In an afternoon game at Chimacum High School, the Vashon Pirates blew by the Cowboys from the opening tip in an interleague game.
Due to disciplinary actions, Chimacum only suited seven players, and as early as the second quarter, they showed signs of serious fatigue, leading to the easy 79-20 Vashon win.
Tommy Delargy hit a long three-point shot on the first Vashon possession and followed that with an inbound steal and a quick basket for a 5-0 lead. Chimacum did not score for another five minutes, until VHS was leading 17-0. Colin Pottinger and Jacob Chavez each made long threes, and Ethan Danielsen blocked a shot down in the post and put up five points in the early minutes. The first quarter ended with the Pirates ahead 23-4.
The Chimacum Cowboy turnovers were their undoing, and the Pirates were a little distracted from their game by feeding on them. The Cowboy guards betrayed their passing intentions too readily, allowing Delargy and forward Mike Piatti to repeatedly steal them. This led to multiple fast break baskets.
When they were not in a fast break, and chose to set up their half-court offense, either Delargy or Sam Briggs tossed an entry pass into the high post; the other four players then initiated a shift in position, and an open player received a pass. The forwards Danielsen, Finbar Anderson, Colin Pottinger and Piatti all moved the ball around deftly, leading to many assists and lots of scoring on easy shots from 8 feet or less. This successful execution of Pirates offense was a pleasure to watch.
In the second quarter, VHS extended their lead by owning the boards and continuing to steal passes. The halftime score was 47-12.
In the second half, despite the starters playing infrequently, the scoring continued. Vashon shot 53 percent from the field for the game, led by Delargy with 17 points on 8-10 shooting. Other players scoring were the following: Chavez 15, Sol Dehnert 12, Danielsen 11, Anderson 7, Noah Edmonds 5, Jeremiah Bogaard 5, Pottinger 3, Briggs 2 and Piatti 2.
The junior varsity boys, in an earlier game, beat Chimacum JV 40-22.
The Vashon Pirates next game is Thursday, Dec. 7 at Tenino. The junior varsity game starts at 4 p.m. and the varsity at 6 p.m. The varsity girls will also have a 4 p.m. game in Tenino.
Saturday, the varsity boys play a 9 a.m. game against Archbishop Murphy at Highline Community College. The varsity girls play at 10:30 a.m.
— Daniel Briggs is the father of a varsity basketball player.