Steamboat boys dominate Basalt, home tournament up next

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— The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team is in the goal-setting business. In the Sailors’ win Saturday against Basalt at the Brenda Patch Tournament, Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe set the bar high on the offensive end, and his squad answered the call.

2013-14 Sailors boys basketball schedule

  • Dec. 2: Steamboat 56, Grand Junction Central 50
  • Dec. 6: Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork: Steamboat 48, Roaring Fork 33
  • Dec. 7: Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork
  • Dec. 12 to 14: Steamboat Springs Shoot-Out
  • Dec. 20: 3 p.m. vs. Glenwood Springs at Pepsi Center
  • Jan. 10: 7:30 p.m. at Palisade
  • Jan. 11: 2:30 p.m. at Delta
  • Jan. 16: 7 p.m. at Eagle Valley
  • Jan. 18: 2 p.m. vs. Battle Mountain
  • Jan. 21: 7:30 p.m. at Rifle
  • Jan. 25: 2:30 p.m. at Glenwood Springs
  • Jan. 30: 7:30 p.m. at Summit
  • Feb. 1: 3:30 p.m. vs. Rifle
  • Feb. 7: 7:30 p.m. vs. Palisade
  • Feb. 8: 4 p.m. vs. Delta
  • Feb. 11: 7:30 p.m. vs. Summit
  • Feb. 13: 7 p.m. at Battle Mountain
  • Feb. 15: 3:30 p.m. vs. Eagle Valley

Using a well-rounded offensive effort, Steamboat cruised to an 80-31 win over Basalt to improve to 3-0 on the season.

“We came out and had some real definite goals offensively,” DeWolfe said. “We came out strong and put up strong numbers each quarter. Our goal was to get to 80 points going into the game and have continuity offensively and score consistently.”

After what DeWolfe called a slow start, the Sailors still stormed out to 21 points in the first quarter and tacked on 22 in the second. Steamboat led 43-11 at halftime and then added 23 more going into the fourth.

By then, the Sailors were able to get reserves some valuable playing time and even a few junior varsity players some next-level experience.

Junior Garrett Bye and sophomore Robi Powers each had 12 points to lead Steamboat. Senior Carter Kounovsky had 11 points and point guard Brody King turned in nine.

Kounovsky and King led the charge in the first half, combining for 15 points off five threes. Bye took control in the final 24 minutes, establishing himself on the low block with five third-quarter field goals and three dunks.

“It was good to see that inside-out and outside-in approach,” DeWolfe said. “It was really well rounded. That speaks to the selflessness of our team.”

Offense may have been the primary goal Saturday, but over the two-game tournament, DeWolfe said his Sailors forced more than 50 turnovers, converting many of them into points.

On Thursday, the Sailors will play on their home court for the first time this season in the Steamboat Shootout. Their first game will be against Montezuma-Cortez.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email bingersoll@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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