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Pirates focusing on fundamentals

Staff Writer

With one-third of the season down and conference play around the corner, the Pagosa Springs High School boys’ basketball team holds a 2-4 record.

Entering into the new year, the young team (last year’s state championship squad graduated eight seniors) looks to continue to improve, capitalize on its work ethic, and have a few more wins in the book.

“They’re playing really hard … with a lot of effort,” coach Randy Sorensen said.

The team currently holds a 2-4 record on the season, with wins over Peak to Peak and Salida during the mid-December Buena Vista Tournament.

On the season, the Pirate team has scored a total of 247 points, averaging 41.2 points per game and allowed 285 points scored by opponents, averaging 47.5 points allowed per game.

Those points have come from 14 different players, with four players averaging more than five points per game — Keaton Smyth, Ben Bard, Luke DeVooght and Briar Erskine.

Smyth, a junior, leads the team with an average of 9.5 points per game with a total of 57 points.

Bard, also a junior, is averaging 6.3 points per game with points scored thus far on the season.

DeVooght, a junior, follows with 5.8 points per game and 35 points on the season.

Erskine, a sophomore, is averaging 5.5 points per game so far with 33 points scored.

The team is averaging 33.5 rebounds per game and 9.8 steals per game.

“I think they’re definitely improving since the start of the season,” Sorensen said, adding that the team is focusing on fundamentals.

Through focusing on fundamentals, Sorensen hopes to see improvement in decreasing turnovers, finding ways to score and defensive play especially against dribble drives.

Sorensen said he also wants to see the team be more aggressive moving forward.

“I think they’ll keep getting better and better as the year goes on,” he said.

The next test of the Pirates’ play will be tomorrow night, Jan. 3, during a home matchup with the 2A Del Norte Tigers in Pagosa Springs.

That game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., following the varsity girls’ game.

“I think we’ve had good practice during the break,” Sorensen said of the team’s preparation for the game.

Following Friday night’s game, the team will again face the Tigers in Del Norte on Jan. 11.

After a Jan. 16 home game against Sargent, the Pirates will delve in the conference-heavy portion of the schedule beginning with a game against Centauri, who owns a 5-2 record currently, on Jan. 18.

“We just need to get better fundamentally and I think good things will happen to us,” Sorensen said.

randi@pagosasun.com

This story was posted on January 2, 2014.