Two double-doubles by Broersma powers Knights to pair of wins


Neither Trout Lake nor Bickleton could contain 6’6” senior Darren Broersma last Friday and Saturday.

Sunnyside Christian’s big man notched a pair of double-doubles – 15 points and 17 rebounds at Trout Lake, 10 points and 14 rebounds at Bickleton – to power the Knights to a pair of Greater Columbia 1B League wins.

The two victories, which stretched the Knights’ winning streak out to six games, improved Sunnyside Christian to 5-0 in conference play, 9-2 overall on the season.

“Darren came up big for us. Huge contributions on his part both nights,” confirmed SCHS Coach Dean Wagenaar.

As dominant as Broersma was, Sunnyside Christian didn’t have a cakewalk Friday at Trout Lake.

“Let’s just say we had a tremendous amount of wasted possessions,” said Wagenaar.

More specifically, the Knights could hardly buy a bucket.

“Nothing was falling,” said Wagenaar. “One thing about the Trout Lake gym, it has some of the tightest rims around.”

All told, Sunnyside Christian was only able to get 35 percent of its shots to drop against the Mustangs (19-for-55). From long range it was even worse, as the Knights sank just 1-of-9 from treyland.

“We were also committing quite a few turnovers,” Wagenaar said, detailing that his club coughed up the ball 15 times total in Friday’s game.

Trout Lake, on the other hand, came out firing howitzers, and were connecting.

“The thing about the Trout Lake team this season, all their kids can shoot the three,” said Wagenaar, noting that overall for the game the ‘Stangs made 8-of-19 from beyond the arc, with six different Trout Lake players connecting from long range.

Trout Lake buried two 3’s at the outset last Friday, “…two very deep ones,” said Wagenaar. That prompted the SCHS coach to switch his club into straight man-to-man defensive coverage.

Down 11-8 heading into the second quarter, the Knights began pounding the ball inside to the 6’6” Broersma and the 6’2” Nate Scheenstra. The two big men responded with 15 and 11-point performances, respectively.

Coupled with another 10 points from Joel Martin, and a combined 14 points from Connor Duim and Justin Faber, Sunnyside Christian closed out the first half with a 16-6 run and opened the second half with a 10-1 scoring spurt.

“We got up 34-18 midway through the third quarter, and just kind of nursed a 12 to 14-point lead the rest of the way,” Wagenaar said in explaining the final 50-38 score.

Saturday at Bickleton the game was never really in doubt for the Knights. Sunnyside Christian forged a 12-4 first-quarter lead enroute to taking a 27-14 advantage into the locker room at halftime. The Pirates, with just Nathan Powers in double figures with 10 points, got outscored by a 30-18 margin after intermission to account for the final 57-32 score.

Both clubs opted to pack the lanes throughout Saturday’s contest, which opened the door for freshman Luke Wagenaar and the junior Duim to shoot over the top. The two Knights combined to go 5-for-13 from treyland, and together pumped in 17 points.

Wagenaar and the senior Martin ended up leading a very balanced scoring effort for the winners, as each popped in 11 points. Broersma added 10 points, with Faber chipping in 8, and Duim and Scheenstra each netting 6 points. Freshman Chance Marsh completed the Sunnyside Christian scoring with 5 points.

Sunnyside Christian is slated to hit the road tomorrow (Tuesday) and take on the Columbia-Burbank Coyotes, a rugged 1A club this season that’s playing .500 ball. The Knights will then return to 1B league play at Glenwood this coming Friday before returning home the following night for a conference match-up against Klickitat.


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