By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Bickleton cools off but wins last game before New Year


December 27, 2017

Jaryd Cline

Bickleton's Cesareo Arriaga takes a 3-pointer during the team's game against Riverside Christian on Dec. 1 in Bickleton. Arriaga scored 65 points during Bickleton's two games at the Helix Tournament last Thursday and Friday.

After a hot start to the season with four straight wins, the Bickleton Pirates have cooled off a little bit heading into Christmas break.

The Pirates were on the road at the Helix Tournament last Thursday and Friday where they fell 77-60 to Condon-Wheeler before finishing on a winning note with a 41-31 win over the host Helix (Griswold).

The Pirates won their first four games this season, but entered Christmas break having lost two of the last three with a home defeat to Touchet on Dec. 19.

In the tournament's opener last Thursday against Condon, the Pirates suffered from a slow start and couldn't recover.

The Pirates scored just six points in the first quarter, with two free throws coming from junior Cesareo Arriaga and sophomore Scott McBride, and a field goal from junior CJ Strader. They weren't much better on the defensive end throughout the game's first eight minutes.

Condon-Wheeler knocked down four 3-pointers in the first quarter and led 26-6 heading into the second quarter.

The Pirates found their offensive groove in the second with Arriaga scoring 17 of the team's 21 second-quarter points. The Blue Devils however continued to fire away from downtown, scoring all 15 points in the quarter from beyond the arc.

The Pirates chipped away, but the 20-point first-quarter deficit was too much to overcome.

Arriaga finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds and three steals, and knocked down all 13 of his attempts at the free throw line. Strader finished with 11 points and added six rebounds and two blocks while McBride and freshman Christian Arriaga each had four points.

In their second game of the Helix Tournament, the Pirates took the court against the Grizzlies. The Pirates made it two-for-two against them in a low scoring game similar to the team's first matchup on Dec. 2, a 43-26 Bickleton win.

Cesareo Arriaga paced the way again for Bickleton with 27 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three blocks while Strader, sophomore Dakota Riggs, and senior Hunter Wentz combined to score 14. Strader also had eight boards and five blocks.

Against Touchet last Tuesday in Bickleton, the Pirates had a slow start that made it tough on themselves. They fell 77-60 for their first loss of the year, and trailed 19-7 after the first quarter.

They clawed back for a 26-23 halftime advantage, but again had a tough quarter scoring over the last eight minutes, hitting just two field goals and scoring just five points.


Last Tuesday

Bickleton 7 19 10 5 - 41

Touchet 19 4 9 23 - 55

Bickleton scoring: Cesareo Arriaga 25, Strader 9, Christian Arriaga 3, Michael Gannon 2, Hunter Wentz 2.


Bickleton 6 21 15 18 - 60

Condon-Wheeler 26 15 19 17 - 77

Bickleton scoring: Cesareo Arriaga 38, Strader 11, Scott McBride 4, Christian Arriaga 4, Dakota Riggs 3.


Bickleton 11 11 8 11 - 41

Helix 5 9 11 6 - 31

Bickleton scoring: Cesareo Arriaga 27, Strader 6, Wentz 4, Riggs 4.


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