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Pirates sink Spartans with free throws, rebounds

Boys Prep Basketball

BICKLETON – The Bickleton varsity was evenly matched with the Granger JV squad but pulled out a 75-71 win this past Saturday.

“I think tonight was a great battle for both teams,” said Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts. “It was an up and down battle on defense and a shootout on offense.”

Nathan Powers earned his first double-double of the season for Bickleton with 25 points and 17 rebounds. He was 9-for-10 from the free throw line and had two steals in the game.

Also earning double digit scoring honors for the Pirates were Troy Roberts (16), Clint Strader (14) and Kyle Underwood (10). Michael Underwood also snagged 17 boards in the game for Bickleton.

“Granger shot really well from the three-point line, but our rebounding and free throw shooting was a difference maker in this close game,” said Roberts. “We were able to battle through some rough spots. I thought that each player made some great adjustments to their game, which is how we will get better.”

The Spartans made 11 three-pointers compared to Bickleton’s two. The Pirates out-rebounded Granger 53 to 38.

“I love the balanced scoring and active defensive rebounding,” said Roberts. “It was a fun game to watch, I bet for both sides, and that’s great basketball.”

The Bickleton varsity squad (2-2) will be headed to Helix, Ore. this Friday, Dec. 20, for their last game before winter break.

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