Englewood's boys basketball team provided their fans a lot to cheer about during the Jan. 17 home game as the Pirates improved their overall record to 5-6 and raised their Colorado 7 League record to …
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Englewood's boys basketball team provided their fans a lot to cheer about during the Jan. 17 home game as the Pirates improved their overall record to 5-6 and raised their Colorado 7 League record to 1-1 with a 60-45 win over Skyview.
“Tonight was vastly different than our Jan. 15 game against Riverdale Ridge. We lost that game 52-48. We won tonight because we played together as a team, which we didn't do that as well against Riverdale Ridge,” Pirates coach John Nonemacher said after the game. “We can do a lot when we play together. When we play as a team we create energy and aggressive play on both ends of the court. Coming off the break we lost to Riverdale Ridge. That game humbled us a bit and helped us rise to the challenge to play together to be the basketball team we can be. When we play together like we did tonight we are a very good team.”
The Jan. 17 contest was an important game for Pirates fans as it was the final home game of the remaining five regular-season contests. Englewood plays its next game at Weld Central Jan. 22 and at Conifer Jan. 24. The 2018-19 regular season ends on Feb. 8 with the Pirates on the road at Fort Lupton.
On Jan. 17 the Pirates went right to work against Skyview. Englewood pushed the pace on offense to score points by hitting the outside shots as well as diving inside and putting the ball into the hoop. Defensively, Englewood's aggressive style made it hard for the Wolverines to get into position for good shots.
Skyview led 14-9 at the end of the first quarter, but Englewood went to work on both ends of the court from that point on. On defense, the Pirates put constant pressure on the Wolverine players handling the ball. Offensively, Englewood mixed the attack by shooting from outside as well as driving to the hoop. They outscored the Wolverines 21-5 in the second quarter to take the lead for good and went on to win the game, 60-45.
Thomas O'Connor was the leading scorer for Englewood with 24 points. Teammate Raul Saucedo added nine points to his team's winning total score.
“Tonight was the first time we have beaten Skyview since I started playing basketball for the Pirates, so it was a good feeling since we won by a good margin,” O'Connor said after the game. “Tonight I got going early in the first half when I found a good shooting rhythm and was hitting my shots. When they saw I was on target, my teammates got the ball to me when I was set up to take a good shot. I am glad a lot of those shots were on target to score points to help us win.”
Pirate junior Mason Robinson plays guard. He and O'Connor are co-captains of the team this year. Robinson currently leads the team in assists with 27, in steals with 34 and in rebounds with 51.
“I am more of a defender and an assist guy than I am a scorer,” he said. “Tonight was a good night for our team with the win and it was a good night for me personally. In this game I was able to get the ball to my guys to help them set up to take shots and I also was able to put the ball in the bucket a few times. Those things feel good and feel even better when we win the game like we did tonight.”
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