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Knights qualify for District Friday’s championship game

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GOLDENDALE - This coming Friday Sunnyside Christian hoops fans will get to see the Knights compete for the District championship title.

Sunnyside Christian this past Friday and Saturday won its games against Yakama Tribal and Lyle.

On Friday, the Knights defeated Yakama Tribal 57-46 at the District tournament in Goldendale.

Sunnyside Christian took a three-point lead in the opening quarter of the game, but it was the third quarter that was key, according to Coach Brian Bosma.

During the third stanza the Knights kept the Eagles to just four points. Sunnyside Christian was behind 28-23 at the opening of the quarter and scored 16 points to take a seven-point lead.

“We stopped their shooting and put up a good defensive effort,” said Bosma.

He said the put-backs on offense helped the Knights, keeping the team in the game.

In the final stanza, the Knights continued the momentum and outscored the Eagles 18-14.

Sunnyside Christian’s Drew Scheenstra and Brant Bosma each got a double-double against Yakama Tribal. Scheenstra scored a game-high 24 points and collected 16 boards, seven of which were on offense. Bosma tallied 21 points and grabbed the ball from the glass 12 times. He also tallied six steals.

Tre Aleck and Shaniko Meanus of the Eagles combined for 21 points.

“Yakama Tribal has been a strong opponent…there’s more discipline under their new coach,” said Bosma.

Sunnyside Christian, having won Friday’s game, played Lyle on Saturday for a 45-27 win that advances the Knights to the District championship game to be played this coming Friday in Goldendale.

“The Knights jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back,” said Bosma.

Sunnyside Christian ended the opening quarter with a 15-8 lead, and at intermission had a 22-14 advantage.

The Knights continued to dominate defensively, holding the Cougars to single-digit scoring in each of the final two quarters.

A game-high 21 points was scored by Brant Bosma. Scheenstra contributed another 12 points to the final score.

For the Cougars, Jonathan Von Ahn was the leading scorer with 15 points.

Sunnyside Christian will compete for the championship title against the winner of tomorrow’s (Tuesday) game between Yakama Tribal and Lyle. If the Knights win Friday’s game they will advance to State. If Sunnyside Christian loses, they will compete again on Saturday against the same team.

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