Steamboat's AAU basketball teams impress in Denver

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— The High Altitude Basketball program had four teams compete in Amateur Athletic Union tournaments during the weekend, finishing 10-5 as a program.

Leading the way was the junior varsity team.

Led by Brandon Miller’s work off the bench, the team went 4-1 during the weekend and was a minute away from walking away with the championship. The team had a four-point lead with a minute left before eventually falling by three.

“The players learned the hard way,” said Devin Borvansky, the High Altitude Basketball director. “They got too get excited that it was going to happen. They lost their discipline with a minute left, and it cost them the game.”

Still Borvansky said the junior varsity team bit several bigger schools and showed well.

The seventh-grade team, led by Cale Reistad and Charlie Harrington, went 2-1 during the weekend.

The eighth-grade team went 2-2, including wins against a pair of Class 5A teams. The team was led by Zach Holm’s late-game charge that gave Steamboat the ball back. Robi Powers also played well.

The ninth-grade team went 0-3 during the weekend despite strong play from Hector Lopez.

“This program is going to be the difference between good high school players and great high school players,” Borvansky said.

The High Altitude Basketball programs next competes May 11 in Highlands Ranch.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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