Steamboat boys bounce back with big win |

Steamboat boys bounce back with big win

The bench and stands erupt after Steamboat's Ethan Riniker scores with 15 seconds remaining in Friday night's 48-47 win against Eagle Valley.

— It hasn’t been an easy stretch for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team. Before Friday’s game against Eagle Valley, the Sailors were last at home Jan. 10 for a win against Battle Mountain.

The squad went 2-6 in an eight-game road stretch.

Everything seemed in order again Friday, however. Senior Ethan Riniker led the way as the team came up with a huge second half, just enough to edge Eagle Valley, 48-47.

Riniker led all scorers with 20 points, and he got 16 in the second half as the team crawled back from an 11-0 deficit to start the game.

The Sailors had only 14 points at halftime, but Riniker and the rest caught fire in the third quarter. Jake Berry splashed three 3-point shots in the third quarter. Jacob Taulman hit one each in the third and fourth quarters, and Riniker went off. He sank a 3-point shot and drew a foul to pull his team within one with 2 minutes remaining. He then gave the Sailors the lead on a drive for a baseline jumper, sinking it with 15.7 seconds remaining.

Eagle Valley missed on two final possessions, and Steamboat, 8-11, 4-4, came away with a much-needed victory.

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“We’ve had a lot of struggles. The first part of our league stretch was pretty brutal,” coach Michael Vandahl said. “We’ve had kids sick. We’ve had injuries. It’s really nice to get home and get a win, especially after we came out flat. I’m just really proud of the boys.”