Pirates fall to Bayfield despite tough play

Taylor Chacon fires off a jumper during Monte Vista's loss to Bayfield on Friday night. Chacon led Monte Vista with 14 points and was perfect from the foul line going five for five (Courier photo by Stephen Jiron)

MONTE VISTA — Friday night the Pirates basketball team welcomed Bayfield for a clash in the Intermountain League. The girl’s game went down to the wire before Monte Vista was defeated 51-47. The boys game started with a back and forth but the Pirates could not keep pace in the second half falling 70-52.

The last meeting between Monte Vista (4-11-0) and Bayfield’s girls (5-11-0) was a similarly close game that the Wolverines took by a two-point margin. Friday night the Monte Vista girls started the game a little slowly and out of sync.

They would trail 12-5 in the first quarter with all five points attributed to junior Hannah Jones. Jones would hit four more points as the game went on to total nine. Late in the second quarter Mariah Barbosa would find senior Taylor Chacon down low for two in the paint giving the Pirates a 23-22 lead. Chacon would lead Monte Vista with 14 points hitting all five of her shots from the free throw line. Barbosa would add a three pointer on the Pirate’s next possession to put Monte Vista out further ahead.

Monte Vista would take a 31-26 lead into the midway point. The Pirates came out stagnant in the second half. Bayfield would take advantage of a 9-4 run to tie it all up at 35 apiece.
With Mariah Barbosa and Jones at 4 fouls each, coach Vicente Barbosa pulled both his starters. The Wolverines struck while Jones and Barbosa were on the bench, taking the lead back early in the fourth 39-38.

Later in the fourth when Barbosa collected her fifth foul, Coach Barbosa employed his powers of suggestion to plead his case with the officials to no avail. Instead Coach Barbosa earned a technical foul. Both of Bayfield’s shots would fail to drop. The Pirates would come away from the exchange one player light but no further behind.

After a flurry of ties and lead changes. Monte Vista would tie the game one final time off a foul shot from Jones to make it 47 apiece. Monte Vista would not score again as the game reached its 51-47 conclusion.

Monte Vista’s boys’ (4-12-0) last game against Bayfield (11-5-0) was one the Pirates would like to forget as the deficit cleared 30 points.  This time around the Pirates gave the Wolverines all they could handle in the first half, driven by a big half from David Mascarenas. Mascarenas collected 13 points in the first half and led the Pirates with 18 points.

Bayfield struggled to get things to drop in the first half with a dunk from Ryan Phelps even refusing to drain. The game would tie at 8 and 10 before the Wolverines took the game's first meaningful lead going ahead 18-10. The Pirates refused to go away and charged back in the second quarter tying things up at 23-all and took the lead going into the half 28-25.
Bayfield came alive in the second half and out scored the Pirates 23-14 in the third quarter. The Wolverines would drop another big quarter on the Pirates in the fourth to finalize a 70-52 victory. When it was all said and done the scoreboard and the official scorebook would not agree. The board showed Bayfield with 72 points while the book showed 70.  

Monte Vista goes back in action with games against Montezuma-Cortez tonight in Cortez starting with the boys at 4 p.m.