Pirates Alone Atop Nisqually League; 5-0

Dec 21, 2013
by Ezra Lacina (VHS Senior)
Pirate head coach Andy Sears gives instructions during a timeout at Auburn Adventist Academy. (Photo Madison Chapman)
The Pirates entered this past week undefeated and alone atop the Nisqually League. The weeks competition was made up of two road games at Auburn Adventist, and Cascade Christian. The Pirates were victorious in both games defeating Auburn Adventist 77-51, and Cascade Christian 62-38.

On Wednesday, the Pirates found themselves facing the Auburn Adventist Falcons in a non league meeting. The game started off well for Vashon with senior Owen Brenno scoring two quick inside buckets, but the falcons answered with scores of their own. The two teams traded scores for most of the first quarter, but then Junior Jesse Norton started to go off scoring almost everytime he touched the ball. At the end of the first quarter The Pirates held narrow lead with a score of 21-17.

In the second quarter the Pirates started to play great defense. Norton had two great blocked shots and 5’10” junior Ian Stewart blocked a 6’5” center for The Falcons which was extremely impressive. Norton continued to drive the lane with authority sinking almost everything he put up. Sophomore Sam Yates and Stewart also started to add to the scoring frenzy with the defense focusing on Norton leaving them open. With the first half coming to a close The Pirates found themselves winning 45-26.

The second half revealed more Pirate dominance. Sophomore Noah Chee started The Pirates of in the second half with an excellent spin move layup. The Falcons were outmatched in every way. The Pirates were faster, smarter and more skilled and they had no answer for stopping Norton.

The game ended with the Pirates slaying the Falcons 77-51. In the victory Norton set the new school scoring record scoring 39 points, breaking the previous record of 38 set by former star Pirates Alex Wegner.

On Friday, the Pirates traveled to Cascade Christian for a league rivalry game against the Cougars.

The Pirates started off a little flat, but quickly turned it around lead by Yates and Norton. The Cougars were playing a very rough style of defense hand checking Pirate players up and down the court, at some points it looked like they thought it was a football game. Despite the rough style of play put forth by Cascade the Pirates managed to score with great efficiency. After one the Pirates were winning 17-10.

In the second quarter Vashon played amazing defense allowing only four points. Norton and Yates continued to score with amazing consistency. With half of the game in the books the score read Vashon 29, Cascade 14,

Vashon maintained a commanding lead through the third quarter beating the Cougars at both ends of the court. Norton capped off the quarter hitting a NBA range three to beat the buzzer.
As the final period began it was clear The Pirates were on their way to a win, but they didn’t let up on intensity. With 1:54 left in the game Coach Sears sent in the bench. As the final seconds ticked off the clock the Vashon Students started to chant “200! 200!” as this victory was the 200th for Coach Sears. Yates lead the Pirates scoring 26 and Norton followed him with 23 going 9 for 9. After another week in Pirate basketball Vashon is still undefeated and still the team to beat in the Nisqually League.