Englewood loses boys basketball home opener

Pirates played hard but were outscored by Jefferson


Fans of the Englewood and Jefferson boys basketball teams cheered as the Saints and Pirates played a fast-paced, see-saw game Dec. 5. But Jefferson's fourth-period scoring surge earned them a 57-46 win in the game played at Englewood High School.

“We are a very, very young team but our players have a lot of talent and athleticism so we have great potential,” Pirates coach John Nonemacher said. “We will play an up-tempo style on defense but be more deliberate on offense as we work to get open for good shots.”

Nonemacher said this is his first year as head coach so the players are getting used to him and his system as he is getting to know strengths and skills of his players.

“We lost our first two games but, watching the films, we see we are a young team playing at a high level and we are not all that far off from the point where we want to be, where we will win some games,” he said. “We are working to bring Englewood basketball back to where it used to be and this year was a good start as we had more guys turn out than we could keep. We had to make cuts. That was hard but we kept 31 so we will have full rosters for the varsity, junior varsity and c-team this season.”

Although the tempo of the Dec. 5 game was fast-paced from the opening tipoff there wasn't a lot of scoring early.

The Saints led 13-8 at the end of the first quarter and held the lead most of the second quarter. But late in the period, Englewood's aggressive defense resulted in turnovers the Pirates converted into points so they were ahead 25-23 at halftime. It was a one-point Jefferson lead, 35-34, going into the final quarter. That was when the Saints put on a scoring run and went on to win the game, 57-46.

Teegan Lucas was the leading scorer for the Pirates with 12 points while teammates Ti'Rick Ivory and Nate Gravagno each scored eight points.

Lucas said he felt the team played well, particularly early in the game.

“We had it going for a little while but we could have played better,” Lucas said after the game. “We could have played better when they made that scoring run late in the game by playing better defense and taking better shots.”

The sophomore said he has played football as well as soccer and basketball but plans to focus on just basketball and soccer.

“I like to play soccer but basketball is my favorite sport," he said. "I love the feeling the whole time I am out there on the court. I like it when I hit the outside shots but I score most of my points by driving to the basket."

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