Bye and Powers explode to aide Sailors boys basketball past Summit
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs High School senior Garrett Bye picked a good time to have arguably his most complete game from the last few seasons, and the sensational performance equaled win No. 9 for the Sailors’ boys basketball team at home against Summit on Friday night.
Bye bullied his way to 20 points, grabbed ahold of 11 rebounds and blocked eight more shots, nearly sealing his first career triple-double as Steamboat used a huge second half to blow by the Tigers, 49-36. Steamboat now is 9-4 overall and 7-1 in the 4A Western Slope League.
“Garrett was key tonight,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “Anytime you put up those kinds of numbers, it’s going to have a huge impact on the game.”
Bye got it started early, scoring the Sailors’ first six points, but Summit wouldn’t fold, at least in the first few quarters. The Tigers spelled Bye and Steamboat junior captain Robi Powers with the likes of 6-foot-4 Zach Johnson (16 points) and senior guard Justin Jacobi (six points).
Summit led the Sailors, 10-8, after the first quarter and held the slim margin for about seven minutes of the second quarter before Powers buried five quick points — including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer — to give Steamboat a 24-19 halftime advantage.
“That was huge,” Bye said about the late first-half surge. “It really helps to have that momentum coming into the second half. It does wonders.”
That momentum spilled over in a big way. Powers poured in 14 of his game-high 22 points in the final 16 minutes, and Bye harassed everything the Tigers’ big men and penetrating guards attempted.
Steamboat’s brick-wall defense opened up plenty on the other end of the court, especially for the Sailors’ opportunistic guards like Powers, Brody King and Hector Lopez, who combined for 10 assists, mostly inside feeds to Bye.
“I thought our guards did a better job than we’ve been doing of getting Garrett the ball,” DeWolfe said. “From there, he did the rest. He put it in and that’s all you can ask.”
The Sailors outscored the Tigers, 15-7, in the third quarter alone, blowing open a double-digit lead that swelled to nearly 20 by the time DeWolfe emptied his bench to give his starters a rest. Only Steamboat’s starting five of Bye, Powers, King, Lopez and Nathan DePuy recorded stats in the game, signaling a very complete contest by the Sailors’ key cogs.
Steamboat now has run the full gamut of the 4A Western Slope League, having played all seven of its conference opponents once. Now the schedule comes back full circle, this time flip-flopping the locations. The Sailors first travel to a scrappy Rifle team that scared them on Dec. 17.
That game is at Rifle at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
“It’s tough to play everybody a second time,” DeWolfe said. “We have Rifle again and it won’t be easy. That’s a team that typically grows exponentially.”
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