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Boys basketball: Steamboat’s early hot shooting dooms Silver Creek

Sailors hit eight 3-pointers in first quarter to quickly build insurmountable lead

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    Silver Creek's Tanner Call, left, looks for a shot against Steamboat Springs' Dawson Lindquist during their game on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 in Johnstown.

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    Steamboat Springs defenders surround Silver Creek's Zach Noesen, center, as he drives toward the basket during their game at Roosevelt High School on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

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    Silver Creek's Brody Kuehl, right, tries to drive past Steamboat Springs' Jackson Metzler during their game played at Roosevelt High School on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

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    Silver Creek's Matthew Koelfren, center, goes for a layup against Steamboat Springs on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020 in Johnstown.

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    Silver Creek's Zach Noesen, right, shoots the basketball over Steamboat Springs' Ethan Pyles during their game played at the Roughrider Shootout tournament at Roosevelt High School on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

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    Silver Creek's Andrew Duquette goes up for a shot while Reece Rarden looks on during their game against Steamboat Springs played at Roosevelt High School on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020.

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JOHNSTOWN – Leading by three as time ran out on Thursday night, the Silver Creek boys basketball team fouled a Conifer 3-point shooter but still came away with a one-point victory when he missed one of the three ensuing foul shots.

The Raptors must have used up their luck for the remainder of the Roughrider Shootout tournament because they fell victim to a hot-shooting Steamboat Springs squad in the second round on Friday, falling 61-49 despite a late comeback that followed a brutally slow start.

“They hit some shots early and they hit them from way deep,” Raptors head coach Bob Banning said. “And we’re a young club but I always believed we could get back in it. About the time we recognized we could get back in it, we just didn’t have enough time left. We made a great run at it.”

Steamboat (3-7) hit eight 3-pointers in the first quarter and the Raptors (3-5) trailed 23-3 to start the second and 30-12 at halftime. Down 16 points to start the fourth quarter, the Raptors cut the lead to five with 2 minutes, 14 seconds left in the fourth quarter but couldn’t get any closer.

Five of the Raptors’ first eight games this season have now been decided by six or fewer points. They finished last season with a 12-12 record and reached the first round of the Class 4A state tournament.

“The ball bounces a little different a few times here and there, our record could be a little different,” Banning said. “But you never know. That was a team we thought we could play with. They have some big kids and they’ve had a tough schedule, too. This is just about us controlling the things we can control. We turned the ball over too much in the first quarter and that hurt us.”

Senior point guard Andrew Duquette, who is averaging around 18 points per game, led the Raptors with 17 points, going 11-for-13 at the free throw line. Karson Hills scored nine points, Andrew Scott scored seven, Tanner Call scored six, Zach Noesen had five, Matt Koelfgen added three and Dylan Johnson chipped in two.

The Steamboat boys finished with 11 made 3-pointers on the night.

The Silver Creek boys will be back in action Saturday when they wrap up the Roughrider Shootout against Pueblo County at 4:40 p.m.