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Steamboat Springs High School senior Randall Nelson goes in for a shot against Glenwood Springs High School.
Saturday, January 8, 2011
2010-11 Sailors boys basketball schedule
- Dec. 1: Niwot 68, Steamboat 41
- Dec. 3 and 4 Brenda Patch Tournament:
- Dec. 3: Steamboat 49, Roaring Fork 43
- Dec. 4: Steamboat 47, Basalt 33
- Dec. 9 to 11 Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out:
- Dec. 9: Palmer Ridge 44, Steamboat 30
- Dec. 10: Steamboat 53, D'Evelyn 51
- Dec. 11: Windsor 49, Steamboat 35
- Dec. 13: Steamboat 52, Aspen 47
- Dec. 16 to 18 Flaming Gorge Classic:
- Dec. 16: Rock Springs 68, Steamboat 35
- Dec. 17: Steamboat 47, Star Valley 45
- Dec. 18: Evanston 58, Steamboat 34
- Jan. 7: Glenwood Springs 54, Steamboat 43
- Jan. 14: Steamboat 53, Battle Mountain 32
- Jan. 15: Steamboat 66, Eagle Valley 51
- Jan. 21: Palisade 47, Steamboat 44
- Jan. 22: Steamboat 60, Delta 44
- Jan. 28: Steamboat 51, Moffat County 50
- Jan. 29: Steamboat 56, Glenwood 54
- Feb. 4: Steamboat 48, Battle Mountain 38
- Feb. 8: Steamboat 43, Eagle Valley 25
- Feb. 11: Steamboat 42, Palisade 27
- Feb. 12: Steamboat 74, Delta 46
- Feb. 18: at Moffat County, 3:30 p.m.
Glenwood Springs Just about everything fell right for Steamboat Springs in the first quarter of its 4A Western Slope League opener at Glenwood Springs on Friday.
Randall Nelson scored the game’s first seven points on a couple of inside looks and a 3-pointer. Isiah Mendoza-Forsyth hit a pair of triples. Charles Wood drained a shot from beyond the arc and finished with five points.
The hot-shooting Sailors surged out to a 16-8 lead and, behind a 7-of-14 shooting performance, finished the frame with an 18-15 advantage.
But everything changed in the second quarter.
Mustering just four points on 2-of-16 shooting, the Sailors dropped into a 24-22 deficit and never fully recovered.
Behind 24 points from senior Kevin Flohr, Glenwood Springs made Steamboat pay, scoring a 54-43 win against the Sailors in a showdown between teams that, in recent seasons, always seem to hover near the top of the Western Slope League Class 4A.
“Our shooting, we could never get it going from” the second quarter on, Steamboat Springs coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We got great looks. Those were shots our guards would normally hit. Randall, our inside guy, normally will hit his shots. They defended well, but those are shots we’ve got to hit if we want to beat good teams.”
Key rebounds down the stretch by Flohr, Nick Ciani and Willy Pelland paved the way for the host Demons (7-3) in the second half as they outscored the Sailors by 30-21 after halftime.
“They did a good job with it,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “They were rebounding. I stressed at halftime, ‘If you guys want to win this basketball game, you’ve got to rebound. Not just two guys, but we have to have four guys crashing the boards.’ In the second half, we worked hard on the boards and started doing the little things.”
Pelland scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Flohr secured eight boards, and Ciani finished nine rebounds and two points.
“Steamboat’s always a good team,” Pelland said. “They have great coaches. It’s really big for us to get that win and start us out good in league. We’ll have that ball rolling. We can just keep it going, hopefully.”
Mike McGraw poured in nine points off the bench for the Demons, who travel to face Moffat County today at 3:30 p.m.
Forsyth, who finished the night with four 3-pointers, and Wood led the Sailors (5-6) with 15 points apiece. Nelson chipped in with nine.
Steamboat’s off until a trip to Battle Mountain on Friday.