BICKLETON – It wasn’t the win that Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts had planned, but it was a victory nonetheless for the Pirates hoop squad last night against Klickitat, 45-40.
“We shot terrible and had to adjust our game to get the win,” said Roberts. “I am proud of the boys, but that was not the kind of play we are capable of playing.”
Leading the scoring for the Pirates was Nathan Powers with 12 points, followed by teammate Troy Roberts with 11 points. Roberts was 8-for-8 from the charity stripe and also dropped in a three-pointer.
“Troy had some pretty critical free throws to ice the game,” said Coach Roberts. “Nathan was our high scorer and did it with creative drives and grit. We also had some critical minutes from freshmen Kenny Allenton, Joseph Cummings and Riley Brown.”
Rebounding was the difference in the game, with Bickleton’s Michael Underwood snagging 11 boards and Powers close behind him with nine. The Pirates outrebounded Klickitat 51 to 40. Bickleton racked up 27 offensive rebounds to the Vandals’ 13.
“As always I am proud of their efforts on the court,” Roberts said of the Pirates. “I look forward to District play.”
Bickleton (3-6, 7-12) will be traveling to Trout Lake tonight for its final league game before the start of District tourney play this weekend in Goldendale.