Pirates boys post hoops win

Englewood bests Arvada 68-57 to snap three-game losing streak

Englewood’s Colton Korinek (44) puts up a shot in the Pirates Dec. 17 win over Arvada. Kornick helped the Pirates with six points, six rebounds and one blocked shot as Englewood came out on top, 68-57. RIGHT: Englewood’s Tristan Sisneros (15) prepares to make a move toward the basket Dec. 17 against Arvada. Sisneros paced the team in scoring with 20 points.
Englewood's Tristan Sisneros (15) prepares to make a move toward the basket during the Dec. 17 basketball game against Arvada. Sisneros paced the team in scoring with 20 points as the Pirates won the game, 68-57.

Englewood’s boys basketball team drew cheers from the home fans as they played perhaps their best game of the young season Dec. 17, besting Arvada, 68-57, to snap a three-game losing streak.

“Tonight was an important win for us,” Pirates coach Dave Chapman said after the game. “We have been playing pretty good basketball at times but this is the first time we put together a complete game.

“In other games, we have played good defense and have kept the score close for a while. Then, we seem to hit a stretch where we can’t buy a basket. The result is we have won only one game before tonight.”

Englewood closed out the 2013 portion of the schedule on the road with an 88-72 loss Dec. 20 against Colorado Academy.

Before the Dec. 17 tip-off, the Englewood coach predicted a tough battle against Arvada and the game lived up to the coach’s prediction early as Arvada jumped out in front early. The Pirates battled back and took a 19-16 advantage into the second quarter.

The score was tied twice in the second quarter and the Pirates got some three-point plays late to take a 32-31 lead at halftime.

Arvada and Englewood were tied at 36 midway through the third period when the Pirates went a scoring run. The Pirates hit some open shots, including several three-pointers, to build a 48-37 lead at the end of the quarter. The Pirates maintained their advantage through the fourth as they matched Arvada point-for-point to win the game, 68-57.

Tristan Sisneros paced the attack with a season-high 20 points and teammate Gavin Phillips came off the bench to score 15 points. Sean Bowering pounded the boards and scored 13 points, while point guard Isiah Mestas chipped in 11 points for the Pirates.

Bowering led the team with seven rebounds, Colton Korinek had six, Sisneros had five and Phillips four. Mestas lead the team in steals with four and set the pace for the Pirates as he dished off eight assists.

The team made 10 three-point shots and converted 8-of-11 free throw attempts.

Sisneros said he had a good game against Arvada because shooting from three-point range and driving to the basket was working for him.

“I don’t have a specific spot to shoot the three-pointers. I just find a place where I am open and, if I have my elbow bent toward the basket, I know the shot will be in the basket,” he said.

He said he worked hard in the offseason to help develop his basketball skills, particularly his defensive play.

“I worked on scoring by shooting a lot of baskets,” the junior said. “To improve defensively, I went one-on-one with guys a lot and it helped me get quicker and better at anticipating the other guy’s next move so I can be there to cut him off.”

Phillips also said he had a good game against Arvada.

“Things were just going well. I got some open looks at the basket and I got the opening to take it to the basket and score points for us,” he said. “Defensively, I stepped up my game tonight.”

Phillips said he is working to improve his offensive contributions by improving his outside shooting but added he is best on the court when he is playing defense.

“I am a good defender because of my quickness,” he said. “I am quick enough to make moves to keep a guy on the other team from getting an open path to the basket. Sometimes I am quick enough to knock the ball away.”

His statistics against Arvada are his best performance of the season. He scored 15 points, pulled down four rebounds, made two steals, deflected three passes and made one assist.

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