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JOHNSTOWN — Fracturing the scaphoid bone in his right wrist delayed the start of Christian Warner’s senior season with the promising Silver Creek boys basketball team.
Given the preseason excitement surrounding the 2017-18 Raptors after the club won a program-best 21 games last winter, getting sidelined for eight weeks in November and December wasn’t at all what Warner had in mind to start his final prep campaign. Warner has since been cleared and rejoined the Raptors’ lineup to start 2018, eager to help his team win games after sitting out its first four.
On Friday night, the Raptors won 61-50 against Steamboat Springs in the second round of the Roughrider Shootout at Roosevelt High School. The win kept the Raptors (7-0) unbeaten so far this season.
Warner, he’s just excited to be back in the floor.
“For the first couple games, getting back into it, I’m just taking each game as it comes,” Warner said. “I’m not necessarily trying to push through anything, just focusing on trying to make my teammates better. I’m just trying to do my part and help Silver Creek basketball play the way that we know how to play.”
Warner scored five of his seven total points during a 24-point Raptors fourth quarter that quelled any hope of the Sailors (5-4) mounting a comeback. Leading scorer Trent Dykema matched Steamboat Springs’ Mac Riniker with a game-high 19 points for the Raptors, who led by just two points at halftime after scoring just seven in the second quarter.
Even with senior forward Trevor Riters posting a season-high 12 points, the Raptors struggled at times against the Sailors and their length at the defensive end.
“As the season rolls along, I think we’ll develop more consistency,” Raptors head coach Bob Banning said. “There are times when we look every bit the part of where we’re at and there are times when we stumble and it takes some time to build momentum back up again. I also think we’re a well-scouted team and everyone’s going to have film on us and try to bounce us around a little bit. They have a talented young team and I thought that Steamboat played a really good game.”
The Raptors will wrap up their time in the Roughrider Shootout against host team Roosevelt on Saturday at 8 p.m. the Roughriders played Pueblo County in the late game on Friday night and should challenge the Raptors as a potential one-loss team.
Silver Creek 61, Steamboat Springs 50
At Roosevelt H.S.
SILVER CREEK (7-0)
Belcher 0 2-2 2, Eaton 2 0-0 4, Dykema 5 6-6 19, Duquette 0 1-2 1, Roth-Bogrett 1 0-0 2, Warner 3 1-2 7, Hubert 1 1-2 4, Riters 3 6-9 12, Grossaint 4 1-2 9. Totals 19 17-24 61.
STEAMBOAT SPRINGS (5-4)
Hausen 0 0-0 0, Berry 2 0-2 5, Doyne 0 4-6 4, Connell 1 1-2 3, Knans 3 0-0 9, Riniker 8 2-5 19, Lindquist 1 1-2 3, Pyles 2 3-5 7. Totals 17 11-22 50.
Score by quarters:
Silver Creek 1671424—61
Steamboat Springs 9121019—50
3-point field goals — Silver Creek (4): Dykema 3, Hubert; Steamboat Springs (5): Knans 3, Berry, Riniker. Total fouls — Silver Creek 23, Steamboat Springs 24. Fouled out — Berry, Doyne, Connell.