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Steamboat Springs Shootout

Boys team shares title

Melinda Mawdsley

Behind its best half of play this season, the Steamboat Springs boys basketball team defeated Johnson County (Tenn.), 54-33, to share the Steamboat Shootout title with Roaring Fork.

Both Steamboat and Roaring Fork finished 3-0, but the limited round-robin tournament format prevented the two from facing each other.

It would have been an intriguing matchup, considering the Sailors (3-2 overall) looked every bit like champions Saturday night, particularly in the first half against Johnson County.

Steamboat held Johnson County to five points in the first quarter and 16 in the first half. Meanwhile, the Sailors found a groove on offense for the first time this season, valuing each possession and executing from all areas of the court.

“We had a flow (Saturday),” Steamboat coach Kelly Meek said. “Everyone had a lot of touches. Good passing teams are good shooting teams. Great passing teams are great shooting teams.”

What may have impressed Meek the most was watching the Sailors turn down open looks to work the ball around and find a better shot. When sophomore Scott Peterson got the hot hand early in the first quarter, his teammates made sure to get him the ball.

Peterson scored 15 points in the first half and finished with 18 in limited second-half action.

“We’ve been working in practice and in pre-game on our shooting,” Peterson said.

Through the previous four games of the season, the Sailors struggled — mightily at times — to establish a rhythm on offense. Saturday night, they settled in, particularly in the first half, and found and hit their open shots from behind the arc and in the paint.

Defense always will be the strength of any Steamboat team coached by Meek, but senior Devin Borvansky said Meek wasn’t pleased with much of anything the Sailors were doing after last weekend’s 0-2 showing in the Roaring Fork Tournament.

“Basically he yelled at us a lot,” Borvansky said. “We’ve grown so much (this weekend) defensively and with our shot selection.”

Peterson and Borvansky, along with six other players from the field’s other teams, were selected to the Steamboat Shootout All-Tournament Team.

One of those players was Johnson County point guard Judd Shoun, a player Meek holds in high regard.

Saturday, Shoun had 11 points, but he and his teammates had difficulty getting anything going offensively.

Peterson led Steamboat offensively with 18 points. Senior Nick Monterotti had 12 points, and junior Patrick Ayres had eight. Borvansky pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds, and senior guard Kyle Re dished out a team-high five assists.

Steamboat will take its three-game winning streak into Tuesday’s home contest against Summit.

The varsity plays at 7 p.m. The JV and freshman teams start things off at 5:30 p.m.


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