ARLINGTON, ORE. - Despite it being a close game throughout, too many missed free throws down the stretch cost the Bickleton Pirates (0-2) the game this past Saturday. They fell to the Arlington Honkers 52-46.
"We had a 10-point lead half-way through the third," explained Coach Ben McBride. "But we had a lot of foul trouble."
Cody Loomis, who scored 14 points for the Pirates, fouled out of the game halfway through the third quarter.
The Pirates had a three-point lead at halftime and a six-point lead at the end of the third quarter. But the Pirates only succeeded at 33 percent of their free throw shots, missing 18 altogether.
"We tried to slow it down in the fourth quarter, but with a couple minutes left on the clock, (Arlington) hit a three-point shot and we just couldn't come out on that next possession."
Arlington, he said, has really improved as a team this past year. "They had a really balanced attack, it wasn't just one player dominating."
Despite the loss, McBride said he's pleased at the Pirates' progress since their first game just last week. "They played a lot better as a team, they were more focused and staying focused is what I'm trying to get across to them."
One key to the Pirates' success, he said, will be getting the younger players scoring more.
Bickleton 12 15 16 3 46
Arlington 14 10 13 15 52
Bickleton scorers: Cody Loomis 14, Tyler Jensen 13, Eric Hess 13, Edgar Molina 3, Craig Osborn 2, Andrew Venema 1.