Pirtates Pummel Port Townsend Redskins

Dec 5, 2009
by Mike Kerns
Alex Wegner shoots for 2 of his game-high 26 points.
The defending State champion Vashon boys basketball team traveled to Port Townsend on Saturday night to battle the Redskins. With a two hour bus ride to Port Townsend, the boys had much time to relax, sit back, and eat their home-packed lunches while gazing out the window at the frigid, sun-drenched afternoon. By the time the bus arrived in Redskin’s territory, the boys were prepared to prove that last year’s 1st place still reigned over Port Townsend’s 3rd place finish at state. Although the team got off to a slow start in the first quarter, they managed to pummel the Redskins 70-32.

Suspense by the Pirate fans was held through the first eight minutes of the game, as those adorned in green and gold were unaccustomed to such a close battle. To their relief, Alex Wegner put to rest any thoughts of an upset by scorching the Redskin’s defense with several strong drives and a couple of long three pointers. Alex supplied the team with 17 first half points on his way to a game high total of 26. “I could see that they were collapsing on John [Gage] down low, so I took advantage of that and knocked down my shots, said Alex.” Defensively, the Pirates employed their stifling three quarter court press and held the deliberate Redkins to only 18 points at half as the Pirates countered with 25 of their own.

The third quarter proved a sharp contrast to the start of the game as the Pirates made the Redskins walk the plank. Quinn Holert started the scoring with a long three-pointer and two slashing drives for points. From there the pirates ran off to a 45-25 lead, thanks in part to John Gage and Elias Weston, as they scored on successive trips down the floor.

The game ended with contributions from many of the pirate reserves. Dan Lofland made a nice three-pointer and Hamzah Griffin collected some key rebounds. “I thought we made some good adjustments at half,” said coach Sears, “that’s the type of team that makes you work for everything you get. I’m happy with our effort, but we have a long way to go to be the team we can be.”

Pirate points vs Port Townsend:
Alex Wegner 26, John Gage 12, Quinn Holert 10, Elias Weston 9, Corey Williamson 4, Matt Kerns 3, Hamzah Griffin 3, Dan Lofland 3