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Bruins claim win over Pirates in fourth quarter battle

WHITE SALMON - The Bickleton boys basketball team faced Columbia High School's Bruins yesterday, Tuesday, in a game that came down to the fourth quarter.

The Bruins went in for an early lead against the Pirates, ending the third quarter with a 32-19 lead.

The Pirates stepped up and scored 21 points in the final quarter, but failed to hold on to a one-point lead in the fourth quarter and lost 42-40.

"We never quit even when we were down," said Bickleton coach Jerry Roberts.

"The boys continued to work, regardless of the score."

Bickleton junior Nick Venema was the team's high scorer, landing 13 points for his team, including six in the fourth quarter.

Venema's teammates worked right along with him. Justin Roberts scored eight points in the game, landing two three-point shots in the final quarter, and Mitchell Powers scored nine points for the game, adding a third three-point shot for Bickleton in the fourth quarter.

Coach Roberts was pleased that his boys worked hard for the game.

"We just kept working throughout the game and at the end we were at a position to win."

Bickleton will travel to Pasco tomorrow, Thursday, for their next game.

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