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Knights finish out season with two wins, prepare for playoffs

The Sunnyside Christian boys basketball team finished league play undefeated with a win against Trout Lake/Glenwood this past Friday and a win on Saturday against Bickleton.

The two victories give SCHS an unblemished 10-0 record in Greater Columbia 1B League play.

Neither team gave the Knights much competition as SCHS forced the 40-point mercy rule in both contests.

On Friday the Knights jumped out to an early lead against Trout Lake/Glennwood. SCHS was leading 22-4 after one quarter and 45-8 at halftime on their way to a 75-25 victory.

"We played an intense man-to-man defense and took them (Trout Lake/Glennwood) out of their comfort zone," SCHS Coach Dean Wagenaar said. "We got out on the fastbreak and really pushed the ball. That gave us some opportunities."

The Knights' defense forced 27 Trout Lake/Glenwood turnovers and SCHS stole the ball 23 times.

The Knights' regulars played sparingly in the third quarter until Sunnyside Christian could put in their bench players. The Knights outscored Trout Lake/Glennwood 30-17 in the second half.

Steven Broersma and Trevor Wagenaar led the Knights with 16 points each. Broersma also recorded six steals. Steven Bosma added 14 points and also recorded six steals for the Knights. Brandon Broersma finished with 10 points.

Trout Lake/Glennwood was led by Slater Modrich with seven points.

On Saturday the Knights traveled to Bickleton where Sunnyside Christian beat the Pirates 77-29.

Wagenaar said the Pirates started out with a formidable zone, but the Knights were able to hit a trio of threes that quickly put the game out of reach.

The Knights were up 21-7 after the first period and led 42-14 at halftime.

"They're a good team," said Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts.

SCHS continued to pound away until midway through the third period when Wagenaar put in his bench players. Roberts also deployed his bench players. Roberts played four eighth graders in the fourth quarter.

"They came out and played with no fear," he added. Three of the four younger players scored.

SCHS was led by Trevor Wagenaar with 18 points. Kevin DeJong added 12 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Alex Brouwer, Van Belle and Steven Broersma all scored 10 points for the Knights.

Justin Roberts led the Pirates with nine points. Mitchell Powers, Peter Clinton and Bobby Franklin each added five points for Bickleton.

SCHS (18-2) will next play at Districts when the Knights will travel to White Salmon to play Trout Lake/Glenwood at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 11.

Bickleton will finish its regular season tonight (Monday) when the Pirates host Lyle/Wishram at 5 p.m.

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