Steamboat bounces back for key win

Joel Reichenberger

— The Sailors were cold from the floor in the first half, but they heated up in a hurry in the second and on Saturday, the Steamboat Springs High School basketball team overcame a halftime deficit on the road to beat Delta, 59-49.

“We played our best defense all year in the second half and that led the way for us,” Steamboat coach Luke DeWolfe said. “We were able to get turnovers, get some good, solid stops, and our shots started falling.”

The win bumps the team to 4-0 in the league and 7-3 overall and sets up a big game next weekend against Glenwood Springs, also 7-3 and 4-0.

On Saturday, the Sailors trailed by four at half, but took the lead in the third quarter and expanded it through the fourth.

They didn’t get as many points from their leading scorer, Robi Powers, but found enough elsewhere.

Powers finished with 10. Brody King had 18 and Garrett Bye had 14.

“Brody’s starting to more and more understand he can do a lot of things for us, not just get the ball up the court,” DeWolfe said. “It was good to see him be aggressive and play with confidence.”

DeWolfe also pointed to Hector Lopez and Mitch McCannon, who had eight and six points, respectively, but who also provided an important spark on defense.

“Those two guys did a really nice job,” he said. “It was a really solid team effort.”

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