Sailor boys post third straight win |

Sailor boys post third straight win

— The blood streaming down Ryan Scheer’s face was all the proof the Sailors needed to know that the Glenwood Demons had come to Steamboat prepared to battle.

Going up for a rebound, Scheer, the Sailors’ 6-foot-3 forward, received a Demon elbow to the corner of his forehead, which sent him out of the game and to the hospital for stitches after the game was over.

Although Scheer walked off the court with the worst injury of Saturday’s night league matchup, the teams fought a physical contest as the Sailors won 55-38 for their third straight victory.

“It was ragged and rough. There was a lot of contact. It wasn’t pretty to watch,” Sailors coach Kelly Meek said. “There’s a lot of guys in the training room beat up pretty good.”

The Demons’ intensity took the Sailors by surprise in the first quarter as they quickly jumped to a 13-4 lead. After Friday night’s 49-44 win against Rifle, the Sailors were slow to show the Demons the same high-powered game that gave the Sailors their first win on the road against the Bears in three years.

“We just didn’t come out with all our cylinders going,” Sailors point guard Jeff Aragon said. “Some of the kids were satisfied with the win last night and not ready for tonight.”

Down by nine points midway through the first quarter, freshman Cameron Burney came off the bench to spark the Sailors’ offense.

Burney started things off with a rebound that he sent out to Scheer, who passed it over to Cory Moore, who put it in for two points. On the Sailors’ next possession, Aragon took the ball down the court and passed off to Burney, who put it in with a smooth layup.

The Sailors brought the score even closer when Moore overshot the basket from the wing, Burney picked it up off the boards and gave the team another basket. That got the Sailors to within 15-12 going into the second.

It did not take long for the Sailors to turn things around in the second quarter, when they tallied 20 points to go into halftime with a 32-22 lead.

The Sailors gained their first lead of the night when Aragon stole the ball, dribbled downcourt and passed to Alex Mackey, who made the shot from under the basket. Mackey scored again on the next possession when he went over two Demon defenders to find the basket and put the Sailors ahead 18-15.

Mackey finished the night as the Sailors’ top scorer, tallying 16 points, and Burney followed with 13 points, 10 of those coming in the first half.

In a high-fouling game, the Sailors clinched the game on the line, which accounted for 12 of their 14 points in the fourth quarter. Meek said he was pleased to see his team step up to the Demons’ physical presence.

“I’m glad (Glenwood) did what they did. It was a totally different style of game (from Rifle),” Meek said. “They have to execute and win in all sorts of types of atmospheres.”

With 16 points in the Bears’ game, Mackey dominated the inside Friday night and on defense Aragon was able to contain the Bears’ all-conference point guard Andy Gardineer. The Sailors broke open the game in the third quarter with a spree of 3-pointers from John Daschle, Cody Sherrill, Aragon and Scheer.

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