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Bickleton boys work overtime for first win

TRI CITIES - Cody Loomis canned a pair of free throws to send the game into overtime, then scored seven more points in the extra session to lead the Bickleton boys basketball team to a 63-52 win at Jubilee Christian last night.

The Pirates overcame an early 6-0 deficit with a 15-3 run to go up by six after the first quarter.

But Jubilee Christian found an answer in the see-saw game, trimming Bickleton's lead to 25-23 at the half, then going up on top 37-34 after three stanzas.

"It seemed like we struggled with foul trouble in the second quarter," recalled Coach Ben McBride. "But we knew if we kept it close going into the fourth quarter we'd have a good chance to win."

Jubilee still clung to a four-point advantage with two minutes to play when Bickleton pulled to within two, then knotted the contest at 52-52 on Loomis' free throws.

That set the stage for one of the more one-sided overtime sessions you'll ever see.

How one-sided was it?

Try 11-0 in favor of Bickleton. An extra session white wash, shutout.

McBride said the difference between the two teams in the overtime came down to defense.

"We did a lot better job defensively in the overtime," he said. McBride added that the extra session just seemed to break Bickleton's way.

"It just seemed like we were doing everything right and they were missing everything, even free throws," he said. "We were just able to make our shots."

With Bickleton missing a couple of starters for the game, the overtime game tested the Pirate bench.

And it passed with flying colors.

"The guys coming off the bench didn't score a lot of points, but they sure did a good job handling the ball and pressure," McBride said. "I was really pleased with that."

Loomis led Bickleton with 28 points, and teammate Tyler Jensen added 24. Eric Hess tallied 9 points for the Pirates.

Hess and Jensen dominated in the paint, with each tallying 16 rebounds.

Bickleton (1-2) plays its first league game tomorrow (Thursday) at home against Yakima Tribal.

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