Pirates shooting for State with 10-0 record

Last week the Vashon boys basketball team, still undefeated, improved their winning record to 10-0, beating Bellevue Christian, 65-37, and dominating Chimicum, 67-28. On Tuesday after press deadline, The Pirates traveled to Eeatonville to take on the Eatonville Cruisers.

The game against Bellevue Christian started well for Vashon, with Ian Stewart knocking down a 3-pointer for the first score.

Vashon’s defense came to play on Bellevue Christian’s first possession, forcing a shot clock violation. Despite the dominating start, the first quarter was pretty even, ending with the Pirates up, 11-10.

In the second quarter, the Pirates woke up and started to pull away, but the Viking defense managed to keep both Sam Yates and Jessie Norton contained. Stewart’s defense was strong during the second quarter as the Pirate defense only allowed 5 points.

At the half the Pirates found themselves winning, 26-15.

The third quarter revealed more Pirate dominance as Yates took off scoring whenever the opportunity presented itself.

In the fourth quarter, Norton started to heat up, beating the defense with great consistency. At this point there was no hope for the Vikings.

With three minutes left, coach Andy Sears sent in the backups, and sophomore Sam Schoenberg hit a corner 3 to put the Pirates up by 30.

At the end of the game, the Pirates were in the win column once again.

Yates led the scoring in the game with 14 but was closely followed by Norton with 13.

On Friday night, the last-place Chimacum Cowboys came to The Rock to take on the undefeated Pirates on their home court.

The game couldn’t have started any better for the Pirates, who went on a 10-0 run in the first four minutes. At the end of the first quarter, Vashon was in the drivers seat, up 17-2.

Junior forward Darren May started it off in the second quarter with a putback basket to add to the Pirates’ commanding lead.

Chimicum was more successful scoring in the second quarter, but was still no match for Vashon.

Toward the end of the first half, Noah Chee threw up an impossible shot that somehow made it in the basket to capitalize a great personal half of basketball. At the half, the score read Pirates 30, Cowboys 10.

The second half revealed little to no change in gameplay as the Pirates coasted to victory, winning 67-28.

Chee led the Pirates’ scoring with 14.

Sears said he was impressed with the improvement of sophomores Noah Chee and Josh Tillman and credited a great week of practice for the team’s success.

“I thought our guys really respected the process of preparation and were ready to play,” he said.

Vashon will play a home game against Charles Wright at 7 p.m. Friday.

— Ezra Lacina is the sports editor of The Riptide.

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