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Feb 21, 09


Pirates Continue Dominating Play

Jan 9, 2009
by Don Olson & Wendy Gage
Thomas Timm-Skove slides to the basket past the Seattle Christian defense.
Pirates 65 – Seattle Christian 38.  Pirate fans, including Stanford Coach Tention, helped fill the Warrior’s gym on Friday, January 9.  Again the Pirates faced a team giving away considerable height advantage – the tallest Warrior was 6’3” while the average height of the Pirate’s starting line up is over 6’5”.  

The competition began with John Gage successfully jamming the tip up-court to Thomas Timm-Skove who within seconds scored the first basket of the night. The teams were tied briefly in the first quarter before the Pirates went into “high gear”.  Matt Kerns sunk the first of his two three-pointers about a minute before the first quarter buzzer. Pirates 15 and Warriors 10.

Seattle Christian’s press couldn’t hold back the Pirates from scoring.  Nor could their interesting ‘belly button defense’ against John Gage, comprised of placing a defender between John and the basket plus another very short Warrior facing Gage’s stomach. With Gage caged for the first two periods of the game, Timm-Skove and Alex Wegner repeatedly sliced to the basket.  After Max Burnham, Charlie Hoffman and Chris Pieterick weighed in, the Pirate margin extended to 17 points by half time.

The Warrior’s choice to abandon its ‘BBD’ and come out in the second half with a standard 3/2 zone sent Gage on a hoop fest. Thanks to the adept passing of fellow Pirates, Gage slammed down five baskets within the first three minutes of the third quarter. The score going into the fourth quarter was Pirates 49, Seattle Christian 26.

Vashon’s defense cannot be overestimated. It shuts down good three point shooting teams, forces turnovers, rebounds with vengeance thus transmitting Pirate energy back into its offense.

Early in the fourth quarter, Seattle Christian's best shooter and ball handler, Al Lang, fouled out. Pirate Coach Sears pulled starters and the overall strength and depth of the Vashon team was once again put on display. Before it was all over, Michael Stoffer and Quinn Holert had also contributed Pirate points.  Vashon continues to be ranked #1 in the state for 1A schools. The Pirates play highly ranked Cascade Christian in Puyallup on January 10.  GO PIRATES!

Pirate Points:
Timm-Skove 16, Gage 16, Wegner 10, Kerns 6, Burnham 5, Hoffman 4, Pieterick 4, Holert 2, Stoffer 2