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Knights get two league wins

The Sunnyside Christian Knights got two big league wins this past weekend, winning by a combined 92 points to stay perfect in Greater Columbia B League play.

The Knights (4-0, 9-1) beat Bickleton last Friday night 76-38 behind 23 points from Chad Den Boer, 17 of which came in the third quarter.

Knights' Coach Dean Wagenaar said despite the lopsided victory, the Pirates were a tough opponent.

"Bickleton played very hard," he said.

With 4:05 to go in the second quarter, the game was actually tied at 15. Then the Knights turned it on.

Sunnyside Christian scored 29 in a row stretching through the end of the second quarter and into third quarter. The scoreless stretch for the Pirates ended when Bickleton scored a hoop with 3:58 left in the third quarter.

Wagenaar said his team was getting a lot of good looks in the first half but the shots just weren't falling.

The mid-game run secured the victory as the Knights went up 60-27 going into the final period. A 16-11 fourth quarter was more than enough to finish the Pirates.

"Give Bickleton credit, they played hard," Wagenaar said. "We were working hard too."

In addition to his points, Den Boer grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds and dished out four assists.

Saturday night the Knights returned home to host Yakama Tribal, and earned their second league victory of the weekend, winning 98-44.

Den Boer again had a phenomenal game. The senior scored a game-high 30 points and completed his second double-double in as many days as he grabbed a season-best 21 boards.

"It was a fun game," Wagenaar said.

The Knights out-rebounded the Eagles 58-19.

"That's huge," Wagenaar said.

Of those 58 rebounds, 26 came on the offensive glass. That meant a lot of second-chance points for Sunnyside Christian.

The Knights pushed the ball down the court, and shot over 50 percent on the night.

"The kids hustled," Wagenaar said.

The two victories put the the Knights in a tie with Mabton for the league lead with a showdown in Mabton looming this Saturday night.

Wagenaar said his team is looking forward to that game, and expects the place to be rocking.

"Now we've got to win some tough ones," he said.

The Knights will play Mabton at 7:30 p.m.

They then play Yakama Tribal again for the second time in two weeks on Jan. 17.

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