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Yakama Tribal stop Bickleton Pirates, 83-35

BICKLETON - The Yakama Tribal High School boys basketball team's speed and the power of the shooting arms of the Payer brothers proved too much for the Bickleton Pirates Tuesday night. The Eagles leapt out to an early lead, eventually claiming an 83-35 victory.

The Eagles' Drew and Derrick Payer led their team in scoring with 19 and 18 points, respectively.

They play a fast game and it took a lot of concentration to slow them down, said Bickleton Coach Ben McBride.

While the Pirates may not have been able to slow the Eagles' flight, they did keep their heads in the game, said McBride.

"We did a lot better job of being patient and making our plays," he explained.

"We tried hard not to get caught up in the Eagles' rush," he added.

Tyler Jensen was the Pirates' leading scorer with 13 points while teammate Ryan Bravo added 10 points. Bravo also grabbed nine rebounds while Tyler Collins brought down an additional nine rebounds.

"We still gave up too many lay-ups and turnovers, but I think we did a much better job of controlling their speed," he added.

This Thursday night the Bickleton Pirates (0-8, 0-13) will travel to Glenwood to make-up an earlier scheduled game canceled because of snow.

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