This week brought more bad news for local boys’ basketball fans as the Pagosa Springs Pirates added two more games to their loss column, getting foiled by the Centauri Falcons and marooned by the Alamosa Mean Moose.
“The kids are continuing to play hard,” coach Randy Sorenson said, “and at times they do some really good things. We are just very inconsistent and we have too many physical and mental breakdowns during games.”
During Saturday’s away game against the Falcons, the Pirates fell behind early and remained that way throughout all four quarters (14-9, 14-7, 14-10 and 17-11) for a final score of 59-37.
“We continue to turn the ball over too much,” Sorenson admitted, “and we struggle rebounding the basketball.”
As a team, the Pirates had 18 turnovers but only 23 rebounds. Briar Erskine led the defense with seven rebounds and two steals, while Luke DeVooght had six rebounds and Jeremiah Miller had three.
James Berndt, Trey Spears and Craig Tamburelli each had two, while Ben Bard pulled down one. In addition, Berndt grabbed three steals, while Gavin Ross, Tate Drane and Miller each got credit for one steal.
On the other end of the court, Berndt led the scoring with 13 points, including two from outside the three-point circle. Erskine put up eight, Spears got five, and L.J. Smith made four. DeVooght also made four and Drane put in a three-pointer.
From the free-throw line, Erskine and Smith both made two out of two while Berndt and Spears scored one out of two.
“We break down defensively,” the coach concluded. “That really hurts us.”
The Pirates also lost all four quarters in Monday’s game against the Mean Moose (11-6, 18-17, 9-6 and 19-15), for a final score of 57-44.
“We just need to keep trying to become more fundamentally sound,” Sorenson said, “and to try and improve every day.”
The Pirates only committed 14 turnovers Monday, but also only managed to pull down 18 rebounds. Erskine had the most with six, while Bard had four and Spears had three. DeVooght and Smith each got two and Drane managed one.
Erskine blocked three shots and DeVooght blocked two, while Ross, Bryce Jacquez, Berndt, DeVooght and Drane all got credit for one steal.
On offense, Erskine scored 17 points, including nine out of 10 from the free-throw line, and DeVooght made 12, including four out of four free throws.
Spears made one three-pointer and two out of two from the stripe, while Smith made four points. Berndt, Tamburelli and Drane each made two.
“Hopefully we can fix some of these problems and continue to compete,” the coach concluded, “and find a way to win basketball games. The kids work hard and they have good attitudes, so it would be nice if they could have some success soon.”
The Pirates have two road games this weekend — against the Bayfield Wolverines tomorrow night and a rematch against the Mean Moose on Saturday.
The season ends next week with two home games. The first will be against the Sanford Indians on Tuesday (rescheduled from last week due to bad roads over Wolf Creek Pass) and the last will be against the Monte Vista Pirates on Thursday.