BICKLETON - The Mabton JV team traveled to Pirate territory yesterday for a close game that spilled into overtime. Ultimately, the Bickleton varsity players claimed the 64-60 win.
"I've been waiting for this kind of game," said Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts, who revealed the two teams were very evenly matched.
Roberts said he was particularly proud of his team as they came out in the first quarter ready to play. "We have not really started the games well the whole season," he said.
The first quarter, Bickleton scored 17 points to Mabton's 13 points - a strong start for the Pirates, but the Vikings returned in the second quarter to end the first half with a close 32-30 lead over Bickleton.
The third quarter brought the Pirates back to fighting form, scoring 21 points over Mabton's 11 points, but Bickleton's lead was short lived and Mabton overtook the Pirates for most of the final quarter.
Just when it seemed like the Vikings would claim a victory, Bickleton first year senior Bobby Franklin got fouled with 3.7 seconds left in the game. He sunk one of two free throws and put the teams into overtime.
In overtime, Mabton scored two points, but the Bickleton players managed to pull ahead with six points.
Bickleton's top scorer was Justin Roberts with 18 points. His teammates, Mitchell Powers and Peter Clinton, both scored 14 points, Justin Harvey scored 10, Bobby Franklin scored 7 and Daniel Clingan scored 1.
Coach Roberts said that one of his team's strengths during this game was rebounding.
"Harvey and Franklin really came through with rebounding," he said. Franklin had 11 rebounds during the game and Harvey added 13 more. An impressive number for a player who is recovering from a shoulder injury, Roberts said.
Roberts also revealed his team was 23-for-72 from the field during this game. The most shots his team had ever taken in a game were 49. He credits his players' superb rebounding with getting those extra shots.
"It was just a good win for the boys," he said. "I am really happy that they know what it's like to be in a tough game with good competition."
On Friday, Bickleton (1-6, 4-11) will travel to face Yakama Tribal before returning home for a rematch against Sunnyside Christian in Bickleton on Saturday.