Cold shooting sinks Sailors |

Cold shooting sinks Sailors

There was plenty to applaud defensively, Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl said Saturday after his team’s game against Fruita Monument.

Offensively, however, the Sailors left plenty to be desired in a 47-29 loss.

“I was very pleased with our defensive effort,” Vandahl said. “We put in a specific gameplan to stop their big 6-foot-8 guy who’s very skilled. We executed that well, but offensively, we were very poor.”

Senior Jon Rinck led the Sailors with 11 points, while junior McKenyon King added eight.

Top to bottom, however, Steamboat struggled shooting. It made less than 50 percent of its free throws and was 1 of 18 from 3-point range. Steamboat only trailed by seven going into the fourth quarter, and some of those stats were rendered lopsided by desperate, late-game shots.

Still, that poor shooting combined with a rash of turnovers to keep the Sailors from making it close.

“We just have an inexperienced team,” Vandahl said. “We had bad turnovers in key moments instead of having poise. That will come, though.”

Steamboat next plays Thursday at home in the Steamboat Shoot Out.

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