TOPPENISH - The Bickleton High School boys basketball team couldn't stop the Yakama Tribal Eagles on the Toppenish's team's home court Tuesday night. The Pirates dropped the game 69-26, despite what looked like a promising start.
"We played well during the first quarter, ending 8-all," said Bickleton Coach Ben McBride.
But the Pirates just couldn't overcome a series of costly turnovers. The Eagles took advantage of the Pirates' misfortune, to rack up 28 points in the second quarter while the Pirates were only able to only bank 8 points.
"We just made too many mental mistakes," McBride said, saying his team recorded 20 turnovers in the league game.
Adding to the Eagles strong play were a series of 3-pointers that quickly left the Pirates behind in the third and fourth quarters. Also adding to the Pirates' loss was a sterling 26 points collected by Yakama Tribal's Derek Payer. "He may not be big," said McBride, "But he is quick."
The Eagles' Daniel Payer, with 10 points, and Tyson John, with 11 points, were hard to stop, McBride said. "They are outstanding players," he added.
Claiming 11 of the Pirates' ultimate 26 points was Tyler Jensen, who also nabbed eight rebounds. Bryan Whitmore added 8 points for team and was aggressive in claiming nine rebounds. he did have words of praise for Miquel Macias, who was able to collect six rebounds to help out his fellow players.
"He proved his worth on the team," McBride said.
The Bickleton Pirates (0-5, 1-7) will face off against LaSalle High School Friday night in what Coach McBride expects to be a tough game. Saturday night the Pirates will be in Sunnyside playing the Sunnyside High School "C;" squad.
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