Craig For the first time all season, Steamboat Springs High School boys varsity basketball coach Luke DeWolfe said the Sailors played a complete game.
Save for the last two minutes.
Playing Tuesday at Moffat County High School, the Sailors were able to withstand a late rally by the Bulldogs and escape with a 60-51 victory.
Leading by as many as 12 points in the fourth quarter, the Sailors (13-8 overall, 10-3 in the Western Slope League) watched their lead evaporate as the Bulldogs (5-17, 3-10 in the WSL) came charging back.
Led by Jordan Wilson, Moffat County was about to close the gap to 6 points before the Sailors were able to close out the win.
“That was a pretty complete game,” DeWolfe said. “It’s something that has been a long time coming. We’ve been going through lulls, but tonight, we were able to push through it and put it all together.”
The Sailors jumped to a 15-8 lead after the first half and a 30-22 lead going into halftime.
The game appeared to be breaking open after the Sailors gained a 47-32 advantage after three quarters.
Moffat County was able to close the gap, but time ran out.
Wilson had 17 points to lead all scorers, and Pablo Salcido, who scored 15 points to go along with three second-half steals, had what MCHS coach Steve Maneotis said was his best high school game.
“I’m proud of the way he, and everyone else played,” Maneotis said. But the difference was, Steamboat was able to make some big shots, and they just weren’t falling for us.”
Even after Steamboat was able to connect, the Bulldogs wouldn’t let them build momentum, Maneotis said.
“They never quit, and I’m always proud of them for that,” he said. “That’s the way this group works.”
Angelo Raftopoulos added 8 points for Moffat County, and Zach Raftopoulos had 6 points.
For the Sailors, Isiah Forsyth had 10 points, including 8-for-8 shooting at the free-throw line, Charles Wood had 16 points, Randall Nelson had 13 points and seven boards, and Conor Landusky and Jack Spady each had 8 points.
“I though we played really good defense and scored enough to hold on and get the win,” DeWolfe said. “Conor Landusky had a good game for us on offense and defense, and Randall Nelson was able to assert himself. He got us going.”