Bobcats too much for Pirate boys

Looking ahead to tomorrow night’s conference game against the Bayfield Wolverines following his team’s 59-42 loss to the Ignacio Bobcats Tuesday, PSHS Pirates boys’ varsity basketball coach Jim Shaffer said, “We’ve got some things to work out this week.”

Judging from the Pirates’ Tuesday night performance, it will be a long row to hoe. “We did not do a very good job of containing the dribble, didn’t have any help. There was no opportunity to take charges,” said Shaffer.

Indeed, with a 2A Ignacio team that had a size advantage that would make a 4A team proud, and a probable candidate for the 2A state championship (with a 16-1 record — their only loss by a single point), the Pirates found it almost impossible to get into the game.

“Offensively — we were just so poor defensively, we just couldn’t get anything done,” Shaffer said, adding, “Ignacio had the advantage. They have quick guards, size, they shoot well, they’re just an excellent team.”

Outpaced 10-15 in the first quarter, Pagosa seemed unable to connect from within the perimeter and took too many shots from outside. With a dismal 30-percent from the field, the Pirates were dominated at the boards at both end of the court by the towering Bobcats. With 17 offensive rebounds given up by Pagosa, there was ample evidence the Pirates could not overcome the Bobcat’s height advantage.

Pagosa continued to flounder in the second quarter, outscored 3-17 in the period and down 32-23 at the end of the half.

The second half was no better for the Pirates, getting outscored 9-18 in the third quarter and barely grabbing an edge in the final period with a futile 10-9 effort. Following the 59-42 trouncing at the hands of the Bobcats, the Pirates left the court with nothing but aspirations for their two home games this weekend.

Junior Taylor Shaffer stood out for the Pirates with 17 points and four assists. Junior Jordan Caler followed with 7 points with freshman Tyson Ross rounding out the top scorers with 5 points.

The Bayfield Wolverines will visit the PSHS gym tomorrow night at 7 p.m. for the Pirates’ final conference match. Hoping to hold onto a perfect league record (5-0) against a 2-3 team, Shaffer views the game with cautious optimism, saying, “They’re (Bayfield) playing a lot better. They played Ignacio to a twelve-point loss and won their last two conference games.”

Should the Pirates beat Bayfield, they’ll take a 6-0 record to the conference tournament next Friday, Feb. 27, in Monte Vista.

The Pirates play their season finale Saturday, hosting the Farmington, N.M. Scorpions at 7 p.m. in the PSHS gym. Having lost in Farmington Feb. 5 by 8 points, the Pirates hope that back-to-back victories this weekend will boost their overall record to 11-8.

jim@pagosasun.com