Steamboat Springs boys complete impressive road trip

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Steamboat boys basketball vs. Delta

The Steamboat boys basketball team is coming together as a team and playing hard on both ends of the court. Garrett Bye denies a layup on defense and throws one down with the help of a quick pass from Carter Kounovsky. Carter then makes good choices and knocks down some points of his own. Ben Custer chases down a long rebound and sees Brody King cutting to the basket for an easy basket. With 14.6 seconds left, the Sailors are down by 2. Watch the final play as Zack Dunklin drains the 3-point shot as time runs out.

— At one point this season, it would have been easy to count out the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team.

Certainly not anymore.

Steamboat wrapped up its toughest road trip of the season, beating Delta, 35-34, on Saturday on a last second 3-pointer by Zack Dunklin.

The Sailors now have beaten the Western Slope League’s top two teams on the road the past two days.

“You can’t deny this is a big step in the right direction and gives us a lot of confidence,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said.

In a defensive battle, something Steamboat has come to like, the Sailors trailed by four points in the last 25 seconds.

After a bucket by Mitch McCannon, Steamboat fouled. Delta missed the front end of a 1-and-1, and Steamboat called timeout.

McCannon drove to the hoop and kicked it out to Dunklin for the game-winner.

Steamboat (10-7 overall, 6-6 in league) relied on its defense to control the pace of the game. Delta likes to get up and down the court, but Steamboat was able to dictate the pace of play.

“If there is one thing I’m really proud of is we are dictating games with our defense,” DeWolfe said. “Teams have to deal with our defense. I think our kids understand that it can shape a lot of the games on both ends of the court.”

Carter Kounovsky led the Sailors with nine points. Dunklin had six, and Garrett Bye and Ben Custer each had five.

Steamboat next plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday at home against Battle Mountain.

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

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