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Boys face Monte Vista tonight for final game of regular season

Staff Writer

SUN photo/Mike Pierce Luke DeVooght (3) charges past the defense during the Pirates’ Tuesday night game against the Sanford Indians in front of the hometown crowd. Despite the best efforts of DeVooght and his teammates, the Pirates scored less than half as many points as they gave up, for a final score of 75-32.

SUN photo/Mike Pierce
Luke DeVooght (3) charges past the defense during the Pirates’ Tuesday night game against the Sanford Indians in front of the hometown crowd. Despite the best efforts of DeVooght and his teammates, the Pirates scored less than half as many points as they gave up, for a final score of 75-32.

The Pagosa Springs Pirates boys’ basketball team suffered three more losses over the week — to Bayfield, Alamosa and Sanford — which means they will go into their final game of the season against Monte Vista on a 10-game losing streak.

With a 0-6 record in the Intermountain League and a 4-12 record overall so far this season, the Pirates are ranked 45th in the state’s 3A division. The Bayfield Wolverines are 20th, the Alamosa Mean Moose 15th, the Monte Vista Pirates 12th and the Centauri Falcons 11th. The Holy Family Tigers from Broomfield are ranked No. 1 in the 3A division.

The Wolverines

The Pirates traveled to Bayfield last Friday night to take on the Wolverines, who are 10-8 on the season (4-3 in league action) and have not lost a home game so far this year.

The Pirates struggled in the first quarter, falling behind 17-9 before evening things out in the second quarter, 12-12.

That was the closest the Pirates ever came, giving up 23 in the third quarter and 24 in the fourth, while only scoring five and eleven, respectively. The final score was 76-37.

Briar Erskine led the Pirate offense with 14 points, including going six out of seven, or 86 percent, from the free-throw line.

Luke DeVooght added seven points, Gavin Ross five, Ben Bard four and James Berndt made one 3-pointer. Trey Spears and L. J. Smith contributed two points each.

On the other end of the court, DeVooght led the defense with eight rebounds, while Erskine and Bard each got credit for three. Bryce Jacquez and Berndt pulled down two each, while Spears, Marcos Quezada, Tate Drane and Jeremiah Miller each got credit for one.

Ross and Spears each stole the ball twice and Smith did it once, while Erskine blocked four shots and Ross blocked one.

As a team, the Pirates turned the ball over 25 times, while the Wolverines only committed six turnovers.

The Mean Moose

On Saturday night, the Pirates were in Alamosa, where the end score (44-34) was a lot closer, but the Mean Moose still outscored them through all but the third quarter (13-7, 8-6, 8-8 and 15-13).

Alamosa now has an overall record of 10-8 and a league record of 4-3.

This time, DeVooght led the offense with 13 points, including one from outside the 3-point circle and two out of two from the charity stripe.

There was also a 3-pointer included in Berndt’s nine-point total, while Erskine and James Pongsalee each scored four points and Smith and Ross earned two each.

On defense, DeVooght and Erskine both pulled down nine rebounds, while Pongsalee got two. Quezada, Bard, Ross, Berndt, Spears and Drane each managed to get credit for one rebound. In addition, Berndt and DeVooght stole the ball twice and Bard did it once. Erskine had one steal and one blocked shot.

As a team, the Pirates turned the ball over 22 times, while the Mean Moose only did it 16 times.

The Indians

The Pirates welcomed Sanford to the Pagosa Springs High School gym Tuesday night and then proceeded to let that game run away from them, as well, which isn’t that big of a surprise since the Indians have an overall record of 17-1 and a league record of 9-0.

They are ranked fifth in the state’s 2A division.

By the end of the first quarter, the Pirates had only managed to put two points on the board while letting the Indians have 15. By halftime the gap had widened even further, to 30-11. The Pirates doubled their score in the third quarter, but couldn’t stop the Indians from scoring 25 more points, and in the last quarter the Indians scored twice as much as the Pirates (20-10), making the final score 75-32.

As of yesterday’s deadline, coach Randy Sorenson had not posted any other stats for the Sanford game. He also failed to provide any comments for any of the three losses his team suffered this week.

Up next

The final game of the regular season for the Pirates will be against the Monte Vista Pirates today here in Pagosa following the varsity girls. Monte Vista has an overall record of 12-6 and a league record of 4-3.

ed.fincher@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on February 20, 2014.