YAKIMA - The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team, yesterday afternoon, looked as if it hadn't gotten over what happened this past Saturday at LaSalle.
After falling apart against the Lightning, the Knights looked flat in yesterday afternoon's game at the Yakima SunDome against Riverside Christian, the top 'B' ranked team in the state.
The Knights lost 53-23, never breaking double digits in any of the quarters against the Crusaders.
"We came out pretty flat offensively," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar. "Defensively, we played all right. But there was not the intensity there should have been."
The Crusaders put the game away with a series of runs in each of the four quarters. The most notable run came in the opening period with the Knights leading 5-4. The Crusaders finished out the first quarter with an 8-0 run. In the second quarter, the Crusaders built on a 17-7 lead to finish out the first half with a 7-2 burst for a comfortable 15-point lead at the break.
Wagenaar said a key shift in the game came when Trevor Pynch, who had a game high 17 points, hit a 3-pointer at the end of the first quarter.
With just over 4:30 to go in the third quarter, Wagenaar turned to his bench, as the Knights trailed by 17 points.
The Crusaders outscored Sunnyside Christian 11 to 6 in the third quarter and 18 to 8 in the final period.
Chad Den Boer led the way for the Knights with 12 points. Reserve players Derek Van de Graaf and Matt Haak each had 4 points. Derek DeVries finished with a bucket and teammate Andrew Schutt scored a free throw.
Van de Graaf also had five rebounds in the game.
The Knights (1-4, 4-8) host DeSales tonight in a non-league game.
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