Pirates Start Season 2-2

Dec 10, 2012
by Ezra Lacina
This season the Pirate basketball team started off hot winning their first two games. The beginning of league play has seen the team stumble, losing two in a row, leaving them at two and two. The first game of the season was a home game against Auburn Adventist Academy. The Pirates came out strong scoring fast and overwhelming Auburn on defense. The Pirates dominated game from the start to the final buzzer. The underclassmen played well in this game, sophomore Jessie Norton lead the Pirates in scoring with 23 points. Another sophomore, Josh Myer hit from three point range multiple times aiding the Pirates to a 68-37 victory.

The second contest of the season was a home game against Cross Point Academy. “We came out firing on all cylinders vs. Cross Point with a tremendous amount of energy” stated head coach Andy Sears. Vashon again dominated all game showing who was the better team. Senior Ben Whitaker had a tremendous first half scoring 26 of his 30 points. In the end the Pirates won by a score of 80-32.

The game against Cedar Park Christian was Vashon’s first road game and more importantly the first league game of the season. This was going to be a tough game for the Pirates going against a very good Cedar Park team. “Cedar Park is a tremendous team and we got to see up close why they are picked by many to win the league” said Sears. Cedar Park has a lot more size and experience than this young Vashon roster. “We had a couple of good runs, but every time we made a mistake they capitalized” said Sears. In the end the team with fewer mistakes came out on top. Sophomore Jessie Norton had a great game scoring 29 points, but it was not enough. The final score was 47-63 Cedar Park.

Vashon returned home to face a talented team in Seattle Christian. After any loss a team always wants to come back the very next game and get a win to redeem themselves. This proved to be no easy task against Seattle Christian. This game had an extreme defensive emphasis. The Pirates defense played tremendously, but the offense could not get the points to take the lead. Sophomore point guard Ian Stewart was doing a great job distributing the ball and running the offense, but shots that usually would go in were not falling for the Pirates. At the end of the first half the score was 13-18 Seattle Christian. In the second half the back and fourth game continued and was neck and neck coming down to the final minute of regulation. Freshman Sam Yates nailed a three in the final seconds of regulation to send the game into overtime, but the Pirates failed to capitalize in the extra period losing in overtime 51-43. Being 0-2 in league play is never a good place to be, but there are a lot of games ahead for the Pirates and coach Sears is confident that this young talented team will turn it around.