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Bickleton Pirates drop two league games

Coming off a 76-36 loss to LaSalle High School last Friday night, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team had hoped to redeem themselves against Trout Lake on Saturday.

But that was not to be. The Pirates proved no match for the Trout Lake Mustangs, who ran down the Bickleton boys 63-20 in Saturday night action.

"It was pretty discouraging," said Bickleton Coach Ben McBride.

"We just couldn't hit anything," he said.

Going into Saturday night's game, the Pirates felt they ought to be able to play well against Trout Lake. That optimism was based on what McBride said had been a good effort on his team's part against the LaSalle Lightning Friday night.

"Despite losing to LaSalle, our guys played pretty well," he said.

The Pirates started Friday's game pretty well, ending the first quarter with a 12-10 lead, he said.

But the second quarter saw LaSalle battling back to take a 13-point lead at halftime. The Pirates only scored one point in the third quarter before struggling to claim 13 points in the final period.

Bickleton's Bryan Whitmore popped in 13 points Friday and grabbed six rebounds. Freshman Eric Hess aided the Pirates' cause with eight rebounds.

The Pirates (0-7, 0-12) will face the Yakima Tribal Eagles tonight (Tuesday) at Bickleton.

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