On the threshold of a winning season, the Pirate boys’ varsity basketball team brought home another victory Tuesday night after handing the Del Norte Tigers a sound thumping in an impressive road game.
“In the second and third quarters, we played as well as we have all season, running the floor and getting transitions,” said coach Jim Shaffer.
Despite being down 2 points at the end of the first quarter, 12-14, the Pirates shook off the dust from their trek across the pass and took no prisoners, outscoring the Tigers 25-2 in the period and leaving the half with a bold 37-16 lead.
Marauders throughout the second half, the Pirates sliced the Tigers to bits again during the third quarter, outscoring Del Norte 22-10 and widening their lead to 59-26 going into the final period.
With nothing but air to breathe and a 30-plus point lead in their favor, the Pirates gave floor time to all their players. Outscored 16-19 in the fourth quarter with mostly B and C-team players on the court, the Pirates still had no problem holding onto a resounding 75-45 victory.
The coach praised the performance by junior Dakota Ross who scored 24 points — a career high. “He just did a great job finishing inside,” Shaffer said.
The boys had impressive 57 percent from the field and an outstanding 71 percent success from the free-throw line.
Senior pointman John Jewell scored 11 points, followed by freshman Tyson Ross with 10 points and 8 points by junior Taylor Shaffer. Coach Shaffer pointed to performances by junior Jordan Caler who had 11 assists and Taylor Shaffer’s eight assists.
“All our guys did a great job getting the ball,” said the coach.
The boys are back on the road tomorrow for a league match against the Bayfield Wolverines, then returning to play at home on Tuesday, hosting the 10-1 Salida Spartans, a top-ten ranked 3A powerhouse.
Looking forward, Shaffer said, “The big one will be Bayfield because it’s a league game. If we win that one, it puts us in the driver’s seat, we’ll be 3-0 (in the league).”
Asked about Salida, Shaffer said, “They’re going to be tough. We’ve lost to them once already, and their only loss is to Peyton, who is in the top three. But we’re not going to worry about them until after we play Bayfield.”