Photo by Joel Reichenberger
Steamboat's Brandon Miller breaks through with a shot Saturday against Delta. Miller had one of his best games, scoring 13 points to lead the Sailors.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
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 The final seconds of the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team’s Saturday home game against Delta ticked away amid a flurry of fouls and in front of a home bench filled with long faces, much as Friday night's loss had.
Much about the two games was different, however, and that ensured an entirely different attitude among the players as they filed out of the locker room.
The Sailors lost, 55-48, but that score was a result of a much more consistent effort Saturday.
“We had much better effort tonight,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “Instead of playing 16 minutes, we played 32, and it makes a big difference.”
Steamboat led several times in the first half, then in the second half repeatedly tied the game with Delta.
Junior Zach Dunklin canned a 3-point shot midway through the fourth quarter to tie the game at 45, but Delta managed to pull away one more time and secure the win.
One big takeaway for the Sailors came from the lineup that was in the game during those waning seconds. With starters sidelined by either foul trouble or minor injuries, Steamboat’s bench kept the team in the game.
“The thing I was most proud of is the guys that were willing to step up,” DeWolfe said. “Brandon Miller’s a great example. He’s a guy who’s worked hard all year long, has not gotten the minutes he’s wanted to but has stayed positive and has really worked hard in practice. He got an opportunity and stepped up and had a great night, hit huge shots and played great defense.”
Miller, a senior, scored 13 points, tops on his team. Ben Custer and Garrett Bye each had nine points, and Carter Kounovsky scored seven.
“I was feeling it,” Miller said, grinning. “This says we have depth. We can play a lot of guys and not just our starting five.”
Delta was led by Douglas Hawkins, who scored 13. Chris Black had 12.
The Sailors (6-4) return to the court Friday against Eagle Valley.
“We’re going to fire back,” Miller said.
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