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By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Pirates continue to roll, now at 4-0 after wins over SCAC JV squads

 

December 13, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Bickleton freshman Christian Arriaga gets a good look at the basket during the team's season opening contest against Riverside Christian on Dec. 1 in Bickleton.

The Bickleton Pirates boys basketball team continued its crisp start to the season with a pair of wins over a couple of junior varsity teams from Class 1A powerhouse hoops schools.

The Pirates began last week with 54-46 win over the Zillah Leopards JV squad on Tuesday in Bickleton, and closed with a big 58-35 win over Granger's junior varsity team with big games from the Arriaga brothers.

Granger and Zillah, out of the South Central Athletic Conference West, the same league that Goldendale competes in, both reached the Class 1A state hoops tourney last year with Zillah emerging as state champs.

The Pirates have been matching up with the Spartans and Leopards junior varsity teams for the past couple of years and have split with the teams a few times, but this is the first year they have won both games against the larger schools.

Against Zillah last Tuesday, the Pirates fell behind in the opening quarter but turned up the defensive intensity over the second and third quarters, holding the fast-paced Leopards to just 10 points over the 16 minutes.

Bickleton built a 35-23 lead heading into the fourth and it was enough to hold off a strong Zillah rally. They struck for 23 points over the last eight minutes, equaling their total from the first three quarters combined, but the Pirates also scored heavily in the fourth to stay on top.

Trailing by three entering the second quarter, junior Cesareo Arriaga found an offensive rhythm, scoring 11 in the quarter with two 3-pointers, to put the Pirates ahead for good.

Arriaga and junior Cody Strader combined for 14 points in the fourth quarter that helped the Pirates maintain the lead.

Along with his game-best 26 points last Tuesday, Arriaga also added 19 rebounds, three assists and three steals. Strader chipped in nine points and also pulled down nine boards and blocked two shots. Freshman Christian Arriaga knocked down a triple and scored seven, also grabbing five rebounds.

The Pirates used another strong defensive effort against the Spartans on Saturday, limiting them to single digit scoring in the first two quarters.

Bickleton led by double figures to start the second half, and used the free throw line in the third to increase its lead. They converted 9 of 14 attempts at the charity stripe in the quarter to increase their lead.

Cesareo Arriaga was once again dominant for the Pirates. He was all over the glass while pulling down 26 rebounds and also scored a game-best 20 points.

Strader just missed out on a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds, and also helped with the defense with three steals and three blocks. Christian Arriaga finished with 12 points including a 3-pointer and a 5-for-7 night shooting from the free throw line.

Box scores

Last Tuesday

Bickleton 10 14 11 19 - 54

Zillah JV 13 7 3 23 - 46

Bickleton scoring: Cesareo Arriaga 26, Strader 9, Wentz 7, Christian Arriaga 7, Riggs 3.

Saturday

Bickleton 11 13 19 15 - 58

Granger JV 9 5 11 10 - 35

Bickleton scoring: Cesareo Arriaga 22, Christian Arriaga 12, Strader 9, Wentz 6, Riggs 5, McBride 2, Gannon 2.

 

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