Sailors boys give everything they have in win over Summit
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — In the second half, the Steamboat Spring High School boys basketball team caught fire faster than a Midwest hayfield in late August.
Junior Devon Crawford hit a 3-pointer, then senior Dawson Lindquist scored 5 straight points to push the Sailors lead to 32-13, all in the first two minutes of the third. Lindquist scored a game-high 14 points in the 48-33 win over Summit at home Friday, Jan. 31.
“He played inspired and was all over the place, an animal on the boards,” said Steamboat head coach Michael Vandahl. “It’s just great to see. I’m proud of him.”
Even as his team led by 15, Lindquist dove onto the floor to push the ball to a teammate, rather than let Summit snatch it and score. He swatted the ball away from a Tiger after an inbounds pass. The ball trickled out of bounds off the player, giving Steamboat the ball back.
“It’s fun to give everything to your teammates, and have them give everything back,” said Lindquist. “It makes it so much fun. That’s probably the most fun basketball game I’ve had in a while.”
Linduist wasn’t wrong. His teammates gave everything back. Midway through the third quarter, things got a little sloppy, but the rest of the way, the boys were communicating on the floor and staying focused.
With three starters out, younger Sailors played big minutes and made every second count.
Crawford put in a pair of threes, while sophomore Kellen Adams added 4 points and moved the ball well. Sophomore Parker Lindquist also contributed 4 points, while juniors Granger Rowan and Austin Ibarra each scored three.
Freshman Cade Gedeon contributed 6 points on offense, but on every inch of the floor, he gave his all. While others would let a stray ball roll away, Gedeon sacrifices his body and throws himself on the hardwood to retrieve it.
“That’s why he’s starting as a freshman, because he brings that to us” said Vandahl. “Cade’s got that something you can’t teach. He’s just got a motor, and he’s always grabbing the ball. That’s kind of what Sailor basketball is all about.”
His aggression got him in trouble, though, as he earned his fourth foul with a push early in the fourth, but no Sailor fouled out of the contest.
Turnovers were the death of Summit. Many were steals from a Steamboat player, but on four occasions, the Tigers threw the ball clear past a teammate and out of bounds.
Behind another strong defensive performance, the Sailors limited the Tigers to 4 points in the second quarter while scoring 10.
“Everybody was on the same page,” Vandahl said of the defense. “That’s what we’re going to need to do moving forward. We’ll have to rely on our defense.”
Steamboat Springs 48, Summit 33
S 9 4 10 10 – 33
SS 12 10 17 9 – 48
Scoring: S, Hector Diaz 13, Ben Rider 6, Corbin Furrey 3, Ian Connors 3, Cameron Kalaf 3, Andrew Duxbury 3, Kobe Cortwright 2. SS, Dawson Lindquist 14, Devon Crawford 6, Cade Gedeon 6, Kellen Adams 4, Jackson Metzler 4, Parker Lindquist 4, Granger Rowan 3, Austin Ibarra 3, Eric Pollert 2. Fouls: S, 14. SS, 18. FTs: S, 10-15. SS, 8-11.
To reach Shelby Reardon, call 970-871-4253, email sreardon@SteamboatPilot.com or follow her on Twitter @ByShelbyReardon.
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