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Pirate hoopsters see success
The Pirate boys basketball team played three games last week and came away with two wins.
On Tuesday, Dec. 6, the Pirates played at Evergreen Christian and came away with a close victory, 49-46.
The boys played tough defense in the low-scoring first quarter, then Dan Lofland got it going with a couple strong drives for lay-ups. Jessie Norton hit a three pointer at the buzzer and Vashon led at the half, 27-19.
The Pirates then widened their lead by 15 points in the third quarter, but Evergreen went on an eight-point run, capitalizing on turnovers and Pirate mistakes and coming to within three points of the Pirates.
With possession of the ball and seconds left, Evergreen was unable to score before the final buzzer sounded. Lofland led scoring with 15, Norton scored 11 and Owen Brenno led rebounding with 11.
In a home game against Seattle Christian on Friday the Pirates lost 51-43.
Seattle Christian went ahead by eight in the first quarter and never gave up their lead. The Pirates played some good defense, but had trouble stopping Seattle Christian’s hot shooters, who answered back with points every time Vashon scored or turned the ball over.
At halftime the Pirates came within five points and continued to stay in the game. Four Vashon players — Lofland, Norton, Dylan Busurto and Ben Whitaker — all scored three-point shots in the game.
With 2:37 left to play, the Pirates were down by three points and were unable to overcome Seattle Christian’s offense in the final seconds.
On Saturday the team traveled to Crosspoint Aca-demy in Bremerton and left with a 68-21 victory.
Outgunned and stifled by the Pirate defense, Crosspoint was held virtually scoreless in the first quarter. The Pirate defense pressed and harassed Cross-point and capitalized on turnovers to open a big lead. With the large lead, the Pirates were able to get some solid minutes from the bench and never gave up their lead.
The Pirates played at Auburn Adventist Academy on Monday after press deadline. They will play a home game against Life Christian a 7 p.m. Friday.
— Brian Brenno is the father of a Pirate basketball player.