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Victor Pirates Look to Best Last Years Class C Playoff Run

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Last season, the Pirates of Victor met their high expectations by making history, winning the schools first divisional title, and had bittersweet end to their season, going 1-2 at the class C State Tourney.

"We were real happy, winning the first divisional title.  Obviously we left some unfinished business at state. We just had some players go through a rough week," says head coach Drew Lewis.

Even with their state birth and successful season last year, the team realizes not nearly as much is expected of them from those outside the program.

"Last year, we were expected to go far.  (This year) No one really thinks we can, except for us. We expect to get a district championship and make it back to state at least," says Victor senior guard Nate Bishop.

But for head coach Drew Lewis, he's already seen the success from last years squad energize the students.

"The first thing you notice as a coach is we had 22 kids come out this year. Last year we had 14. So huge numbers, a lot more interest, kids working out more in the summer time," says Lewis.

And in order to have success this season, the team says it all comes down to hard work on the defensive end.

"There's not one day that we don't play defense. We go from defensive slides to every defensive drill in the book," says Victor senior guard Brady Tuttle.

"Offense is going to show up sometimes, and sometimes it's not. You'll have bad nights and good nights, where in defense, as long as you give all you have, and communicate as a team, you can be good at it," says Lewis.

The players on the team will also be quick to tell you, just how much they like to get out and run.

"We're small, but we're really quick. We're quick, and can play defense, we can get down the court on fast break, that's one thing I really like about this team," says Tuttle.

"We have a lot of scorers that can start this year. There are a lot of us that can score into double digits, and a lot of people who come off the bench and will score it a lot," says Bishop.

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