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Middle School basketball nearly perfect in Steamboat

David Pressgrove

If the Craig Middle School boys basketball teams had any questions about their ability, handily winning three out of four games Saturday against Steamboat Springs affirmed that they are capable of playing well.

“I expected a little more out of Steamboat,” said eighth-grade coach Brett Sperl. “They couldn’t handle our speed and size.”

The eighth-grade A team started its game with a 12-0 lead.

“That was the best opening quarter from them I’ve seen,” Sperl said. “We’re starting to play together and the press was very effective.”

Leading the Bulldogs in scoring was Andrew Magas with 12 points as three other players contributed six points and the A team won, 38-24, to improve its record to 2-0.

In the eighth-grade B game, the team trailed most of the game until the last 24 seconds when it took a 19-18 lead.

“After trailing the whole game and scoring that last basket to take the lead, they started to celebrate too early,” Sperl said.

As the Bulldogs celebrated, Steamboat passed the ball down the court and made a winning shot with three seconds remaining.

“They learned a valuable lesson from that game,” Sperl said. “At least they gave the crowd an exciting one to watch.”

For the seventh grade A-team, the full-court press was the answer.

The Bulldogs had an 18-12 lead going into halftime when coach Bryce Eardley made the command to start guarding Steamboat full court.

The pressure created a run for the Bulldogs and the team ended up winning, 36-21.

“On offense, most of our points came from guard penetration and then a dish to the open big man,” Eardley said.

“Our guards did a good job of recognizing that the penetration was there and that it was tough to guard them.”

The guards’ driving and dishing to the big men underneath led to 16 points for big man Josh Satterwhite and 12 for Eli Buckner.

In the B-game, the team jumped out to an 18-4 lead at halftime and won the game, 22-10.

“The community should be excited about the talent we have that will be coming up to the high school soon,” Sperl said. “This is a fun group to watch.”

David Pressgrove can be reached at 824-7031 or dpressgrove@craigdailypress.com.


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