Pirates Suffer Defeat in Sub-District Game

Feb 20, 2010
by Jay Williamson
Tyler Stoffer leads the fast break.
The Orting gymnasium was full Saturday evening as two of the top five teams in the state faced off in the Sub-District Tournament. The winner would be guaranteed a spot in the state tournament in Yakima while the loser would have to fight for that honor in the Tri-District Tournament. Cascade Christian is an excellent team and the only league team to defeat the Pirates this year.

As in their last game against each other, Cascade Christian jumped to an early dominating lead hitting three-pointers and repeatedly stealing the ball from the Pirates for easy transition baskets. This resulted in a 22 to 4 Cougar lead halfway through the first quarter. Coach Sears called a time-out and appeared to try to calm his team down. It worked as the Pirates finished the quarter with a 7-0 run. Keys to the rally were a three-point play by John Gage and a steal leading to a Tyler Stoffer lay-in. The second quarter was a back and forth affair with Alex Wegner hitting a big three-point shot, a steal by Elias Weston resulting in a lay-up by Matt Kerns and John Gage hitting numerous free throws. When Gage got his third foul with a minute left in the half, Corey Williamson came in for his first action since breaking his nose and got two big rebounds despite the mask he was wearing. Making 14 of 16 first half free throws kept the Pirates in the game with the halftime score 35-27 Cascade Christian.

Vashon came out firing in the third quarter with Wegner making his second three-point shot and Quinn Holert converting an offensive rebound into a bucket. When Gage hit a baseline jumper Vashon was within one point. However the Cougars made a run of their own and held the lead 50-41 at the end of the quarter despite a nice driving bucket by Kerns and another steal by Weston. Vashon could not regain the momentum in the fourth quarter despite a big steal and 6 points in the quarter by Holert and two backdoor lay-ins by Dan Lofland on assists from Gage. Key player, Alex Wegner, was called for his fifth foul and had to sit out most of the quarter. Matt Amick played well throughout the game, collecting 6 rebounds. In the end, Cascade Christian won 64-53 and it was their fans who got to chant “On to State”.

Pirate points vs. Cascade Christian:
Gage 14, Wegner 14, Holert 10, Kerns 5, Weston 4, Lofland 4, Stoffer 2