Sailors boys assault Basalt
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS Steamboat junior Michael Vandahl knows how to rebound. Vandahl proved he has recovered from recent knee surgery faster than his coaches and Sailors teammates had expected. After playing sparingly in Steamboats first two games on the road, Vandahl started Steamboats opener in the three-day Steamboat Shootout tournament Thursday night. He came out firing, netting three 3 pointers on his way to a team-high 19 points, helping boost his team past Basalt to a 66-39 win. Steamboat opened the game with an Aaron Calkins 3-pointer, then a three-point play by Colby Kostur. The Sailors 6-0 lead set the tone for what quickly became a lopsided game. Steamboat shot well early, Basalt coach Michael Green said. They took us out of our flow, we got down on ourselves, and they capitalized on our turnovers. Greens squad lost eight seniors from the previous season, and with only one returning starter, Green said the game was a learning experience where his players were finding out what varsity competition is about. After a sloppy beginning, Vandahl heated up, scoring 11 of the Sailors 21 points in the first quarter. The Sailors hit a stride on a 16-4 run in the second. Calkins hit a 3-pointer early in the second half to put the Sailors up 50-20. Steamboat coach Kelly Meek began mixing in his bench players, eventually giving everyone on the roster some playing time. Blake Weinstein came off the bench to grab six rebounds. Kostur also had six boards. Meek said his team struggled to find offensive continuity with the various personnel combinations and is still trying to establish the right court chemistry. Basalt took advantage by outscoring Steamboat, 16-11, in the fourth quarter. Chaz Capobianco led the way for the Longhorns with six rebounds and nine points. Rory Johnson and Matt Heffernan each had six points. On the upside, theres a lot of room for improvement, Green said. We just have to develop that confidence. Basalt faces Conifer, which lost a close game Thursday to Aspen, 52-51, at 3 p.m. today.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.
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