Christian boys secure Regional tourney berth


GOLDENDALE – With District tournament wins over Bickleton and Yakama Tribal last weekend, the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team now has Spokane squarely in its sights.

“The kids know they earned themselves a ticket to Regionals,” said SCHS Coach Dean Wagenaar.

What the Knights don’t know yet is who will be standing in their way at Regionals, trying to prevent them from becoming one of the eight teams to advance to the Spokane Arena. That’s where this year’s class 1B State tournament will be held.

Sunnyside Christian’s Regional tourney foe will be decided this coming weekend. The Knights, with their two victories last Friday and Saturday, advance to the District title game on Friday of this week. Win this coming weekend, and Sunnyside Christian will enter Regionals as the District 5 champion. A loss in the District finals will send the Knights to Regionals as the No. 2 seed from this area.

To secure a Regional tournament berth Sunnyside Christian took care of business in its two District openers last weekend.

Friday, the Knights - getting a combined 45 points from Joel Martin, Justin Faber and Darren Broersma - dusted off the Bickleton Pirates, 64-37. Saturday, with Nate Scheenstra knocking down 11-of-13 shots from the field while dumping in 24 points, Sunnyside Christian breezed past the Yakama Tribal Eagles, 65-42.

Both District tourney games were played at Goldendale High School.

The 23-point victory in Saturday’s District semi-finals was sparked by the 6’2” senior Scheenstra. Besides canning a game-high 24 points, he scraped eight rebounds off the glass. Faber, a 6’3” sophomore, added a 16-point performance for the winners.

All of Scheenstra’s shots came from deep inside the paint, not one of them further than three feet from the hoop.

The 6’6” Broersma added a mighty effort against Yakama Tribal, nailing 4-of-7 field goal attempts and going 2-for-3 from the foul line enroute to popping in 10 points. Broersma also grabbed a game-best 16 rebounds to lead the Knights to a 33 to 21 advantage on the boards. He dished five assists, as well.

Senior Joel Martin also came through against the Eagles with 10 points and six assists.

Tribal entered postseason play without its top scorer this season, senior Isaiah Ellenwood. Against Sunnyside Christian the Eagles were led by seniors Shaniko Meanus, Andre Holguin and Joseph Sanchey with 13, 12 and 8 points, respectively.

“Without the Ellenwood kid on the floor we didn’t have to extend our defense as far,” said Wagenaar. “He’s a great perimeter shooter, as well as a good penetrator.

“With him out of the line-up, the way he played against us earlier this season, it was really to our advantage,” Wagenaar said.

Even so, the Eagles were able to make one good run at Christian before the Knights were able to take control for good.

Yakama Tribal, after getting outscored 20-11 in the opening quarter, cut the deficit to just 22-20 late in the second period. The Knights, switching from man coverage to its 2-3 high zone defense, countered with an 8-2 run to close out the first half.

“Then we opened the second half with four straight points, which put us up by more than 10,” said Wagenaar.

From there, Wagenaar’s Knights coasted to the 65-42 win.

In Friday’s District tourney opener against Bickleton the Knights jumped out to an 18-5 lead.

The Pirates - behind the foursome of Nathan Powers, Clint Strader, Michael Underwood and Riley Brown – fought back to cut Sunnyside Christian’s lead to 21-18.

From there, though, the Knights stiffened and pieced together a 7-1 run of their own to close out the first half scoring.

After intermission Sunnyside Christian ended any suspense by outscoring the Pirates 36-18.

Bickleton recovered from the loss to the Knights by clipping Lyle on Saturday in a District consolation bracket, loser-out game. The win over the Cougars advances Bickleton to yet another loser-out game tonight (Tuesday) against Yakama Tribal. The winner of that contest will meet Sunnyside Christian (18-4) in the District title game this coming Friday, at a site yet to be determined.

Bickleton 9 10 7 11 -37

SCHS 18 10 13 23 -64

2-PT FG – Bickleton 10/31, Sunnyside Christian 16/28 (Martin 6/9, Faber 5/9). 3-PT FG – Bickleton 4/9 (Powers 2, Strader 2), Sunnyside Christian 5/13 (Wagenaar 2). FT – Bickleton 5/13, Sunnyside Christian 17/23 (Martin 5/5, Faber 4/5). RBD – Bickleton 22, Sunnyside Christian 26 (Broersma 9, Scheenstra 7). TO – Bickleton 10, Sunnyside Christian 10

Bickleton – Bowers 0, Cummings 2, Cardenas 0, Powers 7, Gannon 0, Roberts 4, Strader 7, Hansen 2, K. Underwood 4, M. Underwood 6, Brown 5, Chapman 0

Sunnyside Christian – Wagenaar 7, Broersma 13, Martin 18, Duim 4, C. Marsh 0, L. Marsh 3, Scheenstra 3, Faber 14, Bosma 2, Roedel 0

Yakama Tribal 11 11 11 9 -42

SCHS 20 10 23 12 -65

2-PT FG – Yakama Tribal 13/30, Sunnyside Christian 27/44 (Scheenstra 11/13, Broersma 4/7). 3-PT FG – Yakama Tribal 4/21 (Sanchey 2), Sunnyside Christian 1/8. FT – Yakama Tribal 4/10, Sunnyside Christian 8/9 (Broermsa 2/3). RBD – Yakama Tribal 21, Sunnyside Christian 33 (Broersma 16, Scheenstra 8, Faber 7). TO – Yakama Tribal 4, Sunnyside Christian 9

Yakama Tribal – I. Strom 2, J. Sanchey 8, Pastrana 0, Holguin 12, J. Strom 2, Billy 3, Gibson 2, Meanus 13, Andrews 0

Sunnyside Christian – Wagenaar 5, Broersma 10, Martin 10, Duim 0, C. Marsh 0, L. Marsh 0, Scheenstra 24, Faber 16, Bosma 0, Roedel 0


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