Steamboat boys basketball team ready for must-win games |

Steamboat boys basketball team ready for must-win games

— Steamboat Springs boys basketball coach Luke DeWolfe calls today and Saturday's games must-wins. He's got several years of data to support his reasoning.

After an opening Western Slope League loss to Glen­wood Springs last week, De­­Wolfe knows that to win a league title, the Sailors need to be able to defeat Battle Moun­­tain today and Eagle Valley on Saturday.

Today's game is on the road at 7:30 p.m. Saturday's game is at home at 3:30 p.m.

"The league hasn't allowed you to lose more than one game and still win a league title," DeWolfe said.

The coach said Glenwood didn't beat Steamboat (5-6, 0-1) as much as Steamboat beat itself. The Sailors missed 16 shots inside the paint against Glenwood and let a big early lead slip away.

To get two wins this weekend, DeWolfe said his team must finish shots around the basket to prevent prolonged scoring droughts.

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"It creates frustration, but it also creates motivation and understanding you're a good team, you just have to make shots," he said. "As much as anything, it's attacking the basket and making sure you end up finishing."

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