Steamboat overcomes deficit for road win

Joel Reichenberger

— Character and resolve were on display Tuesday night for the Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team, according to coach Luke DeWolfe. The squad bounced back from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Battle Mountain on the road, 41-34.

“I couldn’t be happier,” DeWolfe said. “That says a lot about the character of this team, that they’re willing to stay the course, willing to battle and to trust in their coaches and in each other.”

Key contributions from a pair of seniors helped make the win possible.

Robi Powers was shutout in the first half but scored 11 in the second, including a late 3-point shot that helped pad the Sailors’ lead late in the game.

Brody King also scored 11, including six consecutive free throws late in the fourth quarter to help put the game away.

That free throw-shooting performance was a team-wide affair. The squad shot 13 for 16, which was a big relief for Steamboat after it went 12 for 24 from the line Saturday against Glenwood Springs.

“We’ve been struggling at the line so that was a point of emphasis all week,” DeWolfe said. “Our kids responded and stepped up, and it ended up showing in this game. It was the difference.”

Steamboat, 8-4, next plays at home Friday against Summit.

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

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