Pirates Co-Nisqually League Champs! Head To Playoffs

Feb 18, 2014
by Ezra Lacina
The Vashon Pirates capped off an incredible regular season with a great week of basketball. Starting the week by crushing the Cruisers of Eatonville and finishing with a road win at Charles Wright Academy.

Tuesday was time for a rematch with The Eatonville Cruisers who handed the Pirate their first loss of the season. Vashon was plenty motivated to win this game, not only did they want to prove that the last meeting was a fluke, but also this was senior night for the Pirates.

The Pirates came out on fire with senior Owen Brenno getting Vashon on the board with an off the glass basket. From there Vashon got a big first quarter lead and didn’t let up. This was a unique instance where the intensity on the floor didn’t reflect the score. Vashon was dominating in the scorebook, but Eatonville was more physical and more intense than the Pirates. At the end of the first The Pirates had the lead 17-6

In the second quarter Eatonvilles’ physical play got more intense and it helped the Cruisers as they forced turnovers and grabbed tough rebounds. They doubled their first quarter score in the second, but Vashon still held a strong lead to the half, going into the locker room up 31-21.

Junior Ian Stewart started things off in the second half by draining a three to add to Vashons’ already impressive lead. The third quarter was almost identical to the first score wise, putting Eatonville down in a huge hole late in the game.

In the fourth quarter Vashon was in cruise control when senior Thomas Douglas drained a three and threw up an awesome alley oop to junior Jessie Norton. With a couple minutes left in the game head coach Andy Sears called timeout, subbing out Douglas and Brenno. This was an emotional moment in the gym as the crowd gave the two seniors a standing ovation while Sears paced back and forth signaling for the crowd to get loud. Both these seniors gave all they had to this program for as long as they could and it was great to see them honored.

In the end Vashon cruised to victory winning by a score of 66-39. Norton led The Pirates scoring with 18. Brenno had 4 and Douglas had 5 to finish their home careers.

Thursday night promised a thriller as The Pirates travelled to the Charles Wright dome to take on The Terriers. In their last meeting the Pirates pulled out a close victory that ended with the students storming the court. It is no secret that these two schools don’t like each other when it comes to sports which almost always promises great competition. The energy in the dome was insane as the travelling Vashon crowd battled with the home CWA crowd.

Vashon started well with Norton scoring the first seven, then sophomore Sam Yates added the next nine hitting three treys. At the end of one Vashon was up 18-13 with Yates and Norton dominating as a sharp shooting duo.

The second quarter was a battle with both teams playing very well, but Vashon was able to maintain their lead going into the half up 32-25.

The third quarter made a CWA comeback seem possible as they outscored The Pirates 13-8 in the quarter. Coming down the stretch it looked as if this would be another close finish. Vashon just had to keep the upper hand for several more minutes. Norton was dominating the game both driving and shooting from beyond the arc. Stewart made a layup while getting fouled to put Vashon up by seven with 13 seconds left. Stewarts free throw put the game away for Vashon as The Pirates battled to a 58-50 victory. Norton led the Pirates scoring 21 points. Stewart played with tremendous energy all game long and dropped 12.

Beating CWA gave Vashon the co-league title with Cedar Park forcing a one game playoff to determine the #1 seed to districts.

Vashon came out strong in the first quarter finishing the first period up 16-10. In the second quarter Vashon played solid defense along with scoring consistently. Both Yates and Norton got into foul trouble early which would be difficult for The Pirates late in the game. At the half Vashon was up 32-23.

The third quarter did not go well for Vashon was The Pirates were plagued by turnovers and Cedar Park capitalized on the Vashon mistakes. After three the score was knotted up at 42.

In the fourth Vashons’ defense collapsed giving up 21 points as Trey Drechsel took over. In the end Vashon came up short losing 52-63. Junior Steen Jennings led Vashons scoring with 14 followed by sophomore Noah Chee who battled to get 13.

The loss means Vashon has the number two seed heading into the playoffs and will take on Northwest school at home on Wednesday. Vashon defeated Northwest 66-33 earlier this season.