The Galva-Holstein Pirates got behind early, but fought their way back to get a hard-earned conference win on the road over Remsen-Union on Jan. 16, 64-57.
Pirate coach Bob Lee said his team "made some mistakes early," but he was proud of how the team fought back to get the win.
Taylor Nees had another big game for the Pirates, collecting a double-double, with 30 points and 17 rebounds. Nees also had three steals and an awesome seven blocked shots. Mark Cronin provided his usual strong support, with 14 points, nine boards, two steals and two assists, and Jordan Else contributed seven points and five assists. Down by eight points heading into the 4th quarter, the Pirates committed no turnovers in the final period as they outscored the Rockets 23-8. Colin Sonnichsen and Ryan Schroeder tallied 16 points apiece to lead the R-U scoring.
On Saturday night, the Pirates returned home to host West Monona, and things were a bit easier in this game, as G-H rolled to a 91-43 victory over the Southern division Spartans.
Coach Lee said, "It was nice to have a game like this where we could get our guys some rest after playing the previous two nights in a row."
The Pirates connected on 66.7% of their field goal attempts as five Pirates scored in double figures, led by Nees' 18 points. Joining him in the balanced attack were Jordan Else, with 15 points, Patrick McAreavy with 14, and Mark Cronin and Kellen Jacobsen with 12 points apiece. Seth Johnson and Josh Mohr scored seven and five points, respectively, coming off the bench. Nees grabbed 10 boards and McAreavey seven to lead the team in that area of the game, and Jamie Conlon grabbed five in limited action.
Joe Blackwood scored 12 points to lead West Monona.
In a weather maje-up game last Thursday, the Pirates hammered Kingsley-Pierson 76-38 in Holstein.
McAreavy led G-H with 18 points, while Nees had 17, and Cronin 12. Nees also led in rebounding with 10 for another double-double performance. Jordan Else had a career high 14 assists in the game.
The Pirates sank 33-57 field goals for a warm 58 percent, and were 8-13 from the line.
"This was a nice game to bounce back with after the BCIG game (G-H's only loss)," said coach Lee. "We did a good job of getting our break going and getting easy buckets in transition."