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.

“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.”

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253, email or follow him on Twitter @JReich9.

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