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The Pagosa Pirates boys’ basketball team is off to a rough start this season, losing their first game 46-25 to the Sanford Indians.
“Sanford was a tough opening game for us,” Coach Randy Sorenson admitted. “They are a good basketball team.”
By the end of the first quarter, the boys had only managed to score three points while allowing the Indians to make eight, and by halftime the gap had only gotten worse, with Sanford taking the lead, 21-7.
The coach’s halftime motivational speech apparently fell on deaf ears, because the boys returned from the locker room and still managed to score only three more points in the third quarter, while giving up 17 to their opponents.
The Pirates began to rally in the final quarter, scoring 15 points while holding the Indians to eight, but it was too little and too late to regain the lead.
“We have a lot to work on in all aspects of the game,” the coach explained, “especially offensively. We only had ten points after the third quarter and that is not going to win any basketball games. We have got to find ways to score.”
Keaton Smyth was the top scorer amongst the Pirates, managing eight points. Marcos Quezada had five, Briar Erskine had four, Ben Bard had three and Gavin Ross had two. Luke Devooght, Trey Spears and Tate Drane each got credit for one point.
As of press time, the coach had still not broken the stats down to indicate how many three-pointers or free throws each player made.
The Pirate performance on the other end of the court was a bit of a mixed bag.
“Our defense was pretty good at times,” Sorenson said, “and we were able to get some steals and cause some turnovers with our pressure defenses.”
Smyth got credit for four steals while Quezada, Ross and Devooght each got two.
On the other hand, the coach lamented, “We really struggled rebounding the basketball and we are going to have to be more physical.”
Smyth had seven total rebounds, five on defense and two on offense; Erskine and Devooght each had five total, and Bard had three.
“As I said before we are young and inexperienced,” the coach reiterated. “Our kids have had very little, if any varsity action, and we are just going to have to be patient.
“They are working hard and they will only get better and better. They will adjust to the speed of the game and to the physicality of varsity basketball. We have had a good week of practice so far.”
Looking forward, the boys will be in Buena Vista this weekend for the annual Varsity Invitational Tournament, where they will take on the Demons Friday night, then face the Peak to Peak Pumas at 12:30 p.m. Saturday afternoon and the Salida Spartans at 5:30.
“This weekend will be another tough test for us,” Sorenson predicted, “so we had better be prepared to play. We have three games in two days and it is never easy to have to play two games in one day.”