to find offensive consistency and a shooting touch, Steamboat couldn't seem to miss Friday against Palisade.
The Sailors shot 57 percent, had four players score in double figures and hit nine 3-pointers en route to a 78-46 win in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium.
"The difference in where we've been and where we were (Friday) is shooting - plain and simple," Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. "I'm glad our kids stay positive, and hopefully, this is a sign of things to come."
If it's a sign of things to come, there won't be many teams that can beat Steamboat. In addition to shooting the ball so well, the Sailors were again stingy on defense, holding the Bulldogs to 19 of 50 shooting.
It started in the first quarter. After Palisade had taken a 4-2 lead, Steamboat started to find its rhythm. Nelson Brassell hit three first-quarter 3-pointers and Jack Spady hit another to vault Steamboat to an 18-8 first quarter lead. The Sailors had extended the lead to 27-13 with 4:41 to go in the second quarter, when they really took over.
For the next two minutes, Steamboat wouldn't miss. Brassell hit a jumper. Spady hit one. Isiah Forsyth hit a couple, and Charles Wood nailed three. All told, Steamboat went on a 14-2 run in a little more than two minutes.
"Coach just told us to be confident and wrote it really big on the board," said Wood, who led all scorers with 17. "We went out and shot confident. We've been shooting well in practice and it transferred over into the game. But I don't know if we can make many more shots. I don't know if we can shoot better than that."
The Sailors were almost as effective in the third quarter, scoring 24 points in building their lead to 65-36.
Along with Wood, Brassell scored 16 points, while Spady added 15 and Forsyth - despite flu-like conditions - scored 11.
The offensive outburst was a welcome sign to DeWolfe, who had been preaching for weeks that Steamboat was a good shooting team. He said he expects it to continue as Steamboat welcomes Delta for a 5:30 p.m. game today.
"It's hard to defend when you have everybody scoring," he said. "I think with any team, but especially with this one because of our youth, confidence for us is a big feather in our cap. Being where we're at now, that was a big boost for us."
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