TOPPENISH - Reaching a milestone in the 15 years since he's been at the helm of the Sunnyside Christian boys basketball program, Coach Dean Wagenaar earned his 300th career win last night in Toppenish as his Knights overwhelmed Yakima Tribal, 69-19.
"It doesn't feel any different," Wagenaar said. "It just feels like I've been doing this for a while.
"It is rewarding, though," he added. "It helps you to be somewhat reflective."
Wagenaar wasn't doing much reflecting last night as he found himself having to give his team a serious talking to before last night's game when he thought his players weren't focusing enough. The stern talk worked however as the Knights came out knowing what they had to do.
The Eagles tried their best to disrupt SCHS and even tried to slow down the game by stalling. The effect worked as the Knights could muster only five shots in the first quarter. Unfortunately for Yakima Tribal, the Knights made all five of those shots.
Slowing the game down limited Sunnyside Christian's shot attempts but it also limited the Eagles'. Yakima Tribal shot only three times in the first quarter, making a three-point attempt.
Wagenaar said his Knights were relentless against the Eagles, not allowing Yakama Tribal to get an uncontested shot off.
"They were trying to lull us to sleep but it didn't work," Wageneaar said. "We were ready to play."
SCHS led 11-3 after the first quarter and then opened it up in the second period to outscore the Eagles 13-2.
It wasn't until the second half that Yakama Tribal began to open it up. This allowed the Eagles to score more points, seven in both the third and fourth quarters, but it also allowed Sunnyside Christian more looks and they made the most of it.
The Knights exploded for 23 points in the third period and 22 points in the fourth to easily walk away with their sixth league win.
"We did a good job on them," Wagenaar said of his defense. "Those were shots we wanted them to take. It was a very efficient game for us."
The Knights shot 28-for-42 from the field and 2-for-6 from behind the three-point arc. Yakama Tribal went 4-for-18 from the field and 2-for-26 from behind the arc.
Sunnyside Christian was led by Matt Crabtree with 18 points and nine rebounds. Crabtree was 8-for-8 from the field.
Steven Broersma had 14 points, nine rebounds and one dunk for the Knights. Trevor Wagenaar had 11 points. Danny Van Boven scored nine points and dished out five assists.
"Danny played a very good floor game for us," Wagenaar said.
Yakama Tribal was led by Simeon Jim with five points. He was followed by Darrin Winnier with four points and Alex Johnley with three.
The win guarantees the Knights at least a share of the 1B Columbia Gorge league title with one league game left this Saturday.
SCHS (6-1, 7-9) will host Wahluke High School Friday, Feb. 6, at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 7, SCHS will host Trout Lake/Glenwood for its last league game of the season. If they win on Saturday, the Knights are league champs.
SCHS will finish its regular season next Tuesday against Riverside Christian.