Pirates struggle against formidable Knights


Bickleton’s Cesareo Arriaga strikes a 2-point basket in the second half as Cade Bosma and Kyler Marsh of the Knights approach.

— The Sunnyside Christian, Prosser and Zillah boys basketball teams all won Saturday’s games, while Bickleton and Sunnyside High School suffered losses.

Bickleton 23, Sunnyside Christian 70

The Knights are at the top of their game, while the Pirates continue to struggle.

Chance Marsh scored a game high 20 points for the Knights, while the Pirates’ leading scorer was Cesareo Arriaga with 17.

Sunnyside Christian led 55-2 at halftime.

Arriaga scored a majority of his points in the third quarter in which his team outscored the Knights 15-14.

He also collected 8 rebounds, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

Adding 15 points to the Knights’ tally was Lucas Dykstra. Cade Bosma scored 12.

The Knights travel to Richland against Liberty Christian tonight, while the Pirates travel to Yakama Tribal.

Davis 50, Sunnyside 42

The Grizzlies were unable to avenge a Dec. 15 loss to the Pirates.

Davis opened Saturday’s match-up with a 12-8 first-quarter lead and kept up the momentum (15-7) in the second quarter for a 27-15 halftime score.

Try as they might, the Grizzlies were unable to overcome the deficit in spite of a 21-point third quarter showing. Davis tallied 10 points in the period.

The Pirates re-took command in the final stanza, outscoring the Grizzlies 13-6.

Scoring a game high 19 points was Collin Kelley of the Pirates.

Trey Sanchez scored a team high 12 points, and Art Palacios tallied 11.

The Grizzlies host Moses Lake Friday and travel to Eisenhower Saturday.

Ephrata 54, Prosser 65

The Mustangs were led by Haden Hicks’ 23 points.

Teammate Teagan Cox scored 16 and Chase Courtney added 15 points to the final score.

Calvin Maljaars picked the ball from the glass 9 times.

“We played well tonight,” Prosser coach Toby Cox said.

“(The Mustangs) finally played a full game with intensity and great movement,” he said.

The Mustangs led the Tigers 35-25 at halftime, and added 40 points to the scoreboard in the second half. The Tigers were limited to 29 points.

“Ephrata would make a run back at us and we showed we could stop a run by taking care of the ball and taking good shots,” Cox said.

Prosser hosts Grandview tonight.


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