Pirates take Falcons on the road, 57-39

Pagosa Springs Pirate boys’ varsity basketball remains unbeaten in the Intermountain League after a decisive win over the Centauri Falcons in La Jara Saturday.

With the win, the Pirates edge closer to the 50-percent mark overall, 4-5 for the season. Adding in the win against Monte Vista on Jan. 16, the Pirates are 2-0 in conference play.

“This league is pretty competitive,” said coach Jim Shaffer. “Our guys played really well but you have to scratch and claw the whole way to win.”

Despite finishing the first period behind 13-14, the Pirates came back strong in the second quarter, outscoring the Falcons 15-8, finishing the first half 28-22 over Centauri.

“We played some good defense,” Shaffer said, adding, “Centauri did some things to take Taylor (Shaffer) away. It’s a sign of a good basketball team when they can take away a player and the rest of the guys step up and take over.”

Stepping up in a big way, Pagosa was a powerhouse in the third period, dominating boards on both sides of the court, impressively preventing the Falcons from scoring from the floor and only allowing a lone Centauri point from the free-throw line. Outscoring the Falcons 16-1 for the quarter, the Pirates went into the final period of the game with a comfortable 44-23 lead.

Having the luxury of a 21-point lead, the Pirates allowed themselves space to wind down before their long ride home. Outscored 13-16 by their opponents in the last quarter, Pagosa had no problem holding onto their lead and took home a spectacular 57-39 victory over Centauri.

The Pirates shot a respectable 50 percent from the floor and 52 percent from the free-throw line. Senior 6-foot-7 pointman John Jewell led the Pirates with 16 points, followed closely with 15 points by senior Sackett Ross. Freshmen Tyson Ross and Curt Lewis rounded out top scorers with 11 points and 5 points, respectively.

“Jewell and (Sackett) Ross had their best games of the season,” Shaffer said, commenting on his top two scorers for the game.

The Pirates take to the road again tomorrow with an away game against the Bayfield Wolverines for an inter-league match, then return home Tuesday, Feb. 3, to the PSHS gymnasium, hosting the 10th-ranked 3A Salida Spartans — 7 p.m. is the start time for both games.

jim@pagosasun.com