Pirate boys defeat Battle Mountain, host Classic

The Pirate boys’ basketball team won one of two games in the Buena Vista Basketball Tournament last weekend, finishing in third place in the annual tourney standings.

Pagosa started well on Friday, taking an 11-7 lead over the Class 4A Alamosa Mean Moose in the first quarter. Sackett Ross led the way for the Pirates in that quarter, hitting three outside shots.

But, the Alamosa boys went on to outscore the Pirates in the first quarter, outplayed the Pirates 18-4 in the second period then cruised to the 50-29 win. In the championship game the next day, Alamosa defeated Buena Vista for the title.

“Alamosa is a very good team,” said Pirate Coach Jim Shaffer. “They are very quick. They forced us to make 26 turnovers and it was especially bad for us in the third and fourth quarters.”

Sackett Ross finished with 11 points in the Alamosa game, including two of three free throws. No other Pirate was in double figures. Ross not only had the most points for the Pirates, he led in rebounds, with six. Taylor Shaffer was next with five boards. Shaffer also had four assists and was three of four from the charity stripe.

Overall, the Pirates were 10 of 17 at the free throw line and 15 of 52 from the field.

Saturday’s game for third place, pitting the Pirates against 4A Battle Mountain was altogether different. The Pirates led 17-12 after the first quarter, 25-21 at the half, 36-25 after three quarters and 51-34 at the end of the game.

In the win over Battle Mountain, Shaffer led the Pagosa scoring with 15 points. This included 11 of 13 from the free throw line.

The Pirates were 13 of 39 (33 percent) from the field, and 18 of 25 from the line.

Other scorers for the Pirates were Tyson Ross, 9; Curt Lewis, 5; Jordan Caler, 5; Zach Lucero, 5; Sackett Ross, 4; Dakota Ross, 3; John Jewell, 3; and Don Ames, 2.

Dakota Ross paced the Pirate rebounding effort with eight, followed by Shaffer with six. Shaffer led the team with eight assists and one steal.

While the Pirates won the game with Battle Mountain, they did have 20 turnovers, following the 26 against. Alamosa. “That is absolutely too many turnovers,” Coach Shaffer said. “We have to get better on offense in the Wolf Creek Classic. But, we are holding opponents down on defense.”

The season-opening action at Buena Vista warmed the Pirates up prior to the Wolf Creek Classic, which they host this weekend in the Pagosa Springs High School gym.

At 8 p.m., Friday the Pirates face 3A Gunnison in the opening round of the Classic. Other teams at the Classic this year include 4A Cortez and 3A Buena Vista. These teams play each other at 5 p.m. Friday.

The boys’ third place game is at 4 p.m. Saturday, the championship game at 7.

SUN photo/Pat Artis
Tyson Ross works against a tough Alamosa defense during a game at last week’s Buena Vista Tournament. Pagosa lost to Alamosa, but returned the next day to defeat Battle Mountain and take third place. The Pirates host the Wolf Creek Classic Friday and Saturday, with the home team meeting Gunnison Friday at 8 p.m.