Joel Koopmans and Aaron Van de Graaf each poured in 11 points in the third quarter, sparking the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team to an 80-48 victory over the Wahluke Warriors last Saturday night.
The lopsided, non-league win over the class 1A Warriors improves the overall record of the 1B Knights to 6-0 on the season.
Sunnyside Christian, up by 12 at the half, ended any chance of a suspenseful finish by outscoring the Warriors 27-9 in the third quarter. A couple of quick buckets to open the second half extended the Knights' lead to 15, and from there Sunnyside Christian coasted.
"Every game has a breaking point," said SCHS Coach Dean Wagenaar, "And in this one it came early in the third quarter when we got ahead by 15.
"At that point Wahluke felt like it had to speed up its game to get back into it," he said.
Big mistake...as the upbeat tempo the Warriors were willing to take the game to played into the strength of Sunnyside Christian. The fast flying Knights time and again beat Wahluke down court with quick outlet passes off the defensive glass, most often resulting in an uncontested lay-up. By the time the dogs got called off, Sunnyside Christian was ahead 77-37.
Wagenaar pulled his starters a minute and a half into the final quarter, which allowed Wahluke to close to within the final 80-48 score.
The Warriors were led by Victor Rubalcava and Antonio Moreno with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Sunnyside Christian had five players in double figures-including Koopmans and Van de Graaf with 19 and 17 points, respectively. Also in double digits for the Knights were Jesse Brouwer and Cole Van de Graaf with 12 points apiece, as well as Brandon DeVries with 10.
Wagenaar said the visiting Warriors made a game of it in the first half. "They played very intensely, very hard," he said. Despite Wahluke's hard-fought tactics, the Knights were able to nudge out to a 17-12 first quarter lead.
Behind Cole Van de Graaf's game high 13 boards, which led to a 16 to 5 advantage for the Knights in pulling down rebounds off the offensive glass, Sunnyside Christian went on to outscore Wahluke by a 23-16 margin in the second period.
"Coming up with that many more offensive rebounds, that was big for us," Wagenaar said.
The Knights have one more non-league game, this Tuesday against the 2B LaSalle Lightning, before taking a 17-day break from competition. Wagenaar said LaSalle will most likely look to pound the ball inside to its 6'3" post, Cachiotti. "We'll try to deny him the ball," Wagenaar said.
Wahluke 12 16 9 11 -48
Sunnyside Christian 17 23 27 13 -80
FG-Wahluke 17/45, Sunnyside Christian 29/59. 3-pt.-Wahluke 4/14, Sunnyside Christian 5/10 (J. Brouwer 3/4). FT-Wahluke 10/19, Sunnyside Christian 17/26. Rbds.-Wahluke 23, Sunnyside Christian 40 (C. Van de Graaf 13, Koopmans 6, A. Van de Graaf 6, DeVries 5).