TROUT LAKE - The Bickleton boys faced Trout Lake-Glenwood for the second time this season and, while the Pirates lost to the Mustangs 51-27, Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts said he was pleased with his team's performance.
"It's probably the best we've felt with a 24-point loss," he said. "We accomplished the goals we set for the game."
In the two teams' first match-up of the season, the Mustangs prevailed 73-25.
Roberts said the team accomplished its rebounding goals this past Saturday and remarked that one of the game's highlights was Justin Harvey's 12 boards.
"That's just phenomenal for him," Roberts said.
The team also managed to keep TLG's star player, center Jacob Wells, from scoring more than six points.
Roberts also revealed that neither team shot particularly well during the game. Bickleton shot 24 percent from the field while TLG shot 28 percent.
"It's just that they had twice as many shots as we did," Roberts said. TLG had 72 shots, while Bickleton had 37.
TLG dominated three of the game's four quarters, finishing the third quarter with a 46-15 lead. Bickleton did rally in the last quarter to score 12 points, while keeping TLG to five points.
Bickleton's Justin Roberts was the team's high scorer. Roberts scored 10 points for this team while teammates Peter Clinton scored 5, Bobby Franklin scored 4, Harvey scored 3, Mitchell Powers scored 3 and Daniel Clingon scored 2.
"We're just going to keep moving forward," Coach Roberts said.
The Bickleton Pirates (1-4, 2-9) will travel to Granger on Wednesday, Jan. 26, to play the high school's JV team.