Steamboat sneaks by Glenwood boys
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS As the minutes shrunk and the score tightened, there wasnt a raised pulse in the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball huddle. There may have been nerves, but as Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said, this team just refuses to lose. Playing their third game in five days, the Sailors showed why they’re considered one of the top teams in the state and why Meek calls this a special group in winning their 19th consecutive Western Slope League game with a 55-51 win against Glenwood Springs. Weve got that great refuse to lose attitude, said Meek, whose team got the win despite committing an uncharacteristic 16 turnovers. The five guys on the floor, the staff I mean you can just feel it. The game pitting the top two teams from the league certainly lived up to its billing. Neither team led by more than five points for the entire game, until the end when it became a free throw shooting contest, and Steamboat went 6-of-8 in the final minute. There were five ties and 13 lead changes. We were slightly drained, but when it gets to that timeframe youd think we were as fresh as can be, Meek said. I feel its that mental toughness.With neither team being able to separate from the other in the first three quarters, Steamboat got just what it needed in the fourth quarter. After the Sailors (8-2 overall, 3-0 WSL) took a 42-41 lead with 4 minutes, 52 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter, Steamboat senior Ryan Shaw drew a charge on the next Glenwood offensive possession. Steamboat came right back, and Aaron Calkins hit a 3-pointer extending the Sailors lead to 45-41. That was huge, Meek said. Thats a five-point, maybe six-point swing. The two teams traded baskets, before Steamboat went 6-of-6 at the line on three straight possessions to put the game out of reach. We buckled down in the end, rebounded better and played better defense, Steamboat point guard Michael Vandahl said. For Glenwood a young team with only two seniors the game came down to a few mishaps at inopportune times. The Demons had only five turnovers entering the fourth quarter but turned the ball over five times in the final frame.Theyre a tough team and a very good team, Glenwood coach Greg Hire said. They won league last year and returned a lot of players. Coach Meek always puts together a good and disciplined team.Vandahl led Steamboat with 17 points. Calkins scored 14 and Alex Wood added 10. Glenwoods Connor Riley scored 21 of his team-leading 25 points in the second half. Kevin Screen chipped in nine points, and Dakota Stonehouse added eight. Glenwood (5-3 overall, 1-1 WSL) will be back in action on Friday when it will host Battle Mountain at 7:30 p.m.
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