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Sailors boys basketball starts 2015 with win at Palisade

Ben Ingersoll

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team went into Palisade on Friday night and kicked off the 2015 portion of the schedule with a 48-40 win against the Bulldogs in the Sailors’ annual Palisade-Delta overnight trip.

Using another giant night from junior Robi Powers on both ends of the floor, the Sailors were able to weather a multiple-attack Bulldogs squad and improve to 6-3.

Powers had a team-high 18 points — one point better than his 17 per game season average thus far — and locked down Palisade leading scorer Marques Combs to just six points off two made field goals.

“They’re a tough team,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said about Palisade. “Playing down here is always tough. It’s a long road trip, and they play extremely physical and they just get after it."

The Bulldogs tried just about everything defensively, implementing a full-court press, trying a tight zone defense on Sailors big man Garrett Bye and eventually reverted back to a man defense to finish things off.

DeWolfe said his squad led for the majority of the contest but could never seem to pull away down the stretch. Uncharacteristically lackluster free-throw shooting did its part, the coach said. Steamboat made just 12 of its 23 free throws.

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But along with Powers’ strong night, Bye recorded a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds. Steamboat point guard Brody King tacked on 11 points.

“Whenever you come out of here with a win, you earned it,” DeWolfe said.

The Sailors will finish the road trip at Delta (5-4) on Saturday at the Panthers’ gym. The game starts at 2:30 p.m.

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