by Kelsey Sheffield
The Spurger Pirates traveled to Colmesneil on November 25 to take victory at the house of the Bulldogs.
The Pirates started with a big lead of 10-0, and ended the first quarter with a score of 10-6. Throughout the first quarter, points were generated mainly from the multiple steals on the defensive side of the ball.
Followed by a steal by Caleb LeBouef, Nathan Sheffield was able to get the Pirates started off with a layup. Not long after, key player on the offensive side, Chance Shook, made his first of many three pointers of the night. Sheffield grabbed another steal and layup and Shook knocked down another three before the Bulldogs were able to get any points on the board.
The second quarter was a more difficult one for the Pirates, but the strong three point shots by LeBouef and Shook, and Shook's driving ability kept the Pirates ahead with a nail-biting score of 23-21, at halftime.
LeBouef opened the second quarter with two three pointers and Shook wrapped it up with two threes, as well as making one of two free throws.
In the second half, the Pirates began to play their game again.
The Pirates out scored the Bulldogs, for the third quarter, by eighteen points.
Once again, LeBouef and Shook started the Pirates out on the right foot with two big three pointers. Sheffield followed them with a two point jump shot, then brought himself to the free throw line to make one of two shots, after an attempted drive through the defense. Simon put some points on the board with a nice shot from the block.
The Pirates began to take off and leave the Bulldogs. Clark snagged a steal to come away with a two point fast break. Following that play, he took a hard foul that brought him to the free throw line where he made one of two to get the score to 39-29. Sheffield came away with a lay up, and Clark came down and dropped a long range three point shot. Clark kept his own momentum and made a drive to the basket through the defense for another lay up. To finish the third, LeBouef made a drive to the basket, where he was intentionally fouled, and the Bulldogs received a technical foul. After knocking down both free throws, the Pirates finished the third with a score of48-28.
For the Pirates, the fourth quarter was the time to finish the Bulldogs and come away victorious, and they did just that. Shook, Sheffield, and Milstead all dropped three pointers. Shook, Sheffield and Clark also knocked down two point jumpers and had successful lay ups. Fisher and Shook came away with a few free throws.
On the defensive side, Clark managed multiple steals and Sheffield and Shook both had clean blocks against the Bulldogs. The Pirates had a huge victory of 66-40.
Shook led the team in scoring with twenty-four points, followed by Sheffield with fourteen points. LeBouef scored eleven points, and Clark came away with ten points. Milstead made a three, and Simon and Fisher both contributed two points.
Spurger Pirate basketball fans have multiple opportunities to support the Pirates and Lady Pirates. December 4-6 the varsity girls and varsity boys will be in the Evadale tournament and the JV will be playing in the Spurger JV tournament. December 9, the junior varsity boys and varsity boys will be playing versus Kennard in Spurger. The varsity girls and varsity boys will be in another tournament on December 11-13, in Zavala, and the junior varsity will be in a tournament in Woodville.
The Spurger Pirate Fishing teams will be fishing again December 6, at Humphrey Pavilion and the weigh in will be at 2 p.m. Prospects are welcomed to come and support.