BICKLETON - The Bickleton varsity boys basketball team got back on the winning track Monday night with a 58-52 win over Prosser's C squad, made up of freshman players.
"I was pleased with the way the kids played," said Pirate Coach Ben McBride.
Making the most of a height advantage over the youthful Mustangs, Bickleton fed the ball inside to Eric Hess, who produced 28 points and nine rebounds.
"We just focused on getting the ball to Eric," said McBride.
Even with Bickleton's domination in the paint, Prosser's freshmen stayed close and trailed just 32-29 at halftime.
"It was a pretty close game throughout," McBride noted. "They're a young team (the Prosser freshmen), but they did a very good job of running their offense. They were very disciplined."
Rounding out Bickleton's scoring were Tyler Jensen with 14 points and Ryan Bravo with 11.
Bravo sparked the Pirate defense with six steals and led his team on the boards with 11 rebounds. Cody Loomis dished out four assists to Hess in the post.
McBride said Bickleton held on by executing the game plan well in getting the ball inside. As a result, Prosser's freshmen could only get as close as six points in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates' struggles at the free throw line this season continued Monday, although Bickleton reached the 50 percent mark last night with 12-of-24 shooting at the line.
"This was kind of a warm-up for the last three games for us," McBride said of the non-league win over Prosser's C squad. "But somewhere along the line we're going to have to pick up a win in these last three league games to reach the playoffs."
Bickleton (1-7, 5-12) travels to Mabton this Friday.