Posted On: 01/6/18 11:54 AM
On Friday evening, the Steamboat Springs Sailors traveled down from the Rocky Mountains to take on the undefeated Silver Creek Raptors in the second round of the Roughrider Shootout at Roosevelt High School. It was a two-point contest at halftime but Silver Creek pulled away in the second half to win, 61-50. Still, the Sailors from Steamboat showed the potential to compete will one of the early favorites in Class 4A, and could be poised for a playoff run.
Here are five things that stood out from the game.
Steamboat flashes top-tier potential
Sure, the Sailors (5-4) didn’t win on Friday. But no one else has beaten Silver Creek (7-0) yet this winter and the Sailors are still above the .500 mark. This game was also close at halftime, with Silver Creek leading 23-21 after Steamboat held the Raptors well below their season scoring average through the first two half and gave up just seven points in the second quarter.
Silver Creek just keeps rolling along
Still undefeated, the Raptors added another victory to their early-season streak and they did so without their A-Game for much of the contest. While they had spurts when they looked like an undefeated team and early Final Four contender, the Raptors also struggled at times against the Sailors’ length and athleticism in their full-court pressure defense. But whenever the Raptors struggle, star player Trent Dykema always seems to come up big. He did just that on Friday, scoring 14 of his game-high 19 points in the second half.
Steamboat’s Mac Riniker emerging as a big-time recruit
Sometimes it can be more difficult to gain exposure when playing up in the Rocky Mountains. But at 6-foot-4, 180 pounds, Sailors junior Mac Riniker is overcoming his team’s geographic disadvantages and his stock on the rise. Averaging 15.7 points per game, he matched Dykema’s game-high 19 points on Friday and also is averaging 6.6 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals. A lengthy, athletic guard whose perimeter shooting is coming around, Sailors head coach Michael Vandahl thinks Riniker could have mid-major Division I or high Division II potential when it’s all said and done.
Silver Creek happy to have Christian Warner back in the lineup
Raptors starting guard Christian Warner missed the first month of the season after a broken scaphoid bone in his right wrist kept him out for eight weeks. Warner has been cleared to return to the court following the winter break and has averaged just over five points while trying to get back up to speed. The Raptors are still working to reincorporate Warner into their rotation and on-court chemistry, but they’re certainly thrilled to have one of their best players back in the mix.
Steamboat Springs will be really tough in 2018-19
The Sailors have just one senior on the varsity roster and their top four scorers are three juniors and a sophomore, so the future is bright in Steamboat Springs. Next season, Riniker will still be leading the way and the Sailors are expecting him to have a big senior season. With others like juniors Aden Knaus and Tyler Doyne, as well as sophomore Ethan Pyles, also taking steps forward, the boys from Steamboat Springs will be a team to watch next winter.