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Pirates learn hard lessons at tourney

HELIX, ORE. – The Bickleton boys came away from the Helix basketball tournament with two losses and a better understanding of where they need to improve for the remainder of the season.

The team’s game last Thursday at the tourney was against the Walla Walla Valley Academy Knights. The Pirates fell to the Knights 71-50 in a physical game.

“We gave up a lot of rebounds and lay-ins,” said Bickleton Coach Jerry Roberts. “We learned about physical play and some skills on playing tough man-to-man defense.”

Pirate Nathan Powers put in a serious effort, shooting for 23 points in the game, including four shots from treyland. The next best scorer for Bickleton was Troy Roberts with nine points.

“The boys played hard, with effort, but failed to stop the paint play,” said Coach Roberts.

On Friday the Pirates faced league opponent Klickitat, and again came away with a loss, 41-31.

“This game was pretty disappointing for us as a team,” said Roberts. “It was the worst we have shot this season and also we had 14 more turnovers than Klickitat.”

Powers was held to only nine points, and he was the top scorer for the Pirates.

“We missed a lot of opportunities that we normally make and had trouble with their defense,” said Roberts. “It felt like we were just out of sync with each other and never recovered from the funk. Hats off to Klickitat for their play, but we will be ready for them next time.”

Bickleton (3-4) will host Mabton’s JV tomorrow night (Tuesday).

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