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Pirate Boys Capture Tri-District Title

Feb 28, 2009
by Charlie Pieterick
John Gage slams home two points.
The Pirate boys’ basketball team cut down the nets at the Mountlake Terrace High School gym on Saturday after winning the 1-A TriDistrict Tournament title.  They begin play on March 4 at the 1-A State Tournament in the Yakima SunDome, as the number one seed out of the northwest region.  

Taking the court in their black-colored away-game uniforms against the Seattle Academy Cardinals, these young men in black put on a display of cold, clinical, precision basketball in their convincing 56-30 title game win.  They appeared to be exorcising some of the demons that inhabited their pale skins during the previous night’s 42-35 nail-biter against the King’s Knights of north Seattle.     

While the Pirates came out on fire against the Cardinals, a quick and athletic team, they could not separate from them over the first four minutes.  But Vashon kicked it up a notch in the second half of the quarter. Aggressive Pirate defense and Vashon’s height forced the Cardinals into poor shot selection and turnovers.  In the waning seconds, Pirate Charlie Hoffman came up with a huge block, tipping the ball out to Alex Wegner who nearly completed a ¾-court shot at the buzzer. Vashon up 16-8.  

The Pirates continued to pressure the Cardinals in the second quarter.  An opening 11-2 Pirate run was capped by a Hoffman monster slam over a Cardinal defender. Vashon’s high speed transition offense and interior play by Gage and Hoffman continued to put Pirate points on the board for a comfortable 35-15 halftime lead.  

Looking a half-step too slow coming out of the half, Vashon committed a several turnovers and a cheap foul or two in the early going.  Pirate coach, Andy Sears called time out to give his black-clad warriors a piece of his mind.  Properly refocused, Vashon came out of the break and managed to get the ball into John Gage for two consecutive slams.  This opened a 13-6 third quarter run.  Midway through the quarter, starters Gage and Thomas Timm-Skove were pulled to appreciative applause by the Pirate faithful.  Coach Sears used the remainder of the game to give some playoff experience to his bench.  

Pirate Points vs Seattle Academy: Gage 24, Wegner 9, Hoffman 6, Burnham 3, Holert 3, Jacobovitch 3, Timm-Skove 3, Pieterick 2, Stoffer 2, Weston 1, Bakker, Kerns.