Vashon Drops Two on Road -- Remain Optimistic

Jan 22, 2013
by Ezra Lacina
This was a dismal week in Vashon Pirates basketball, with two road losses to very good Seattle Christian and Cascade Christian teams.

The first game of the week was a game at Seattle Christian. In their first meeting the Warriors edged the Pirates on Vashon. Several players on the Pirates team were sick on game day so it wasn’t looking too good going into the game. On the opening tip neither player even touched the ball witch surprised the refs and amused most people in the gym. The first points of the game came from a three by sophomore Ian Stewart, but them S.C. star Cody miller responded with a three of his own. The two teams traded six threes back and fourth until senior Ben Whitaker broke the streak with a layup. At the end of the first quarter Seattle Christian was winning 14-13.

The second quarter was really when Seattle Christian took over outscoring the Pirates 20 -7, and the game turned into the Cody Miller show scoring 27 of the teams 55. The Pirates just did not have an answer to stop his superior shooting ability.

The second half was very evenly played, but the Pirates were not able to come back from the second quarter deficit. Whitaker had a good game scoring 17 and playing all around good basketball. The final score was 55-46 Seattle Christian.

The second game of the week was a road game against the Cascade Christian Cougars. The trouble for the Pirates in this game was the size miss match against a rather large Cougars team. It was very difficult for the Pirates to get anything going down in the paint and the Cougars guarded the perimeter well. 6’7” Junior Jacob Plihal managed to hit a jumper over 6’9” Shawn Spencer, But besides that most shot attempts against him ended with a block. It was close at the end of the first quarter with the Pirates down 11-13, but again things went bad in the second quarter.

The Pirates scored only 6 points in the second quarter. Mistakes and some very questionable foul calls weighed the Pirates down and they didn’t capitalize when they had chances. This was just an off night for what is usually a very good young Pirates squad.

Towards the end of the third quarter the Pirates were down by more than twenty when Ian Stewart had a clutch three to beat the buzzer. Ian had another impressive play when number 34 on the Cougars had what seemed to be an easy stand alone layup when Ian flew in out of no where an smacked the ball away. But the game was out of reach at that point and with around two minutes left both coaches sent in the freshmen. The final tally was 46-35 Cascade. Whitaker again led the Pirates in scoring with 14. “We have a tough league, we just need to keep working hard and getting better” said an optimistic Andy Sears.