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Free throws, rebounds key to Bickleton’s victory

Boys Prep Basketball

HELIX, ORE. – The Bickleton Pirates improved their record to 3-2 last Friday night on the road, defeating the Helix Grizzlies 80-68 in a tight game.

“We just plain and simple shot the ball pretty darn well,” said Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts. “Our defense was OK, but we let two of their guys really hurt us.”

The Pirates were able to counter the strong offense of the Grizzlies with solid shooting from the floor, including sinking eight treys to the Helix team’s four.

“Nathan (Powers) had a double-double and was really effective both inside and outside,” said Roberts. “I am really proud how we spread the ball around and played pretty good team basketball.”

Powers led the Pirates with 32 points and 11 rebounds. He hit 10-of-12 from the free throw line and had half his team’s three-pointers.

Bickleton’s Clint Strader scored 20 points and Troy Roberts added another 16. Michael Underwood hauled down nine loose balls off the glass for the Pirates, as well.

The Pirates shot 56 percent from the floor and 84 percent from the charity stripe.

“Our shooting from the free throw line, as well as some key rebounds, was the difference in this game,” said Coach Roberts. “This is the best team free throw shooting percentage I have ever had since I have coached. If free throws win games I hope this continues.”

Bickleton will have this week off before traveling back to Helix, Ore. for the annual Helix Tournament on Jan. 2-3.

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