Steamboat boys outlast Glenwood in hoops |

Steamboat boys outlast Glenwood in hoops

Luke GrahamSteamboat Pilot & TodayPost IndependentGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Glenwood Springs High School senior Hannah McDermott puts up a shot during Saturday night's game against Steamboat Springs High School.

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs High School boys basketball coach Cory Hitchcock called it a championship bout. Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe had called it a must win.In the end, it was just the two best basketball teams in the 4A Western Slope League renewing a heated rivalry with a game that went down to the last shot.This time Steamboat’s Randall Nelson hit the go-ahead bucket and Kit Croop added a free throw with three seconds left, before Glenwood’s Mike McGraw last second 3-pointer fell short, giving the Sailors a 56-54 win on Saturday.”We talked a lot about thriving on adversity,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “When the chips are stacked against you, how do you deal with that? That’s where character emerges. When there is adversity, that’s where you really have to come together as a team. [Saturday] we did that.”After a back-and-forth first quarter that saw five lead changes and three ties, Steamboat started to distance itself.The Sailors took a 34-25 lead into halftime and extended it to 51-39 at the 6 minute, 33 second mark of the fourth quarter.But Glenwood certainly wasn’t done.The Demons went on an 11-0 run to cut the lead to 51-50 with 3:29 left in the game. The two teams traded baskets before Glenwood’s Nick Ciani made a bucket with 1:38 to go to give the Demons their first lead since the 3:53 mark of the first quarter.But Nelson came right back down and made a driving layup, giving Steamboat the lead for good.”That was just two of the best teams in the league competing for that top spot,” Hitchcock said. “They just happened to come out on top.”Glenwood’s Kevin Flohr led all scorers with 33 points. Isiah Mendoza-Forsyth led Steamboat with 17 points, while Nelson added 12.Even with the loss, Glenwood remains in the control of the league race. The loss leaves the Demons at 13-5 overall and 6-1 in league play.Steamboat is now 10-7 and 4-2 in league play, just a game behind with five league contests left.

For two and a half quarters Saturday, the Glenwood Springs-Steamboat Springs girls basketball game was as close as it could get.But midway through the third, the Demons found something and never looked back, turning a tied game into an easy 60-34 win.”I came in at halftime and told them we needed to penetrate that defense,” Demons coach Bryan Derby said. “Their defense was dictating the game. I told our guards we need to start penetrating, we did and things started rolling for us.”The first quarter and change sat six ties and eight lead changes, before Glenwood (14-3 overall, 6-1 in the 4A WSL) burst out. The game was tied at 25 at the 4:07 mark of the third quarter before Glenwood scored the next 15 points to take at 40-25 lead. The Sailors (8-9, 3-4) went more than five minutes without a point and were outscored 38-12 in the second half.”They were more aggressive and they had more energy,” Steamboat coach John Ameen said. “It was little things [Saturday]. They got more rebounds and more loose balls.”

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