HELIX, ORE. - Senior Taylor Brown notched a double-double, 10 points and 12 rebounds, for the Bickleton Pirates in their tourney opening victory over the Klickitat Vandals last Friday.
Saturday, however, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team got swamped by the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights, 63-39.
The two non-league games were played during a holiday tournament in Helix, Ore. By splitting the two tourney games, the Pirates moved their overall record on the season to 7-4.
In besting Klickitat by a 48-36 score, the Pirates limited the Vandals to 23 percent field goal shooting (14-for-60). The Pirates didn't fare all that much better, hitting just 26 percent of their field goal attempts (19-for-73). Bickleton did, though, make 9-of-14 from the free throw line.
Bickleton crashed the boards harder than Klickitat's players did, coming away with a 64 to 41 rebounding advantage. Sophomore Michael Underwood paved the way on the glass, pulling down 13 rebounds. Along with the 12 rebounds the senior Brown had, Bickleton also got a 10-rebound performance from freshman Nate Powers.
Brown's 10 points against Klickitat was a team-high for the Pirates. Other Bickleton scorers included Justin Roberts with nine points, Powers and Underwood with seven apiece, and Peter Clinton with five points. Clinton, too, had seven rebounds, five steals and two assists.
Coach Jerry Roberts said he was able to give all his Pirates plenty of playing time, "...and they had a great second half.
"We had some rust in our offense, but seemed to work out of it as the game went on," he added.
In Saturday's loss to Walla Walla Valley Academy, Coach Roberts said his Pirates gave away a lot of height to the Knights. Bickleton was outboarded by a 47 to 37 margin. Brown was Bickleton's top rebounder with 10 caroms gathered in.
Scoring-wise, Nate Powers dropped in 12 points for Bickleton in the 63-39 loss, followed by Clinton with seven, and Roberts and Mitchell Powers with six apiece.
"We played them closer than the score showed," said Coach Roberts, although he noted that without many shots dropping through the net, it was difficult to ever put a run together against the Knights.
Bickleton returns to Greater Columbia 1B League play tonight (Tuesday) at Sunnyside Christian.