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Big runs propel Pirates in Helix hoops tourney


Sports editor

The Bickleton Pirates boys basketball team used a pair of crucial runs that turned the tide in its favor in its two games at the Helix Tournament in Oregon.

In the opening game against Walla Walla Valley Academy’s junior varsity squad, the Pirates closed out the Knights early after a 22-1 run that started with two minutes left in the second quarter and lasted the entire third period.

After holding Walla Walla to just one point over eight minutes in the third quarter, the Pirates had built a 44-20 lead that they didn’t relinquish. They held on for a 53-30 win over the Knights led by 20 points and 18 rebounds from Cesareo Arriaga, while Riley Brown added 11 points and ei...

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