TOPPENISH – Nathan Powers led his team with 26 points, but despite his best efforts the Bickleton Pirates still lost to the Yakama Tribal Eagles, 67-58, last night in Toppenish.
“It was a closer game than the score indicates,” said Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts.
The Pirates were up by four points with about four minutes left in the game when the Eagles managed some key turnovers combined with three-pointers to take the lead with no timeouts left.
“Then the free throw contest began, and we lost by nine,” said Roberts. “I’m really proud of the way we fought tonight. We still have not played our best game yet.”
Along with Powers’ scoring effort, Joe Cardenas and Troy Roberts both contributed 11 points.
“We may have lost the game but I think the boys learned about possession management when the game is tight,” said Coach Roberts. “I give credit to Tribal for making some big baskets when they needed them. And their pressure defense was a big factor.
“I know we learned what not to do when faced with this type of situation, and hope that it will pay off later.
“We left it all on the court tonight and how can you ever be disappointed with that?”
Bickleton (2-6, 6-12) hosts Klickitat at home this coming Friday night and then will travel to Trout Lake to finish the regular season.