Pirates Win Big in Tri-District Opener

Feb 24, 2010
by Jay Williamson
Elias Weston fights for an offensive rebound.
Nothing like home cooking to cure what ails you. After suffering a defeat in the Sub-District Tournament in Orting the Pirates returned home to open the Tri-District Tournament against Seattle Academy, a team they defeated handily in the opening game of the season. The result this time was a resounding 60-36 victory.

Vashon started slowly this game and the Cardinals made it clear that they were prepared to compete. The Pirates missed 6 three-point shots before John Gage made the first basket. Alex Wegner connected on a three and solid defense resulted in a 10-9 first quarter lead. Vashon’s tough defense continued in the second quarter and the offense began to take off. Wegner hit another three-pointer, Gage made a nice reverse layup, Tyler Stoffer grabbed an offensive rebound and laid the ball back in as did Wegner. On defense, Matt Amick made a couple of steals, Christian Hasson tied up a Cardinal resulting in a Vashon possession and Seattle Academy was held to 5 second-quarter points as the half ended with the Pirates leading 25-14.

Wegner started the second half with his third three-point basket and Quinn Holert connected with another. Matt Kerns made two steals for the Pirates and later Wegner made a layup off a nice assist from Gage. The highlight came as the buzzer sounded when Kerns made a long, three-point shot, and the crowd erupted. Early in the final quarter a Kerns steal led to a dunk by Gage. Wegner later made a nice move by dribbling behind his back and driving in for a basket. Hamzah Griffin put back an offensive rebound for a basket. Everyone on the team ended up playing including Dan Lofland, Jesse Hazard and Corey Williamson. The game ended in a 60-36 victory with the Green Tide chanting “Thank you seniors” as the clock ticked down on their last appearance on our hallowed home court.

NEXT GAME: Vashon plays Kings @ Montlake Terrace this Friday @ 4:30. Link to directions can be found on Schedule page.

Vashon points vs. Seattle Academy:
Wegner 29, Gage 12, Weston 5, Stoffer 4, Holert 3, Kerns 3, Amick 2, Griffin 2, Hasson, Hazzard, Lofland, Williamson