LYLE - The Bickleton boys basketball team nearly forced a tie in the fourth quarter and an ensuing overtime session against the Lyle Cougars last night.
Going into the fourth quarter, the Pirates were down by eight. Said Coach Ben McBride, "We came back and we had a chance to tie it."
Unfortunately for Bickleton, the Pirates were called for fouls in the late going and the host Lyle Cougars made the free throws stand up for a 44-41 league victory.
"We had our chance to get it done," said McBride.
In a four to five-minute span in the second quarter, the Pirates failed to score, which led Lyle to outscoring the Pirates by a 12-4 margin in the period. "That second quarter, we came out flat and confused with what we wanted to do offensively," McBride said of his team.
The Pirates fared better in the first quarter, forging a five-point lead.
Lyle's Joey Nelson also presented a challenge for the Pirates. Nelson, who scored 28 points, scored all 11 of the Cougars points in the fourth quarter.
The Pirates' Tyler Collins had a double-double for the night, scoring 12 points and grabbing 14 boards. Cody Loomis and Andrew Venema each had one steal and Tyler Jensen and Loomis each had two assists.
McBride said the next step is working toward getting the Pirates to play team ball.
"We need to connect as a team...we're not making (ourselves) harder to guard," he said.
The Pirates will face off against the Prosser 'C' squad this Thursday night at home.
The Pirates are now 2-8 for the season and 1-6 in league play.
Bickelton 13 4 11 13 41
Lyle 8 12 13 11 44
Bickleton scorers: Tyler Collins 12, Cody Loomis 8, Tyler Jensen 8, Eric Hess 8, James Wilson 2, Patrick Meader 3.