RICHLAND - Bickleton's boys were defeated handily by the Liberty Christian varsity squad last night, 92-27.
"It wasn't the match-up we were looking forward to," said Pirates assistant coach Chris Venema.
Earlier in the season Bickleton came from 10 points behind to defeat the Patriots JV team, and Venema said his team was expecting a similar match-up last night. Unfortunately, the Pirates were outmatched.
"They (Liberty Christian) ran a trap that allowed a guy who was about 6'5" to spread his arms out and shut down the passing lanes for our guards," recalled Venema.
He was happy with the heart shown by the Pirates. He said the fact that Bickleton was able to score 27 points exhibited the team's determination not to be discouraged.
"Our goal going into the game was to get our guards involved and work on our assists," Venema said, stating the Pirate guards did their best. Edgar Molina, for example, was able to block the ball five times "...which is good for him." Molina also had 10 boards and scored five points for Bickleton.
Andrew Venema snatched eight balls from the glass and was the top scorer with 11 points for the Pirates.
"Turnovers are what killed us," said the coach, stating Bickleton had 40 turnovers against Liberty Christian's varsity team.
"I don't attribute it to the boys playing poorly...they just had a hard time against the Patriots, who played really well," he stated.
The coach was also proud of the fact that the Pirates played everyone from the bench, helping the team gain more experience on the court.
He said Liberty Christian was also commendable for playing its bench.
Bickleton's Patrick Maeder had seven points last night, and Junior Hernandez and Craig Osborne scored two points apiece.
The leading scorer for the Patriots, Mark Wilson, got in 29 points against the Pirates.
Bickleton (0-5, 6-8) travels to Sunnyside Christian High School tomorrow (Friday) for a league match-up. "I anticipate it will be a tough game," Venema said.