The Pagosa Springs Pirates suffered two losses over the weekend as the boys fell 56-33 to the Ignacio Bobcats on Friday and then 50-26 to the Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds on Saturday.
The Pirates went to Ignacio with an even record of two wins and two losses and a 24th place ranking in the state 3A division, whereas the Bobcats were ranked second in the state 2A division and had a record of six wins and no losses.
The Pirates quickly lost control of the game, allowing the Bobcats to double their score in the first quarter, 12-6. The matter didn’t improve much in the second quarter, and by halftime the Pirates were behind 28-16.
The third quarter saw a lull in scoring, with the Pirates only gaining five more while allowing the Bobcats nine, and then, in the final quarter, the Pirates scored 12 and the Bobcats made 19.
None of the boys managed to score in the double digits, with Briar Erskine’s eight points leading the offensive effort. Luke Devooght made six points, Keaton Smyth made five, and James Pongsalee and Ben Bard had four each. Tate Drane, Trey Spears and Bryce Jacquez each scored two points.
Erskine also led the Pirates on the other side of the ball, earning nine rebounds and one steal, while Smyth had eight rebounds and two steals. Bard and Devooght had five rebounds each and Devooght had two steals. L. J. Smith had four rebounds, one steal and one blocked shot, while Pongsalee had two rebounds and James Berndt, Jacquez and Drane each had one rebound.
The next day, the Pirates hosted the Sangre de Cristo Thunderbirds, and if they hoped to gain any sort of home court advantage, they were soon disappointed. The Thunderbirds went into the game ranked 21st in the state 2A division with a record of three wins and three losses.
Saturday’s game started out slow, with the first quarter ending in a 3-3 tie, but then the Thunderbirds took off, scoring 16 more points in the second quarter, while the Pirates only put together nine.
After the half, the Pirates attempted to rally, but had only outscored the Thunderbirds by one at the end of the third quarter, earning 10 and giving up nine. In the final quarter, the Pirates gave up 22 points and earned only four.
Erskine led the scoring with nine points, including three out of three from the free-throw line, while Spears scored six, and Smyth scored five with three out of seven free throws. Devooght went two for two from the free-throw line and made one more two-pointer, while Ben Bard made one basket.
Devooght was the leader of the defense with 11 rebounds, two blocked shots and one steal. Erskine had six rebounds, three steals and four blocked shots, while Smyth had five rebounds and two steals. Drane had three rebounds, one block and three steals, while Bard had three rebounds, Spears had two and Jacquez had one.
The boys will get a break for the holidays and then will be back at it with a home game against the Del Norte Tigers on Jan. 3 at 4 p.m. The Tigers have won one game so far this season and will face the Pirates after a four-game losing streak.