Steamboat Springs boys basketball goes 2-1; Soroco girls win Meeker Tournament
December 1, 2018
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball went 2-1 at the Preview Classic tournament hosted by Golden and D’Evelyn high schools from Thursday, Nov. 29, to Saturday, Dec. 1.
The Sailors got off to a rusty start against Centaurus on Thursday, losing 45-34, but they bounced back with two strong wins, including an overtime victory over Sierra on Saturday.
On Friday, the Sailors defeated the tournament host, D’Evelyn, 64-47. Mac Riniker exploded with 28 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and five steals. Dawson Linquist and Aden Knaus also notched double-digit performances scoring 13 and 11 points respectively.
On Saturday, the Sailors battled until the end against the Stallions. Sierra made a layup to tie the teams just before regulation and Riniker responded by having the final say in overtime, making a layup with 1.5 seconds left on the clock to win 61-59.
Riniker finished the Sierra game with 22 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, four steals and three blocks. Tyler Doyne also put up a strong performance with 16 points and four rebounds.
“Overall, I was pleased with the entire tournament,” Steamboat Springs head coach Michael Vandahl said. “I hope we learned some valuable lessons that we can take with us for the rest of the season. As a team we feel good about going 2 – 1 at this tournament but we have a long ways to go. Four out of the eight teams were ranked pre-season 4A top 10, seven out of eight received votes. We understand that it is a long season and we have a lot of areas that we need to improve.”
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The Rams kicked things off with a 53-24 stomping of Aspen on Thursday. The Rams followed up with a victory over league foe and top competitor for the Class 1A/2A Western Slope League title, Meeker, 73-59.
Senior Chloe Veilleux made a statement against Meeker, scoring 48 points.
“Last night was pretty special to see,” Soroco head coach David Bruner said. “For a kid to score like that, even fans from Meeker were coming up to me.”
In the championship game, Soroco defeated Rangely 49-25 to take home the trophy.
“Overall, I was pleased with the weekend.” Bruner said.