Late rally lifts Sailors to first win |

Late rally lifts Sailors to first win

— Technically they all mattered the same, but none of Ethan Riniker team-leading points seemed to matter quite as much as the last one.

Riniker, a senior for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team, sank a free throw with 10 seconds remaining to give the Sailors a 50-49 season-opening win Friday night against Roaring Fork.

Riniker scored 24 points to lead the team. He also had five rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

The team trailed by 13 at half but rallied in the second and charged all the way back to get the win.

“We got punched in the mouth, but I was extremely proud of how we responded,” coach Michael Vandahl said. “We came out, changed up our defense to counter what they were doing, and the boys executed it really well. I’m really proud of the way they came back and stuck together. It was a total team effort.”

The Sailors, 1-0, play again Saturday in the Brenda Patch Tournament at Roaring Fork at 2:30 p.m. against Ponderosa.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9

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