On Thursday, they took that first step towards achieving that goal.
Six players scored in double figures for the host Pirates as they engineered a strong second half to defeat visiting South Tahoe, 80-59 in the first round of the sixth annual Pirate Shootout Tournament. Michael Loughry provided a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Khalil Dave added 16 points, 7 assists and 4 steals. James Fish had 12 points and seven rebounds, while Quincy Thomas, Zach Foster and Omar Monroe-Johnson all scored 10 points.
The Pirates (8-4 overall) led from wire-to-wire and led 38-27 at halftime.
Meanwhile, Mary Star and Port Of Los Angeles both lost their Pirate Shootout openers.
Elijah Davis scored 18 points and Neil Green added 16 for Mary Star (3-4) in their 55-46 loss to Rancho Dominguez Prep of Long Beach. Justin Rodriguez added 12 rebounds and four blocks. POLA lost 67-38 to South Torrance in their opener. Both games were played at the San Pedro High John M. & Muriel Olguin Campus. The Polar Bears (0-7) were paced by Josh Rodriguez's 12 points, and Dorian Garcia added nine.
San Pedro will host Long Beach Cabrillo today at 7 pm in a championship bracket quarterfinal. Mary Star faces Hawkins of Los Angeles, and POLA takes on Middle College in a pair of consolation quarterfinals.