Pirates Unhorse Cowboys

Dec 16, 2008
by Charlie Pieterick
Odin Jacobovitch shoots over a Chimacum player.
It took the Pirates 6 seconds to score their first basket against the Chimacum Cowboys last Wednesday at home.  John Gage controlled the tip to Thomas Timm-Skove who scored off three giant steps to the hoop.  The Pirates went on to trounce the Cowboys, 89-20.   Friday’s highly anticipated game at Cascade Christian was canceled because of the weather. A make up date has not been determined.

It has been said that most players on this year’s Pirate bench could be starters for any of Vashon’s league rivals.  Coach Andy Sears substituted early and often, giving home fans a chance to see why.   Juniors Elias Westin and Quinn Holert each dumped in 14 points, while garnering their fair share of rebounds, steals, and assists.  Westin attacked the hoop ferociously, at one point lofting a delicate tear drop for two points from the midst of heavy contact in the lane.  Holert again showed his assassin’s touch, sinking two threes, but also his speed and agility in pushing the fast break down court.  The Pirate’s fast-paced offense and pressure defense clearly left the Cowboys outgunned, and resulted in a  51-9 margin by the half.

Sears’ starters opened the second half on a 10-0 run.  Several were pulled at that point and the game was largely turned over to the bench who pressed their case for more playing minutes.  The backcourt trio of seniors Jacobovitch and Michael Stoffer, and junior Kyle Bakker dominated the boards on both ends of the court, and scored a number of put-backs on the offensive end.  They also closed the gate on any Cowboy attempt to drive the middle.  By the end of the game, not only had every Pirate played, but every Pirate had scored in this lopsided contest.

Pirate Points: Holert 14, Timm-Skove 14, Weston 14, Pieterick 9, Gage 8, Stoffer 8,  Wegner 5, Burnham 4, Hoffman 4, Jacobovitch 4, Kerns 3, Bakker 2.

The Pirates next play the Steilacoom Sentinels in an away game on Saturday, December 27th, before heading to a holiday tournament in Oregon.  The Sentinels, old 2A Nisqually League rivals, have a strong team and are likely to give the Pirates a serious contest.

An early season Tacoma News Tribune ranking put the Vashon Pirates and Cascade Christian Cougars as the number 1 and 2 teams in 1-A statewide.  They also featured Pirate junior bigman John Gage in an article on December 16th which can be accessed on their website.