Sailors cap off perfect league record
Team waits on playoff seeding after defeating Battle Mountain, 77-54
Steamboat Springs — Now the only thing left is to see where the seeds fall.
After dismantling Battle Mountain, 77-54, on Friday and finishing with a perfect 14-0 league record, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team will have to wait until late today or Sunday to find out where its fate will fall in the state playoffs.
Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said he’s hopeful for a top-12 seed but thinks the Sailors deserve a top-16 seed and a first-round bye.
“It’ll be interesting to see what we get,” Meek said. “You just don’t know because those big schools play such great competition.”
In the seeding, Steamboat – one of the smallest teams in Class 4A – will be up against teams that have three times its enrollment.
“We’ve got, I think, 16 teams or more that play the regular season in 5A and then drop down,” Meek said. “They’re all going to be putting up a big-time case.”
Small or not, the Sailors (19-3 overall, 14-0 in league play) showed they deserved a top seed Friday.
After struggling through the first three minutes of the first quarter and leading just 12-7, the Sailors scored 11 of the next 17 points to take a 23-13 lead into the second quarter.
Then, in the second and third quarters, the Sailors outscored the Huskies (0-22, 0-14), 41-17, to take a 64-30 lead into the fourth quarter.
“We have great kids who are great with each other,” Meek said. “That’s the thing that’s so nice with this team is it keeps us so well oiled.”
Of the Sailors’ 33 field goals on the night, 27 of them were assisted.
Meek said that shows the Sailors’ greatest strength this year.
“This group really, really shares the ball well,” he said.
Aaron Calkins led the Sailors with 26 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Colby Kostur added 13 points and six rebounds and Alex Wood scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds.
Meek said if the Sailors get a first-round bye, they’ll play at home at 1 p.m. Feb. 24.
If they don’t receive a bye, the Sailors will play Wednesday at home.
Nevertheless, Meek said he’s happy with a ball club that’s won 17 straight games after starting the year 2-3.
“We’re ready,” he said. “We’re excited to get into the playoffs.”
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