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Loss to Trout Lake forces Pirates into must-win game tonight

BICKLETON - It may very well be that inclement weather, 10 school cancellation days and lack of access to the gym cost the Bickleton Pirates boys basketball team in its game against Trout Lake/Glenwood last night. The visitors prevailed, 51-30.

Of the Pirates' rustiness and challenges from inclement weather, Coach Rick Palmer said simply, "It shows."

Palmer said the Pirates struggled to make key plays and had 26 turnovers.

And, he added, "We didn't hit some key free throws throughout the game."

This past Saturday's game against Trout Lake was much closer. With only 17 seconds left on the clock, Bickleton was up by one when a Trout Lake player stole an inbounds pass and scored.

Last night, Bickleton was never really in the game against Trout Lake/Glenwood.

Tonight (Tuesday), Bickleton squares off against Yakama Tribal for a shot at District play. They face another challenge as well, they'll be without top scorer Cody Loomis, who was ejected from last night's game and faces a two-game suspension.

Loomis was the top scorer in last night's game with nine points. Teammate Eric Hess scored eight points and grabbed 19 boards. Edgar Molena scored three points and had nine rebounds. Pirates Junior Hernandez and Andrew Venema scored four points and six points, respectively.

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