Sailors fly by Moffat in home tourney
Steamboat set to play at 8:15 p.m.
Steamboat Shoot-Out day 1 results
Discovery Canyon 49, Steamboat 28
Montrose 43, Prairie View 29
Moffat County 37, Northridge 23
Eagle Valley 53, Pueblo Centennial 48
Steamboat 58, Moffat County 35
Northridge 105, Roosevelt 55
Eagle Vally 67, Montrose 59
Colorado Academy 80, Pueblo Centennial 77
Steamboat Springs — Explosive in the second and third quarters and — eventually, anyway — sharp from 3-point range, the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team charged ahead in the winner’s bracket at the Steamboat Shoot-Out on Thursday, blasting rival Moffat County 58-35.
The Sailors trailed after the first quarter and led by just two midway through the second. They closed that quarter and played throughout the third on fire, however, blowing open a close game to the point that coach Michael Vandahl could empty his bench for the waning minutes of the game.
The win sets Steamboat up to play Colorado Academy at 8:15 p.m. Friday in the Kelly Meek Gymnasium at Steamboat Springs High School.
“We weren’t hitting 3s in the first half, but I told them to keep shooting,” Vandahl said. “That’s our mentality.”
The Sailor with a hand most in that mid-game surge was senior Ethan Riniker.
Like his team, he wasn’t great early. He picked up a technical foul when he slapped the backboard after Moffat County turned a steal into a first-quarter layup. He was whistled three times in the first half for traveling and went 0-5 from the 3-point line.
“Last year, I would have crumpled a little bit,” he said. “Mike’s been stressing to me all summer that I just need to move on to the next play, so I kept that in mind.”
He was a force as the game wore on. He was hot enough he comfortably pulled up from 3-point range with a defender right in his face.
That shot swished through, as did plenty of others as he racked up 21 points to lead his team. He also added eight steals, seven rebounds and five assists.
Jacob Taulman scored 11 and pulled in seven rebounds, and Jake Berry hit a pair of 3-point shots for Steamboa, ending up with 10 points and three steals.
Moffat was at its best in the first quarter. Back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers helped pull the Bulldogs from an early deficit to a 14-12 lead.
Brent Cook led the team with 15 points. Moffat will play at 4:45 p.m. Friday in the Ramunno Gym.
“It’s a special feeling, having all your friends and family come out to see you play for the first time this season,” Riniker said. “It’s special, because there are other teams here. Everyone’s trying to figure out who’s who, and if you can come out top dog, that’s a good start to the season.”
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