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Pirates drop two in weekend action

BICKLETON - The Bickleton High School Boys basketball team played two of the Greater Columbia "B" league teams this past weekend, dropping both games.

While the Saturday night game with the Yakama Tribal High School Eagles had a few more bright spots, the Pirates were unable to pull out a win, losing 53-40. Going up against the state's #2 ranked Riverside Christian High School team, the Pirates were only able to bank in 21 points to Riverside's winning 73.

"They are an incredibly tough team," said Bickleton Coach Ben McBride.

Saturday night, the Pirates faced Yakama Tribal at home, holding their own throughout most of the game.

"I thought we were going to come out in the third quarter to keep on the pressure," said McBride.

But the Eagles had other plans. They jumped back into the game following the half with a rapid fire 21 points to command the lead.

"That was just too much to overcome," said McBride.

Bryan Whitmore and Karl Jensen each scored 14 points Saturday night, with Jensen claiming 13 rebounds. Whitmore grabbed 11 rebounds.

The Pirates' trip to Yakima to play Riverside was in a word, "tough," said McBride.

"We just couldn't keep our hands on the ball," he said.

Tyler Jensen was the Pirates' top scorer on Friday with 13 points.

The Pirates (0-9,1-11) will meet Jubilee Christian tomorrow night (Tuesday) and will travel to Klickitat on Friday.

. Julia Hart can be contacted at

(509) 837-4500, or you can e-mail her at


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