Demons sink Sailors behind Flohr’s 24
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Just about everything fell for Steamboat Springs in the first quarter of its 4A Western Slope League boys basketball opener at Glenwood Springs on Friday.
Randall Nelson scored the game’s first seven points on a couple of inside looks and a 3-pointer. Isiah Forsyth hit a pair of triples. Charles Wood drained a shot from beyond the arc and finished with five points in the quarter.
The hot-shooting Sailors surged out to a 16-8 lead and, behind a 7-of-14 shooting performance, finished the frame with an 18-15 advantage.
But everything changed in the second quarter.
Mustering just four points on 2-of-16 shooting, the Sailors dropped into a 24-22 deficit and never fully recovered.
Behind 24 points from senior Kevin Flohr, Glenwood Springs made Steamboat pay, scoring a 54-43 win over the Sailors in a showdown between teams that, in recent seasons, always seem to hover near the top of the 4A WSL.
“Our shooting, we could never get it going from [the second quarter on],” Steamboat Springs coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We got great looks. Those were shots our guards would normally hit. Randall, our inside guy, normally will hit his shots. They defended well, but those are shots we’ve got to hit if we want to beat good teams.”
Key rebounds down the stretch by Flohr, Nick Ciani and Willy Pelland paved the way for the host Demons (7-3) in the second half as they outscored the Sailors by a 30-21 count after intermission.
“They did a good job with it,” Glenwood coach Cory Hitchcock said. “They were rebounding. I stressed at halftime, ‘If you guys want to win this basketball game, you’ve got to rebound. Not just two guys, but we have to have four guys crashing the boards.’ In the second half, we worked hard on the boards and started doing the little things.”
Pelland scored eight points, grabbed seven rebounds and blocked two shots. Flohr secured eight boards and Ciani finished nine rebounds and two points.
“Steamboat’s always a good team,” Pelland said. “They have great coaches. It’s really big for us to get that win and start us out good in league. We’ll have that ball rolling. We can just keep it going, hopefully.”
Mike McGraw poured in nine points off the bench for the Demons, who travel to face Moffat County today at 3:30 p.m.
Forsyth, who finished the night with four 3-pointers, and Wood led the Sailors (5-6) with 15 points apiece. Nelson chipped in with nine.
Steamboat’s off until a trip to Battle Mountain next Friday.
Jumping out to a 12-1 lead and maintaining a modest advantage the rest of the way, Glenwood’s girls improved to 10-0 with a 52-40 win over visiting Steamboat on Friday.
Kenzie Kuhn led the unbeaten Demons with 19 points. Lexie Warkentin scored 13, Connor Adams nine and Kenzie Nelson-Buehler seven in the 4A WSL opener for both teams.
“We knew, coming out after Christmas break, that we were going to be sluggish,” Glenwood coach Bryan Derby said. “We knew that, so we just thought that, if we could hang in there and stop their shooters, we’d be just fine.”
That approach did the trick. The Demons ended the first quarter with a 12-4 lead and were up 25-17 at halftime.
“We came out and did what we needed to do,” Nelson-Buehler said. “We had our ups and downs, but we got the win, which is a good thing.”
Hannah Moore led the Sailors (4-6) with 21 points. The senior struck for 11 of those points in the fourth quarter. Katie Lettunich and Alex Feeley finished with five points apiece.
“It wasn’t rust. It was just a slow start,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “Getting down 12-1, then 12-4 after the end of the first quarter. That’s what really hurt us. We played with them the rest of the game.”
Next up for Ameen and the Sailors is a non-league visit from Mead today at 5:30 p.m. Glenwood will face Moffat County in Craig at 2 p.m.
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