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While Friday’s basketball game against Alamosa and Tuesday’s game against Sanford were both rescheduled because of this weekend’s snowstorm and poor conditions on Wolf Creek Pass, the Pirates did make it to Monte Vista on Saturday to play their Pirates … unfortunately.
“We did not play very well against Monte Vista,” coach Randy Sorenson admitted. “We played timid and we turned the ball over way too much.”
The Pirates were outscored by Monte Vista during the first three quarters (11-7, 11-9 and 13-10), and while they started to bounce back in the last quarter, 17-14, it turned out to be too little and too late, with the final score being 49-43 in favor of Monte.
“Monte Vista’s big kid kind of dominated the game,” Sorenson explained. “We did not attack him when we were on offense and we did not box him out defensively and he got a lot of easy put backs.”
Trey Spears, Luke DeVooght and Bryce Jacquez each made two baskets from outside the three-point circle.
Spears scored a total of 14 points, DeVooght made 10, Briar Erskine made seven and Jacquez had six. Gavin Ross, James Berndt and James Pongsalee each scored two points.
On defense, Erskine pulled down five rebounds, while Ben Bard, Keaton Smyth, Tate Drane, Spears and DeVooght each grabbed two. DeVooght stole the ball three times and blocked three shots, while Ross and Smyth got credit for one steal each and Spears blocked one shot.
“We also fouled too much,” the coach confessed, “and put them at the free throw line a lot. We only shot two free throws the whole game and that goes back to us playing timid and turning the ball over.”
Erskine was the only Pagosa Pirate to get a shot from the free-throw line, making one out of two, while the Monte Vista Pirates had a 58-percent success rate for free throws, scoring 11 times out of 19 tries.
Pagosa turned the ball over 15 times while Monte only had five turnovers.
“We have a lot to improve on,” Sorenson concluded, “but we will keep working hard to correct our errors.”
This Saturday the Pirates travel to Centauri to take on the Falcons, who are ranked 11th in the state 3A division with an overall record of 11-4 and a 3-1 league record.
The Pirates are ranked 39th and have an overall record of 4-9 and a league record of 0-3.
The Alamosa game was rescheduled for Feb. 10 and the Sanford game was rescheduled for Feb. 18.