Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Garrett Bye throws down a dunk Thursday, much to the amazement of his classmates cheering on the Sailors in the Steamboat Springs High School student section. The Sailors won the game against Montezuma-Cortez and will play at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of their tournament, the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out Day 1: Steamboat boys basketball vs. Montezuma-Cortez
Highlights from Day 1 of the Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out: Steamboat Springs vs. Montezuma-Cortez. Carter Kounovsky brings the ball up the court and shoots the long ball for 3 then plays tough defense and goes up for the breakaway layup followed by Garrett Bye with the put back dunk. Brody King looks for and drains a long 2. Sailors won 50-26.
2012-13 Sailors boys basketball schedule
- Nov. 30: Steamboat 46, Roaring Fork 33
- Dec. 1: Steamboat 51, Basalt 27
- Dec. 6: Steamboat 50, Montezuma-Cortez 26 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 7: D’Evelyn 74, Steamboat 34 at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 8: Steamboat 42, Montrose 34 for third at Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
- Dec. 14: Steamboat 35, Rifle 33
- Dec. 15: Glenwood Springs 47, Steamboat 45
- Dec. 21: Steamboat 56, Summit 47
- Jan. 11: Palisade 41, Steamboat 36
- Jan. 12: Delta 55, Steamboat 48
- Jan. 18: Eagle Valley 37, Steamboat 36
- Jan. 19: Steamboat 42, Battle Mountain 41
- Jan. 26: Glenwood Springs 42, Steamboat 30
- Feb. 1: Steamboat 39, Summit 35
- Feb. 2: Rifle 39, Steamboat 29
- Feb. 8: Steamboat 52, Palisade 40
- Feb. 9: Steamboat 35, Delta 34
- Feb. 15: Battle Mountain 57, Steamboat 56
- Feb. 16: Eagle Valley 43, Steamboat 40
Steamboat Springs In a disjointed basketball game, one completely void of flow, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team turned to the thing on which the program was built: defense.
Steamboat forced 25 Montezuma-Cortez turnovers and did just enough on offense to come away with a 50-26 win.
“In the end, our defense did some things that enabled our offense to have success and sustain at certain points of that game,” Sailors coach Luke DeWolfe said.
That, in essence, was the game.
Neither team painted a Picasso on the offensive end, each struggling to find semblance of continuity.
But whereas the Panthers never found any sort of rhythm — they had 12 points and 12 turnovers at the half — the Sailors found the necessary runs to put the game away.
The big one, and what turned out to be the decider, came early in the second quarter. Ahead just 12-10, sophomore center Garrett Bye’s followup dunk keyed Steamboat on a 15-0 run to take a 27-10 lead.
“That put back dunk, that’s what started the run,” Steamboat sophomore Brody King said. “That got us fired up.”
But besides that four minutes, the game often was played between the free throw lines.
Luckily for Steamboat, its defense put the clamps on Montezuma-Cortez even when its offense couldn’t find its stride. The Sailors were better than the Panthers on offense but struggled with pressure in the second half, committing 18 second-half turnovers.
“We rebounded better,” said DeWolfe, whose team had a 43-26 advantage off the glass. “But again, we had some turnovers.”
The Sailors did get a balanced effort when the offense was in a flow. Bye led all scores with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Carter Kounovsky and Zach Dunklin each had eight points.
Steamboat will see its firmest test of the year in the next round. The team plays 4A No. 4 D’Evelyn at 8:15 p.m. Friday.
D’Evelyn, which made it to the Great Eight last year, looks even better this year. They return all-state guard Luke Stratman, who scored 53 in a game earlier this year, and a flock of players who play at a breakneck pace.
“I think our young guys will really get a flavor of what the top of 4A looks like,” DeWolfe said. “I’m hoping a lot of boys become men that game.”
To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com