With the weather conditions in question for the first round of the Northwest League playoffs, the Neah-Kah-Nie boys basketball team made the most of their opportunity to play by blasting the visiting Portland Christian Royals by a score of 68-51 Feb. 12.
The meeting between the two times marked the third of the season, with NKN winning the two previous matchups. Most recently on Jan. 18, the Pirates had to battle through a power outage due to stormy weather in the final minute of the game. But this time around, the Pirates practically shot the lights out very early on in the contest.
Senior Chase Dorsey opened up the Pirates onslaught of points with an opening three-pointer and he continued to slice up the Royal defense with ease, guiding NKN to a 23-11 lead after the first quarter.
The second quarter had a balanced scoring attack from the Pirates with the hot shooting of Destin Donaldson, tough drives down the lane by Josh Elinsky and the rebounding prowess of the Pieper brothers. NKN also had everything working defensivley as their zone defense allowed them to jump in the passing lanes and force a slew of turnovers by Portland Christian. The Pirates took a 41-23 lead into the half.
However, the Pirates came out of halftime looking a bit sluggish and allowed the Royals to gain a speck of hope as they outscored NKN 12-10 in the quarter. But the big lead the Pirates gained early on proved to be to much for Portland Christian to overcome and they cruised to the easy win in the fourth quarter.
The win advances the Pirates into the next round of the playoffs where they will play the winner of the City Christian and Gaston game next. With the winter weather in full effect, date and time for that game will be determined at a later date.