The Verndale Pirates defeated the Sebeka Trojans 57-38 in the first round of the Section 5A West basketball tournament. The Trojans came out slow on offense in the first half and Verndale took at 27-15 halftime lead. The second half was more of the same and Sebeka never could cut the lead to under double digits.
Sebeka was led by Dawson Bullock with 18 points. Mason Heino scored 7 points. Christian Berg hit two three pointers for 6 points. David Avelsgard scored 4 points and Brody Connor scored 2.