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Steamboat sputters, loses to Windsor

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The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team traveled to Windsor for a second round playoff game on Saturday. The Sailors lost 46-31.

The Sailors started out the game slow and would be trailing after the first quarter 8-2.

“A word that has been thrown around a lot, when describing this team, is potential. “Coach Mike Vandahl said. “This game perfectly summed our season up, completely filled with ups and downs. Very little continuity. And, as a coach, that’s a frustrating problem to figure out.”

The Steamboat boys fell even further behind in the second quarter.

“We played scared. We weren’t banging around inside and settled for bad three point shots,”  Vandahl said.

Steamboat trailed Windsor at the half, 25-14.

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The game finally began for the Sailors in the third quarter.

The three point shots that had been vacant the previous two quarters were starting to hit their mark. All in all, Steamboat fought all the way back and got within 1 of Windsor at the end of the third quarter.

“This is a bitter loss for us. This wasn’t even close to what we are capable of as a team,”  Vandahl said. “I hope the boys use this and what they are feeling as motivation for next year.”

The quarter ended with Steamboat trailing, 32-31.

The fourth quarter brought nothing but disappointment for the Sailors, as they were shut out from scoring.

“We just made too many uncharacteristic mistakes. We fought our way back only to let ourselves down, and that’s why this is so disappointing,” Coach Vandahl said. “I think that’s a theme for this year, letting ourselves down. Throughout the year, we were constantly missing players due to off the court issues, and the best teams don’t have 5-6 guys having these problems. ”

The Sailors still have a lot to look forward to in the coming year. The team won the Western Slope last year and placed second this year. All that’s missing is that elusive trip to the state tournament.

“We will lose Jake Berry to graduation, and he has been immense for us this year. We will miss him.” Coach Vandahl said. “However, you always have to look ahead. We will have 7 seniors on the squad next year. I’m expecting them to step up and fulfill the potential that everyone can clearly see, but it needs to happen both on and off the court. Decision making off the court is just as important as on it.”