Buzzer beater bounces Steamboat boys
Steamboat Springs — The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team got the shot it needed Thursday night — a basket from senior Brody King with 8.2 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Sailors a two-point lead.
Palisade got the basket it needed, too, and with a 3-pointer at the buzzer in the first round of the district tournament, the Bulldogs shocked Steamboat and in all likelihood ended its season.
“It was tough,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We still had a good season, but it’s too bad it had to end that way.”
Steamboat led by a point at halftime, then two at the end of the third quarter, but the Bulldogs hung tight, and Steamboat’s scoring dried up. The Sailors led 31-26 early in the fourth quarter but were held scoreless for the final five minutes of regulation.
Palisade chipped into the lead, and a free throw with less than a minute remaining tied things up and forced overtime.
Steamboat missed several free throws late that could have won the game, part of a 6-16 performance from the line, though Garrett Bye came up with a big defensive block at the end of regulation to force overtime.
King’s basket momentarily looked like it could be decisive, giving a 35-33 lead, but Palisade junior Ian Schierland let loose a dagger of a 3-point shot from the corner.
“We had four late-game free throws in the fourth quarter that we missed, any one of which would have won it in regulation,” DeWolfe said. “They just defended well, and we had a hard time scoring late. We got good looks but couldn’t put the ball in the hole.”
Palisade earned a spot in the state tournament with the win. Steamboat, 15-6, is left to hope for a wild card slot.
That would have been likely a year ago, but the postseason was restructured this summer, and the tournament was cut from 48 teams to 32.
Robi Powers led Steamboat with 13 points. Hector Lopez had eight and, according to DeWolfe, also played strong defensively. Bye finished with seven points.
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