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Knights earn split on the road

The Sunnyside Christian Knight boys hoop team extended its win streak to seven games with a victory last Friday at Yakama Tribal, only to see it end with a loss at DeSales.

On Friday, the Knights controlled things against Yakama Tribal from the get-go, building a 37-23 lead at the half on the way to a convincing 74-46 victory.

The lopsided win saw four Sunnyside Christian players score in double figures, led by Brant Bosma with 14 points. Brandon Broersma also scored 13 points for the Knights, and teammate Drew Scheenstra pumped in 12 points. Alex Brouwer was the fourth Knight in double figures with 11 points.

Yakama Tribal was paced by Andre Holquin and Calvin Wahsise with 16 and 14 points, respectively.

Sunnyside Christian ran into a buzzsaw against the Irish on Saturday, losing 51-34.

Things started out close, with the Knights trailing just 8-7 after one quarter. DeSales' pressure defense made inroads in the second stanza, though, as a 16-8 run put the Irish up 24-15 at the half.

Sunnyside Christian was still within striking distance after three quarters, down 38-27, but a 13-7 DeSales' run in the final frame put the game away.

"We got physically manhandled," Sunnyside Christian Coach Brian Bosma said of Saturday's loss. "I felt like we weren't as ready to play as we should have been."

He praised the Irish, especially their pressure defense that forced 22 Knight turnovers. "Offensively we really have to work on responding to that tough in-your-face defense."

On offense, DeSales lit it up as well, canning 5-of-10 tries from 3-point land.

Though Sunnyside Christian big man Broersma blocked 12 Irish shot attempts, DeSales kept pushing the ball inside.

Bosma noted that when DeSales couldn't press the action inside they were able to kick the ball outside for a three-pointer or draw a foul. The Irish were 16-of-20 from the charity stripe.

Brouwer found some success in driving past the Irish perimeter press, tallying 16 points. Broersma was next with six points.

Matt Moore and Luke Fazzari sparked DeSales with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Sunnyside Christian (3-0, 8-2) returns to action at home tomorrow against Bickleton.

"There will be an emphasis on being really aggressive offensively when someone is playing overly tight defense 25 feet from the basket," Bosma says of lessons learned from Saturday's loss. "We have to go to the rim and attack right back."

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