Pirates Notch Win Over Port Townsend

Dec 4, 2010
by Steve Edele
By the end of the first quarter the Vashon boys basketball team had opened up an 11 point lead on Port Townsend and the Pirates never looked backed as they easily handled the visiting Redskins last Friday night, 60-41. The win moves the Pirates to 1-1 in the young hoops season.

Senior Alex Wegner led all scorers, netting 26 points for the Pirates on nine field goals including two three-pointers. He also went six for six from the foul line.

Vashon played an excellent team game as the rest of the scoring was spread throughout the roster with Hamzah Griffin, Jeff Rauma, and Matt Dick each picking up six points on the night.

The Redskins scored the first basket of the game, but Vashon, playing some tenacious defense, powered back to take an 8-2 lead. As the first period wore on, Port Townsend managed to stay within six almost entirely on the back of 6-3 senior center Jacob DeBerry who accounted for over half of the Redskins total point production. Nearing the end of the period, however, Wegner got open underneath for two layups and Tyler Stoffer hit a three to end the first frame with a 21-10 Vashon lead.

The Pirates maintained the advantage through the early stages of the second period, leading 24-14 before the Redskins picked up seven unanswered points. Redskin Matt Juran hit for two. When the Pirates came up empty on the flowing possession, Port Townsend bit into Vashon’s lead again when Kyle Kelly hit a basket, was fouled, and made good from the free throw line. Both teams then exchanged several possessions without scoring until DeBerry hit for the Redskins, cutting what had been a 12 point advantage down to 5. With two seconds left on the clock, Rauma laid the ball up on a beautiful feed from Wegner and the Pirates held a 28-21 lead at the half.

Coach Andy Sears surely whispered some words of inspiration to his team during the break because the Pirates buried Port Townsend in the third period, outscoring the Redskins 18-7. The Vashon attack came from everywhere: six points from Dick on a pair of three-pointers, four points from Jesse Hazzard, and two each from Griffin, Wegner, Ben Whitaker, and Adrian Arceo. The third period buzzer sounded with the Pirates holding a commanding 46-28 advantage.

The Redskins managed to close the gap to 12 at one point in the final period, but the Pirates sprinted to the finish notching a 19 point win in their first victory of the season.

Vashon’s next game, which is also its Nisqually League opener, will be at Seattle Christian this Friday at 6 p.m.