The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team probably left last night's game against the touring Australian Bulleen Boomers wishing the game had been canceled.
Last night's game wasn't a shining example of what the Knights are capable of doing, as the Australian team dominated the home squad, clobbering the Knights 79-65.
"Turnovers just killed us," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar.
The Knights had 24 turnovers on the evening, compared to 12 by the Boomers.
"We gave them so many easy baskets because we threw the ball away," said Wagenaar.
Wagenaar said his Knights were responsible for the turnovers with their lackluster effort in passing the ball to one another. The Knights coach also said he wasn't pleased with the energy his players showed on the floor. Wagenaar said he wasn't sure if it was having a day off from school or missing a practice that was responsible for the effort shown last night.
Turnovers set the tempo of the game early, as the Australian squad converted some takeaways into easy baskets on the other side. The Boomers finished the opening period by outscoring the Knights 18-12.
The Knights, though, expended a lot of energy in the second quarter, climbing back into the game with a 22-point second quarter. Sunnyside Christian actually took the lead late in the first half, but couldn't hold on. The Australian squad led 39-34 at the break. The Boomers hit a long-distance two-pointer at the buzzer, which accounted for the deficit at the half.
The Australian squad opened the second half by outscoring the Knights 10-0 to start the third quarter. Sunnyside Christian ended up cutting the deficit to seven points, but made some careless turnovers at the end. Wagenaar went to his bench late in the game.
Sunnyside Christian hung around in the first half thanks to the long ball. The Knights went 10-of-24 from 3-point land for the game, but what discourages Wagenaar is that many of the missed 3-pointers were wide open.
What worked for the Australian team was taking away the middle. The Boomers clogged up the inside, taking away the sometimes lethal inside game of Sunnyside Christian's Derek DeVries, who led the Knights with 15 points.
Matthew McMasters had a sensational game for the Australian squad, pouring in 34 points. McMasters scored 16 points in the fourth quarter.
Sunnyside Christian (0-1, 3-5) will probably not be playing tonight's game in Toppenish against Yakama Tribal, said Wagenaar. Wagenaar added that unless something out of the ordinary happens Saturday's game in Yakima against Riverside Christian will still take place.
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Boomers 18 21 18 22 79
SCHS 12 22 10 21 65
Scoring: SCHS-Derek DeVries 15, Jordan Haak 11, Keith Bos 10, Andrew Schutt 9, Chad Den Boer 7, Sean Tudor 5, Derek Van de Graaf 3, Erik Haringa 3, Josh Buescher 1, Ryan Tade 1.
Boomers-Matthew McMaster 34, Lucas Wheeler 12.
Rebounds: SCHS-Derek DeVries 10, Keith Bos 7.
Assists: SCHS-Derek DeVries 6, Chad Den Boer 4.