WHITE SWAN – “It’s a game we should have won,” Sunnyside Christian Coach Brian Bosma said.
Instead, his Knights – the defending 1B state champs – dropped a 45-44 non-league decision to the 2B White Swan Cougars Tuesday evening.
In the first half, playing what Bosma described as “dynamic basketball,” the Knights carved out a 32-27 lead.
The bottom fell out after intermission, though, as Sunnyside Christian couldn’t buy a bucket. As an example, the Knights missed 11 shots from within two-foot range, eight of those bricks thrown up in the second half.
As poorly as the visiting Knights played the final two quarters, they had a couple of golden opportunities to squeeze out a victory. But, a five-footer with 15 seconds remaining was off the mark, as was an uncontested 3 with just five ticks showing on the clock.
It didn’t help matters any, either, that Sunnyside Christian was forced into committing 23 turnovers.
The lone Knight who grabbed the spotlight turned out to be Dylan Cervantes.
“He’d been struggling lately, but he had his best game last night,” Bosma said of Cervantes, who canned two 3’s while scoring 8 points and didn’t turn the ball over once to White Swan.
The Cougar that proved to be the biggest thorn in Sunnyside Christian’s side was Travis Shavehead. He tallied a game-high 22 points, four of his buckets from deep downtown. “He also made a few shots under pressure,” Bosma said.
The Knights (3-1) are scheduled to host Yakama Tribal on Friday of this week and Kiona-Benton on Saturday.
SCHS 10 22 7 5 -44
White Swan 11 16 5 13 -45
Sunnyside Christian – Broersma 3, Martin 8, Hoff 5, Bosma 12, Cervantes 8, N. Scheenstra 0, D. Scheenstra 8
White Swan – Spencer 0, Wyena 0, Lewis 10, Shavehead 22, Picard 4, Aleck 1, Rivera 2, Andy 6