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Knights split weekend games

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Sunnyside Christian's Steven Broersma (51) goes up for two of his game-high 35 points against Yakima Tribal this past Friday night

The Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team played two league games this past weekend, beating up on Yakama Tribal Friday night 88-53 but losing to Klickitat on Saturday 41-36.

In Friday's game the Knights used a balanced scoring attack to jump on Yakama Tribal early in the game and outscored the Eagles by nearly 10 points in every quarter except the second.

The Knights jumped out to a big lead early in the game when SCHS outscored the Eagles 21-10 in the first quarter. Yakama Tribal fought back in the second, behind a barrage of three-point shots to score 21 points in the period but couldn't shut down the Knights, who scored 22 points to cancel out Yakama Tribal's huge quarter.

SCHS Coach Dean Wagenaar said the Eagles were on fire in the second period but in the other quarters his team was able to take Yakama Tribal out of their rhythm. In those quarters the action was furious as the Eagles attempted to press and the Knights flew up and down the court, scoring a lot of points.

SCHS was led by Steven Broersma with 35 points and 12 rebounds. Whenever the Eagles would press the Knights would get the ball to their big man, Broersma, who was able to find the bucket.

Kevin De Jong scored 14 points for the Knights and grabbed eight rebounds. Matt Crabtree added nine points for SCHS. Tim DeVries had eight points for the Knights and both Ryker Van Belle and Trevor Wagenaar added six points.

Alex Johnley had 20 points, including five three-point shots, for Yakama Tribal. Teammate Darren Winnier added 11 points.

The Knights shot 32-for-50 from the field but just 1-for-7 from three-point land. They were 13-for-31 from the free throw line.

Yakama Tribal was just 8-for-19 with its two-point field goal attempts but shot 11-for-39 from behind the three-point arc. The Eagles were 4-for-8 from the free throw line.

"It was a good game for us," Wagenaar said. "A good game for the kids."

On Saturday the Knights traveled to Klickitat and took on the Vandals.

This game was close throughout with the Knights taking a 7-6 lead after one quarter and extending that to a 17-14 lead at halftime.

"We probably lost the game in the first half," Wagenaar said. "We had three point-blank lay-ups that we missed."

The Knights were up 17-11 with just seconds to go in the first half when Klickitat's Michael McConville hit a three-point shot at the buzzer to cut Christian's lead to just three points.

In the third quarter the Vandals jumped all over the Knights, outscoring them 17-10 to pull ahead 31-27 heading into the final quarter.

"We turned the ball over too much in the third period and Klickitat was able to get some easy baskets," Wagenaar explained.

The Knights were able to tie the game early in the fourth and after that is was a race to the finish. SCHS was down 36-35 late in the game and had three straight possessions where they couldn't score.

Klickitat's McConville then hit a three-shot to give the Vandals a four-point lead. After the Knights fouled the Vandals hit their free throws to ice the game.

"They are very experienced and have two great guards," Wagenaar said of the Vandals. "We will play them again. We'll see if we can make some adjustments."

Broersma led the Knights with 14 points and six rebounds. Crabtree added six points and eight rebounds. Danny Van Boven had six points as well and grabbed two steals while making four assists.

McConville finished with 16 points for the Vandals and teammate Jeremy Mason had five points.

SCHS (2-1, 2-7) will host DeSales Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.

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