BICKLETON - The Bickleton Pirates took on Lyle/Wishram in their final game of the season last night and the Cougars emerged with a 63-27 victory.
It was Bickleton's fifth game in eight days and Coach Jerry Roberts says his basketball players were feeling the fatigue.
"We just looked tired," he said.
Their weariness showed through in their numbers. The Pirates scored just five points in the first quarter while the Cougars managed 14 points.
Bickleton was strongest in the second quarter where they managed 12 points, while holding Lyle/Wishram to 12 points of their own. But the second quarter surge could not save the Pirates as they scored just 10 points in the final two quarters while the Cougars finished by adding 37 points to their score.
Roberts revealed the Bickleton team shot only 19 percent from the field against Lyle/Wishram's 50 percent. The Pirates also shot 23 times from the free throw line and only converted on seven of them.
"Our shots just weren't going in," Roberts said.
Bickleton's top scorer for the game was Justin Roberts with 8 points. Mitchell Powers and Peter Clinton both scored 7 points, Bobby Franklin scored 4 points and Justin Harvey scored 1 point.
Despite the hard loss, Coach Roberts was positive about his players' performance this season.
"I am not going to let that game define our season," he said. "I am still proud of them and of how they played this season."
He went on to say that his players are defined by the hard work they put into each and every game.
The team loses seniors Bobby Franklin and Justin Harvey this year, but Coach Roberts said they made some big improvements over the last couple months and he looks forward to improving their game next year.
Bickleton ends the season with a 1-7, 4-14 record.