Steamboat boys win in first round of Steamboat Shoot-Out basketball tourney, but find flaws
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — There’s nothing more simple than “win and advance” when it comes tournament play, and Thursday the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team did, beating Montrose, 43-31 in the first round of the Sailors home tournament, the Steamboat Shoot-Out.
It was more complex than that in the eyes of Steamboat coach Michael Vandahl, however, and he walked off the court far from content.
“We’ve got a long ways to go,” Vandahl said. “We’ll take a win, but I wasn’t pleased. If we don’t learn to communicate on defense and offense, I don’t know. It can’t always be coming from me.”
Ethan Pyles sank three second-half 3-point shots and led the Sailors with 11 points. Mac Riniker scored eight and Tyler Doyne and Aden Knaus each had seven.
Steamboat was in control throughout, leading 23-16 at half, but in Vandahl’s eyes focus was lacking throughout, as well.
“We fought tough on defense. We rebounded better, but we need to play a lot better,” Vandahl said. “I expect a lot more (Friday.)”
The Sailors may need some extra focus if they’re to win again and advance to the tournament’s championship game. The team will play at 8:15 p.m. Friday against Colorado Academy, which thumped the tournaments visitors from the state of Tennessee, Johnson County, 69-40.
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