Gose’s run gives Bears boys 48-47 win
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS- Tyler Gose scored all five of his points in less than 20 seconds Friday, lifting the Rifle boys basketball team to a 48-47 win against Steamboat Springs.Had Stuart Stapleton or Drew Blatchford not fouled out late in the fourth quarter, there is a good chance Gose would not have been on the floor.”I didn’t play that well,” Gose said. “I was lazy, and that’s why I didn’t play that much.”Trailing by four points with 31.8 seconds left, the Bears came down the floor and worked the ball around to Gose. After the Sailors switched on screens, Gose, who is 6-foot-2, found himself on the baseline matched up against Steamboat point guard Michael Vandahl, who is 5-foot-9.Gose hesitated and took an awkward 3-point shoot over Vandahl, but the ball went in with 17 seconds left.”I knew we needed it,” Gose said. “But I wasn’t comfortably shooting it.”Rifle, trailing 47-46, called timeout and discussed what to do defensively.
“If the clock got to a certain point we were going to foul, but we wanted to give ourselves a shot to get the steal,” Bears coach Chris Lowther said.Steamboat got the ball past mid-court but an errant pass ended up in the hands of Rifle, which called its final timeout with 6.9 seconds left, setting up Gose’s game-winning shot from the top of the lane. The ball went through the net as time expired.”We thought maybe the guy throwing it in would be open, and that was Tyler,” Lowther said. “He wasn’t as open as I hoped.”The Sailors had one foul to give, and assistant John Ameen said the players were told to use it. They did not.”The motto was to keep fighting,” Gose said. “We’ve been struggling.”Rifle had not won a league game since beating Eagle Valley in early January. The win moved the Bears to 3-8 overall. The Sailors drop to 7-7 overall and 3-3 in the league.Stapleton and senior Mitch Kosht led the Bears with 13 points each. Sophomore Scott Rust had nine.Senior Mitch Bryden led the Sailors with 15 points and six rebounds. Bryden had 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. Junior Cameron Petet had 13 points and eight rebounds. Senior Scott Peterson had seven points and five assists.
Bears girls claw back for winWith 3 minutes, 11 seconds left in Friday’s game against Steamboat Springs, the Rifle girls basketball team decided to make its free throws.After shooting 1-for-14 from the line in the first half, the Bears made 9-of-12 down the stretch in a 44-37 win in Steamboat.Rifle coach Jack Smith couldn’t repeat his halftime speech, so he paraphrased.”I told them a free throw is a free throw. Get into your routine,” he said. “We were out of sync (Friday night). We went back to basics.”The Sailors held the lead for more than 18 minutes Friday compared to nine minutes for the Bears, but the final four were the most important for both teams.
“We totally gave that one away,” Steamboat coach Ashley Berggren said.The Sailors pulled ahead early in the fourth quarter, 30-26, off Brittany Rummel’s second 3-pointer of the game. Steamboat senior Ann Barney fouled out on the next trip down the court, forcing Berggren to look to her bench in the game’s final 6:33.Rifle took the lead for good with 4:45 remaining on Megan McWilliams’ basket. McWilliams scored 15 points for the Bears. Kristin Guettler led all scorers with 17 points.”Toward the tail end of the third, we started getting back to our game,” Smith said. “We usually run the floor pretty well, pass pretty well and play pretty good defense.”After taking errant shots, forcing passes and giving up easy looks in the first half, Rifle increased its defensive pressure and made Steamboat defend hard in the half-court set in the second half.Steamboat did close to within two points, 46-44, with 1:54 remaining on a 3-point play from junior post Erin Gleason, but the Sailors turned the ball over and the Bears made their free throws to seal the game.Gleason led Steamboat with 10 points. Senior Tara King added nine inside. The Sailors’ post players, who had a size advantage, played a big role in keeping Steamboat ahead for most of the game. Rummel finished with six, and senior Missy Chotvacs had five.Rifle travels to Moffat County for their next games tonight.
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