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Steamboat boys thrive in overtime

Jon Rinck goes up for a shot Thursday as the Steamboat boys basketball team played Discovery Canyon. Rinck led all scorers with 23 and he helped the Sailors to an overtime victory in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot Out.
Joel Reichenberger

Steamboat Shoot Out

Thursday scores

Boys

Northridge 60, Battle Mountain 42

Eagle Valley 58, Moffat County 46

Steamboat 56, Roosevelt 53

Elizabeth 62, Colorado Academy 60

Girls

Prairie View 48, Battle Mountain 45

Eagle Valley 50, Frederick 40

Moffat County 75, Elizabeth 60

Discovery Canyon 28, Steamboat 23

— The Steamboat Springs High School boys basketball team didn’t have a rotten trip last week in a three-game swing in Grand Junction. Its 3-point shooting, however, was another story.

The squad was colder than cold from beyond the arc, capping the weekend with a 1-18 performance in the final game.

The Sailors got some redemption Thursday night, playing at home against Roosevelt in the first round of the Steamboat Shoot Out tournament. John Zalesky hit two big, late 3-point shots; the first helped the Sailors get into overtime, and the second gave the team the lead for good there, en route to a 56-53 victory.



“It’s a confidence thing,” Zalesky said. “Ethan (Riniker) hit a few, and it got contagious. We were playing as a team, and we got more open looks.”

The game was tight throughout, and 3-pointers were one of the things that helped Steamboat keep pace. The Sailors had five, one more from Zalesky and two from Riniker.



Jon Rinck didn’t make any 3-point shots, but he didn’t need any. He led all scorers with 23 points, also grabbing seven rebounds. Zalesky finished with 15 points and Riniker nine, with 14 more rebounds.

DeAunte Hunt scored 14 to lead the Rough Riders.

Steamboat stayed in the game with a massive rebounding edge, 40-22, then got the baskets it needed when it mattered the most.

Steamboat took a two-point lead when Zalesky connected from 3-point range with 1 minute, 10 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Roosevelt managed to earn a tie with two Hunt free throws, but Zalesky came through again with 1:01 remaining in overtime.

It took two final free throws from McKenyon King to put the game away, but afterward, the Sailors were happy to come away from their tournament opener on top.

“I’m proud of the boys, the way they fought,” coach Michael Vandahl said. “We had 27 turnovers. We have to have more sureness. They’ll keep learning. It’s going to be a process, but these guys, they’re always going to fight, and this was a learning experience.”

Next up for Steamboat, 2-2, in the tournament is a 7:45 p.m. game Friday against Moffat County.


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