Seson Ends With Win, 13-7 Record

Feb 11, 2013
by Ezra Lacina
Vashon senior Matt Swope, 40 white, drives up the floor past Charles Wright's Sean Gorman in his last basketball game as a Pirate, a 52-41 win over the Tarriers. Photo Rik Forschmiedt /
Last Tuesday, less then a week after being denied a playoff birth by one loss, the Pirates returned to the hard wood to play their final game of the season against league rival Charles Wright Academy. “We really wanted to send our seniors off with a win” said head coach Andy Sears, and they did just that decisively defeating the Terriers by 11.

The Pirates looked fired up as they walked on to the court for senior night. Just seconds into the game sophomore Ian Stewart stole the ball away from Terrier Nate Mondu and passed it to a streaking Ben Whitaker for the first points of the game. The Pirates outplayed the Terriers at both ends of the court. Junior Thomas Douglas hit a spot up three to add to the Pirate lead late in the first quarter. At the end of the period the Pirates were up 13 -8.

The second quarter was very evenly played with both teams scoring 12. This season the second quarter has usually been hard for the Pirates, but they managed to keep a five point lead. Freshman Sam Yates added a three and Sophomore Jesse Norton gave the Pirates several good drives during the quarter. At the half the score was 25-20 Pirates in the lead.

As play resumed in the third quarter the Terriers came out faster and better than the Pirates scoring 13 and holding Vashon to only 8 points. At one point Norton was driving the lane and was obviously fouled, but the refs made no call as Jesse just stood there with his arms up and a puzzled look on his face and as sears exploded on the sideline. Terrible calls are part of every sport and especially in high school sports. There was a miraculous team play by the Pirates later in the quarter when the ball was about to bounce out of bounds Sophomore Ian Stewart saved the ball passing it to Norton who forwarded it to Whitaker who passed it right back to Norton for the Layup electrifying the crowd. At the end of period number three the Pirates were up 34-33.

To start off the final quarter of his basketball career Whitaker swatted a Nate Mondu layup attempt, then senior Matt Swope scored his final points with a layup. The Pirates played great during the fourth quarter on both defense and offense. Jacob Plihal stuffed Fritz Jacobson and right after Norton hit a three with two tics left on the shot clock. Later in the quarter Norton had a Dewayne Wade style play launching the inbound pass to Whitaker hitting him in stride for the break away layup. With two minutes left the Pirates were up by ten and looking forward to victory. Ben Whitaker scored the final points of his career with two free throws. With twenty eight seconds left and victory secured, Sears subbed out the two seniors and the crowd gave them a standing ovation. Whitaker lead the Pirates in scoring with 15 points in the 52-41 victory. The Pirates didn’t make the playoffs but Sears is looking forward to next season with 11 of 13 players returning next season.