Pirates are victorious at Wolf Creek Classic

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SUN photo/ Casey Crow Briar Erskine goes up for a shot while fighting off the Buena Vista Demons. The Pirates won against both the Gunnison Cowboys and the Demons at last weekend’s Wolf Creek Classic. Erskine led the team in both games, scoring 23 points against Gunnison and 25 against Buena Vista.
SUN photo/ Casey Crow
Briar Erskine goes up for a shot while fighting off the Buena Vista Demons. The Pirates won against both the Gunnison Cowboys and the Demons at last weekend’s Wolf Creek Classic. Erskine led the team in both games, scoring 23 points against Gunnison and 25 against Buena Vista.

Last weekend marked the annual Wolf Creek Classic basketball tournament held on the Pirates’ home court in Pagosa Springs.

The Pagosa Springs High School boys basketball team faced off against the Gunnison Cowboys and Buena Vista Demons, winning both games.

On Friday, Dec. 4, the Pagosa Pirates played a challenging game against the Gunnison Cowboys, ultimately winning by 18 points.

“The Gunnison game was a little rough but we managed to adjust. We were a little out of sync offensively and we need to score more than forty eight points in a game. That should get better as the season progresses,” coach Randy Sorensen wrote in a statement to The SUN.

According to the coach, the team struggled defensively in the first and fourth quarters of the game.

The first quarter of the game ended in a tie, 13-13. In the second quarter, the Pirates managed to outscore the Cowboys by 11, ending with a score of 26-15.

According to Sorensen, putting up a consistent defense is one area where the team can improve.

“We need to work on playing quality defense the entire game and becoming more consistent defensively. We cannot afford to take possessions off when on defense,” he stated.

In the game against Gunnison, Briar Erskine led the team with 23 points, this includes the only three-pointer of the game. He also notched eight rebounds and three steals.

Isaiah Griego scored seven points and Mike Kuhl added six during the game.

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