Battle Mountain dumps Steamboat
EAGLE-VAIL – Friday was Friday the 13th, but Saturday the 14th was even more weird for the Battle Mountain and Steamboat Springs boys basketball teams.All hell broke out in the second quarter between the two Western Slope rivals as legendary Steamboat coach Kelly Meek was tossed from the game. Battle Mountain proceeded to pick up two technical fouls when Josh Ruark and Derek Rush were whistled.And somewhere in all of this mess, the Huskies managed to beat the Sailors, 69-53, for the first time since 2002.”It’s really nice,” Huskies coach Phil Tronsrue said. “I’m sorry Kelly Meek wasn’t on the sideline to make it more enjoyable. But a win’s a win and we need it. We needed to win here tonight to keep us battling for the league championship and to let people know we can still play with anybody.”The Huskies’ Connor Drumm and Trent Beckley can play with anybody. Drumm had a game-high 29 points and nine rebounds. Beckley put up 25 points and 20 boards with his brother, Beau, in the stands.”I had 20 boards? Wow,” Beckley said. “It’s nice. Sometimes you just go and do your thing.”Whistles and whistlesBeckley was the focal point in the second quarter. As Beckley was stringing together eight points in a row for the Huskies to give his team a 22-16 lead, Meek was looking for an over-the-back call or three on the Huskies’ center.The calls didn’t come, but two technicals did and Meek, who has won more than 500 games in his career, was done for the night.”I don’t think it was deserved,” Meek said. “I was not mean, nasty, nothing like that. It happened. That’s the way it goes.””I’ve gone into Steamboat and I’ve gotten a technical every year I’ve been there,” Tronsrue said. “I’ve just been fortunate that I haven’t taken No. 2. Probably should have a couple of times.”Assistant coach John Ameen took over for Meek. Drumm proceeded to nail all four of the ensuing free throws and Battle Mountain was up 27-16.The Huskies promptly gave back the margin with technicals from Ruark (kicking the bleacher) and Rush (slapping the floor).Tronsrue righted the Huskies’ ship with a halftime talk that was not exactly Emily Post.”Coach kind of had a word with us at halftime,” Beckley joked. “That’s sort of an understatement.”Pulling awayLeading just 31-28 at the half, Battle Mountain went back to its traditional M.O. of a lot of Drumm and Beckley with some T.J. Montoya (eight points) and Kyle Leffler (seven) from the outside.The Huskies outscored the Sailors, 20-12, in the third and kept pulling away.”There’s a lot of season left,” Meek said. “We’ve got to keep our heads up. We had two players really work us over tonight. We knew coming in that this would be a tough one. We’ve just got to throw this one away and learn from it.”Mitch Bryden led the Sailors with 16 points.Steamboat (7-6 overall and 3-2 in the Slope) hosts Glenwood Friday at 7:30 p.m. Battle Mountain (9-2 and 4-1) has Summit Tuesday in Eagle-Vail at 7 p.m.Lady Sailors edge Huskies, 36-34It was not pretty, but coach Ashley Berggren and the Steamboat girls basketball team isn’t throwing it back.In a game featuring two struggling offenses Saturday, Steamboat squeaked by Battle Mountain, 36-34.”What was the shooting percentage,” asked Berggren after the game.You don’t want to know, Coach.Battle Mountain, behind the balanced attack of Lauren Prewitt (nine points) Kaeli Hosler and Kelsey Sanders (eight each), led, 17-13, early in the second half. Then Steamboat started to warm up, sort of.”What was good about this was situation where I had players step up when I needed them to step up,” Berggren said. “Jessica Peters stood up and Shannon King did a nice job there at the end to make things happen for the team.”Peters knocked down a 3 with 4:13 left in the third quarter to give the Sailors the lead at 22-19. She led all scorers with 13 points. The Huskies took back the lead with a six-point run from Prewitt and Hosler, but Missy Chotvac’s shot from downtown at the end of the third put Steamboat ahead for good.It did get interesting late with the Sailors up 35-32. Jesse Jacobson was fouled while attempting a trey, but could not convert her three free throws.”We’ve got to keep our composure,” Berggren said. “At the end, we could have made better decisions.”Steamboat (2-3 in the Slope) hosts Glenwood Friday at 6 p.m. The Huskies (0-5) have a nonconference tilt at Summit Tuesday at 7 p.m.”They did well,” Huskies coach Ernesto Arredondo said. “We came out and played today, especially considering what happened last night. The good thing is they came out and played together. We missed a few shots that we should have made. We had an opportunity to win. Again, (Steamboat) hit a couple of 3s, but we’re improving.”Sports Editor Chris Freud can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14630 or firstname.lastname@example.org.Vail, Colorado
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