Pirates Get Two Needed Wins -- Still In Playoff Hunt

Jan 27, 2013
by Ezra Lacina
This week the Pirates rebounded from a winless week with two home victories.

The first game of the week was a home game against Life Christian Academy. The Pirates needed to get a win to get back on track and they definitely started like they knew it, quickly jumping out to a six point lead. As the game progressed the Life Christian Eagles managed to keep pace with the Pirates but could not overcome them. “We had some stretches of great basketball, but sloppy play made it a bit closer than it needed to be” said head coach Andy Sears. Most of the great play came from Sophomore Jesse Norton scoring nearly half of the teams’ points finishing with 25. Senior Ben Whitaker also had an impressive game with 14 points. At the end of the game the Pirates came out on top winning 56-52.

The second game of the week was another must win for the Pirates against a physically tough Bellevue Christian team. The first quarter was played very evenly, Junior Thomas Douglas swished a spot up three in the middle of the quarter sending the Tide into a roar, but Bellevue Christian immediately responded. At the end of the first quarter the score was all even at 12.

In the second quarter the Pirates came alive on offense and defense, outscoring the Vikings 16 to 8. In the final seconds of the first half the Ball was in Jesse Nortons’ hands, he put up a three, holding the follow through as the ball swished threw the net and the buzzer rang.

As play resumed in the third quarter, the Pirates went right back to work, dismantling the Vikings. Sophomore Ian Stewart played great on defense dominating his opponents. At the end of the third quarter the Pirates were up 41-27.

In the fourth quarter Bellevue Christian began to close in coming within eight points. Jessie Norton then put the final nail in the coffin, driving the lane and putting up a lay up for two. He was fouled on the play, and buried the free throw putting the last nail in the coffin.minutes As the final buzzer rang the scored read 50-38 Pirates. Norton led the Pirates scoring with 21 points. “We got great production from Jesse and Ben, but this was truly a team win” said Sears.

The Pirates still have a big hill to climb, needing to win out to make the Playoffs.