Pirates Split For The Week -- Tied For 1st

Jan 20, 2014
by Ezra Lacina (VHS Senior)
This week the Pirates basketball team showed that they are a team of warriors. Both of their games were fought all the way to the end. The first game was a heart breaking loss at Eatonville 65-66. The friday night game was an intense thriller as Charles Wright made the trip across the sound to get beat 49-45.

Tuesday’s game in Eatonville could not have started worse for the Pirates. The Eatonville Cruisers came out firing on all cylinders and jumped out to a huge lead early going up 13-2 halfway through the first quarter. Overall things weren't going well for the Pirates, the Cruisers were bigger and stronger, but the it-factor simply was that they wanted it more. On defense Vashon had trouble defending the lane and kept leaving the baseline open.

Even with the tough Eatonville defense sophomore Noah Chee went of in the first half hitting five three’s. At the half The Pirates found themselves down 34-44. These were uncharted waters for The Pirates, normally we were the ones up by ten at the half.

The second half revealed a completely different Pirates team. They were fired up and more aggressive. Slowly Vashon was overtaking Eatonville. Early in the fourth quarter Sophomore Sam Yates drained a three to tie it up. With 4:30 left a Yates free throw gave Vashon its first lead of the night. Down by two The Cruisers called a timeout with 23 ticks left on the clock. With 11 seconds left Eatonville hit a game winning three handing Vashon their first loss of the season. Yates led the scoring attack with 19 closely followed by Chee with 17.

Friday nights home game vs. Charles Wright promised to be an instant classic. Two strong teams with prolific scorers on both sides going head to head adding the next chapter to the Vashon Charles Wright rivalry.

The Green Tide came out in full strength to support The Pirates. “We have a great home floor, as tough as any in the state” Said Head Coach Andy Sears in regards to the homecourt advantage.

To start the game Sam Yates showed us what kind of player he is scoring the first eight for Vashon. CW stuck with vashon through the first quarter, but at the end of one The Pirates had the lead 16-14.

The second quarter was much like the first, tough defense on both ends with neither team being able to break away. Junior Jesse Norton Had a dominating block off the backboard on an attempted shot that sent The Tide into a deafening roar. At the half The Pirates had the advantage 26-21.

In the second half scoring was still down for both teams. The two CW big men were making inside scoring tough while the speed of The Pirates made getting open incredibly difficult for CW players.

This game was going down to the wire with Vashon up by two with 58 seconds left, but CW was forced to foul and several Pirate free throws sealed the deal for Vashon. As the final buzzer rang The Tide stormed the court shouting and screaming. Yates and Norton both led The Pirates in scoring with 12 each.

“I’m really proud how our guys bounced back and pulled out a really tough win” Said Sears. “We didn’t make excuses and competed well”.

In the end The Pirates tasted their first loss, but came back and earned a huge win in a high stakes rivalry game and are still the team to beat in the Nisqually league.