Pirates sail past Bayfield into tournament final

Wolverines hang with Pagosa early, but Lucero, turnovers build a gap

The Wolverines held onto a lead for about 3 seconds.

Dylan Hoselton scored the Bayfield High School boys basketball team’s first points to go up 2-0 over the Pagosa Springs Pirates, but it was the only lead the Wolverines would get.

The Pirates, ranked No. 2 in the state by MaxPreps.com, answered with a quick layup, then built a steady lead to beat the Wolverines 61-45 in the semifinals of the Intermountain League Tournament on Friday night in Alamosa.

Bayfield tied the game at 7-all early in the first quarter, but in what would become a trend Friday, Kain Lucero hit a 3-pointer, giving the Pirates the lead for the final time.

Lucero led all scorers with 17 points Friday, mixing in 3s with layup chances created by Bayfield’s 21 total turnovers.

Garek Erskine added 14 more for the Pirates, who had just 13 turnovers on the night.

The Wolverines hung in for a quarter, finishing the first eight minutes down by three at 12-9.

The Pirates finished a 15-0 run in the second quarter, however, to go up by as many as 16 in that frame.

Joey Webb’s 3-pointer cut the lead back to nine at 27-18, but that’s as close as BHS would get.

Webb and Tyler Kerr finished with 10 points to lead the Wolverines. Preston Hardy added seven.

After its third loss to the Pirates this season, Bayfield (3-18, 1-9 IML) will play the Centauri Falcons at 4:15 p.m. today in Alamosa for third place in the conference tournament.

Host school Alamosa beat Centauri 56-55 in the other semifinal to reach the tournament final on its home court. After the third-place game, Alamosa will host Pagosa Springs for the title.

The BHS girls will play host Alamosa at 2:30 p.m. today in the girls tournament’s third-place game. Centauri and Pagosa Springs will play at 6 p.m. for the IML Tournament championship.