The Sunnyside Christian High School junior varsity boys basketball team is enjoying a pretty good start to its season, having gone undefeated through eight games so far.
Under head coach Brian Bosma, the Knights' JV squad opened the season with a 57-36 whipping of Liberty Christian on Dec. 3. Joel Koopmans dropped in 12 points while teammate Jesse Brouwer finished with 11.
On Dec. 7, Sunnyside Christian's JV won a close game with Kittitas, 47-41. Koopmans and Brandon DeVries had 12 points apiece while Nick De Jong finished with 10.
Also on Dec. 7, the Knights fielded a C-squad to play Kittitas, winning 60-23. Andy Freepons and Andrew Swinehart finished with 18 points each while Marc De Jong added 10 points.
Sunnyside Christian's JV had little trouble fending off the JV squad of 2A Kiona-Benton on Dec. 11, winning 54-34. DeVries led the Knights with 16 points.
Bosma said after trailing 10-5 at the end of the first quarter, the Knights exploded against the Bears. Bosma said his team pounded the ball into DeVries, which the Bears had trouble defending.
On Dec. 14, Sunnyside Christian hosted Granger's JV in a close game, winning 49-43. Koopmans and DeVries finished with 14 and 11 points, respectively.
Bosma said Sunnyside Christian was down by one point going into the fourth quarter. Luke Meininger hit a key 3-point shot that sparked the Knights, said Bosma. He added that Koopmans hit a couple of free throws down the stretch to seal the win.
The Knights traveled to Yakima to play Riverside Christian's junior varsity on Dec 17, winning 44-38. DeVries and Koopmans had 8 points apiece.
"We really spread it (the scoring) out that game," said Bosma. "They gave us a good game."
Sunnyside Christian had little trouble disposing of Lyle at home on Dec. 18, winning 48-35. Andy Freepons had 10 points.
On Dec. 20, Sunnyside Christian defeated Shoreline Christian 43-28. Brouwer and Koopmans had 11 and 10 points, respectively. Koopmans scored 6 of his 10 points in the third quarter.
The JV Knights hosted Sunnyside High School's C-squad this past Tuesday and won handily, 54-34. Koopmans scored 19 points and DeVries added 11.
Koopmans had a dominating first quarter, scoring 10 points.
"I am very happy with the way they are playing," said Bosma. "Our underclassmen have been strong on the offensive end. The older guys tend to carry our defense."
Sunnyside Christian will host Mabton's JV on Monday, Jan. 3.