BICKLETON - The Pirates clashed with Yakama Tribal yesterday (Tuesday) and narrowly claimed their second victory of the season, Bickleton's first win in league play.
"It was definitely a hard fought battle," said Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts of the 44-43 win.
Yesterday's game started slow for the Bickleton players, who notched only 5 points against Yakama Tribal's 12 points in the opening quarter, but things turned around and improved for the Pirates.
Bickleton evened out the scoring in the second quarter by scoring 12 points and holding the Eagles to 2.
The second half of the game kept the two teams on an almost even keel and the game ultimately came down to a foul that put sophomore Daniel Clingon at the free throw line. Clingon's first shot missed the basket, but he landed his second shot with 3.7 seconds left in the game to break the tie and earned Bickleton its winning point.
Mitchell Powers was Bickleton's top scorer for the game, pumping in 18 points for the team. Peter Clinton added 10 points and Justin Roberts added 9 more to the score. Clingon finished the game with 3 points, Bobby Franklin with 2 and Joshua Cummings and Justin Harvey scored 1 point each.
"I'm always proud of their effort," Coach Roberts said, "But I'm really proud of the way they stepped up this game."
The Pirates (1-3, 2-8) will travel to Sunnyside Christian this Friday, Feb. 21, to face the Knights.