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Pirates can’t find the hoop in loss to Touchet

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TOUCHET – The Bickleton Pirates didn’t put up their best numbers against the Touchet squad last Friday, losing 60-27, but Coach Jerry Roberts did see positives despite the loss.

“Our game with Touchet was very physical, probably the most physical of the year, and the boys really played up to the challenge even though we did not win,” said Roberts. “If you can play a game and lose and feel not too bad about it, this would be that game.”

Leading the scoring for Bickleton was Nathan Powers with 10 points, including a three-pointer and three from the charity stripe. Also dropping in treys were Joe Cardenas and Troy Roberts.

Michael Underwood tore down 10 rebounds off the boards to lead the Pirates. Powers had seven rebounds.

The weak spot for Bickleton was shooting. Despite getting plenty of chances, the Pirates couldn’t buy a bucket, shooting only 19 percent from the floor.

“We just could not hit a shot and the percentage shows it,” said Coach Roberts.

In other areas, however, Roberts was pleased at his team’s performance.

“We cut our turnovers in more than half from the Granger game,” he said. “I think if we make our normal (shooting) percentage we are right in this game.”

The Pirates (4-6) start league play Friday, Jan. 17, against Lyle, then host Yakama Tribal on Saturday.

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