Steamboat boys overcome slow shooting for first win |

Steamboat boys overcome slow shooting for first win

The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team didn't open its season Friday with a hot shooting performance.

Not by a long shot.

But, the Sailors were solid on defense and scored enough, and that led the way to a 1-0 record behind at 47-35 win against Roaring Fork in a tournament at that school.

"I'm real pleased," Steamboat coach Michael Vandahl said. "Any time it's the first game, you're trying to work out some kinks, but I was really pleased with our defense. That's what we're always going to hang our hat on."

The team shot just 3-15 from 3-point range, but managed to get some contributions from up and down the lineup.

Man Riniker led the team with 21 points. Ethan Pyles had seven and Jake Berry six.

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"Overall, our top seven, everyone chipped in," Vandahl said. "We started a little slow and had a couple offensive lulls, but I don't expect us to do that every night."

Next up for the Sailors is another game in Roaring Fork, this time at 1:30 p.m. Saturday against Ponderosa.

"That will be a different beast, but we feel pretty good going into it," Vandahl said. "It will be a challenge, but it's an exciting opportunity."

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