Pirates turn up heat, earn win over Indians
Aaron Friesenhahn drives the baseline to score for a basket for the Pirates last week in Poth.
POTH -- Despite having a few more losses than wins this season, the Poth Pirates are not to be taken lightly. The team played a tough non-district schedule this year, and has seen the payoff in district play. The Pirates have a District 30-2A mark of 4-0, and stand atop the district.
The Pirates welcomed the Jourdanton Indians into Poth last Tuesday night, and then gave the visitors everything they had. The Indians played aggressive defense, and came up with a number of steals, but eventually fell to the home team, 50-29.
Jourdanton scored the first points of the game with a sweet 3-pointer that hit nothing but the bottom of the net, but Dillon Zaiontz responded with a Poth basket. The Indians dropped in a second 3-pointer to take an 8-2 lead, but Poth stormed back.
Aaron Friesenhahn and Oscar Ramon narrowed the gap with a pair of baskets down low, and then Jacob Caloss tied the game with a basket off the steal. Tony Cantu dropped in a jumper to give the Pirates their first lead of the game, and Spencer Flieller got involved to make it a 12-8 Poth advantage after one period of play.
The Indians began the second period as they did the first, dropping in a basket from beyond the 3-point arc. Jourdanton then retook the lead with another basket underneath, but that was it for the Indians.
Seth Dunn put the Pirates back on top with a 3-pointer that would have been good from NBA range, and the rest of the Pirates piled on. When the first half came to an end, it was Poth with a 6-point lead at 23-17.
Dunn drained another 3-pointer to start the second half, and then dropped in a short jumper to give the Pirates a 28-17 advantage. Friesenhahn, Zaiontz, and Zach Lyssy all got in on the scoring in the third, and Poth moved into the final eight minutes of play with a 37-25 lead.
Caloss drilled a 3-pointer to start the final period of play, but the scoring slowed from there. Defense was the name of the game in the final period, and each team came up with its fair share of steals. The game began to look more like “hot potato” than basketball at times, but the Pirates continued to play their game and hold Jourdanton at bay. Poth continued to win the battle of the boards, and eventually locked up a 50-29 victory.
Caloss led the team in scoring with 12 points, followed by Friesenhahn, Zaiontz, and Dunn with 8 points each.
The win boosted the Pirates to 8-12 on the year, and the team remains unbeaten at 4-0 in district play. The team was scheduled to travel to Three Rivers Jan. 13, and to Cotulla Jan. 17.