Steamboat Sailors basketball team survives first playoff test
February 21, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team hosted Skyline in the opening round of the playoffs Wednesday night and came away the victors, 48-32.
The night started out as slow as a basketball game can. Neither team scored for the first five and a half minutes, and the Sailors were shut out altogether. The quarter ended with Skyline ahead 5-0.
It would take Steamboat two and a half minutes into the second quarter to score its first bucket, but after that, the home side settled in.
On the defensive end, the Sailors offloaded their cold shooting touch to Skyline, with Steamboat holding their opponents to only two made field goals in the quarter.
On offense, Steamboat was ignited by Mac Riniker, who hit a pull-up, three-point shot to give the Sailors their first lead of the game in the middle of the second quarter.
The Sailors ended the first half leading 13-11.
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To start the second half, Riniker, a junior, kept up the momentum and got the Sailors off to a quick start with a slick steal that transitioned into a short-range jump shot. Two minutes later, he made another steal off an inbounds pass that led to two more of his team-leading 21 points.
Steamboat finished the game with a near-perfect free-throw percentage, completing 10 of 11 for the game.
With the win, the Steamboat Sailors will travel to Windsor on Saturday for the next round of the playoffs.