Sailors boys hoops picks up win No. 14 at Battle Mountain |

Sailors boys hoops picks up win No. 14 at Battle Mountain

— Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball hasn’t enjoyed a stretch like this since the opening five games of the season.

With a 60-44 win at Battle Mountain on Thursday night, the Sailors have won five straight contests and are on as smooth a roll as coach Luke DeWolfe has seen from his group in 2013-14.

But things didn’t come easy for the Sailors.

A scrappy Battle Mountain squad held a 26-24 halftime lead on its senior night. A sloppy second quarter from Steamboat helped the Huskies’ halftime margin, but it wouldn’t last.

By the end of the third quarter, the Sailors led by 10, at 40-30, and finished with a 14-point win.

“There were a ton of fouls,” DeWolfe said. “It was getting called really tight. It was choppy and hard for both teams to get momentum and flow. That’s how it started.”

Steamboat weathered the choppy contest to earn its 14th win on the season, the most for a Sailors team since the 2009-10 season, during which it won 15 games.

Senior Zach Dunklin followed his strong performances last weekend with a 19-point game against Battle Mountain. Matthew Lanning picked up 12 points for Steamboat, Garrett Bye had 10 and Carter Kounovsky added seven.

Steamboat’s final regular-season game is Saturday at home against Eagle Valley, a team it beat by 20 points Jan. 16. Tipoff is at 3:30 p.m.

To reach Ben Ingersoll, call 970-871-4204, email or follow him on Twitter @BenMIngersoll

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