Sailors stumble in opener |

Sailors stumble in opener

Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball coach Michael Vandahl said he knew there would be tough nights this season for his young, inexperienced team.

The Sailors opened the season with such a night Thursday, losing on the road in their season opener to Grand Junction, 62-35, played at Grand Junction-Central.

“We are playing with our JV team from last year, and this was their first varsity experience,” he said. “Maybe they were a little shellshocked, but ya know, there was some good stuff out there, overall.”

Jon Rinck scored 10 for the Sailors, and McKenyon King had eight. It wasn’t an overly good night for the team’s offense, as it went 1 of 16 from 3-point range.

Robi Powers, Steamboat’s leading scorer from last season who transferred to Grand Junction, helped pile up the points against his old team.

It wasn’t just Powers, though, Vandahl said.

“They had a bunch of shooters and moved the ball on us pretty well,” he said. “It’s humbling, but no one has their heads down. We knew this would be a process. Every day, we have to get better. We will keep working.”

The team is back at it at 3:30 p.m. today again in Grand Junction against Mitchell.

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