Closing out Greater Columbia 1B League play with a pair of dominating wins last Friday and Saturday, the Bickleton High School boys basketball team is now prepping for the postseason.
The Pirates enter the District playoffs, scheduled to start this coming Friday at Mabton High School, with a three-game win streak.
Bickleton's two latest victories - which capped off the Pirates' league record at 6-4, 12-8 overall - came against Klickitat and Trout Lake/Glenwood.
Friday at Klickitat, Bickleton got a double-digit scoring effort from four different players in racking up a 68-44 win over the Vandals.
Saturday, hosting the Trout Lake/Glenwood Mustangs, neither club could get much of anything to fall through the net. The final score went the Pirates' way, however, 46-16.
In keeping the Mustangs to only 16 points, Bickleton's defensive efforts held the visitors to just 7-of-55 shooting from the field. Alex King and Jackson Nakae each had to settle for 5 points to lead Trout Lake/Glenwood in the scoring column.
The lone Pirate in double figures Saturday was freshman Nate Powers. He dropped in 14 points, which included a 2-for-2 performance from the free throw line and going 2-for-4 from three-point land. Powers also grabbed six rebounds against the Mustangs.
The top rebounder for Bickleton was 6'4" senior Taylor Brown. He scraped 11 loose balls off the glass, which helped power the Pirates to a 51 to 41 rebounding advantage. Brown chipped in 6 points for the winners, as well.
Coming through with 9-point efforts against the Mustangs were seniors Mitchell Powers, who was 4-for-6 on his two-point field goal attempts; and Peter Clinton, who went 7-for-10 from the foul line.
Team-wise, Bickleton shot at just a 29 percent clip from the field against the Mustangs (15-for-52).
On the road Friday at Klickitat, the Pirates were much more on target, hitting 27-of-59 of their field goal attempts (46 percent). The one Bickleton shooter who couldn't miss was sophomore Michael Underwood. He was 4-for-4 from the field and 2-for-2 from the charity stripe enroute to scoring 10 points.
Also in double figures against Klickitat was the 6'4" Brown with a game-high 19 points on 7-of-10 field goal shooting. He notched a double-double in the game by ripping 11 rebounds from the boards.
Double-digit scoring efforts were also recorded by Bickleton's Justin Roberts and the freshman Nate Powers with 11 and 14 points, respectively.
In looking ahead to this coming Friday's District tourney opener at Mabton High School, it appears the Bickleton boys team will face the Lyle/Wishram Cougars in a 4:30 p.m. match-up. In the two clubs' two previous meetings this season, the Cougs came out on top in both games. Win or lose this Friday, Bickleton will play the following day (Saturday) at Zillah.