Sailors boys hoops picks up win No. 14 at Battle Mountain
February 13, 2014
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball hasn't enjoyed a stretch like this since the opening five games of the season.
With a 60-44 win at Battle Mountain on Thursday night, the Sailors have won five straight contests and are on as smooth a roll as coach Luke DeWolfe has seen from his group in 2013-14.
But things didn't come easy for the Sailors.
A scrappy Battle Mountain squad held a 26-24 halftime lead on its senior night. A sloppy second quarter from Steamboat helped the Huskies' halftime margin, but it wouldn't last.
By the end of the third quarter, the Sailors led by 10, at 40-30, and finished with a 14-point win.
"There were a ton of fouls," DeWolfe said. "It was getting called really tight. It was choppy and hard for both teams to get momentum and flow. That's how it started."
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Steamboat weathered the choppy contest to earn its 14th win on the season, the most for a Sailors team since the 2009-10 season, during which it won 15 games.
Senior Zach Dunklin followed his strong performances last weekend with a 19-point game against Battle Mountain. Matthew Lanning picked up 12 points for Steamboat, Garrett Bye had 10 and Carter Kounovsky added seven.
Steamboat's final regular-season game is Saturday at home against Eagle Valley, a team it beat by 20 points Jan. 16. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m.