By Jaryd Cline
Sports editor 

Tough road for Bickleton Pirates in last few weeks of season

 

January 16, 2019

Jaryd Cline

Bickleton's Cesareo Arriaga sets up to take a charge against a Prescott player on Dec. 1 while Christian Arriaga, left, and Dakota Riggs react to the play.

The Bickleton Pirates, playing away from home for the fourth straight game, fell to the No. 8 ranked Yakama Tribal Eagles in Toppenish on Friday, falling to 1-2 in Gorge League play with five games remaining in the regular season.

Senior Cesareo Arriaga led the Pirates with 24 points and also recorded 14 boards, four steals, and two blocks, while Christian Arriaga joined him with a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds to go with a pair of steals. Cesareo also knocked down six 3-pointers and Christian hit three from beyond the arc. Dakota Riggs also hit a triple for Bickleton.

Michael Gannon also was active defensively with three steals. John Cardenas added six points and six rebounds for the Pirates and Scott McBride finished with two points and five boards.

Yakama Tribal junior Bryan Strom led all scorers with 36 points, connecting on 12 two-point field goals and four 3-pointers.

Pirates 12 7 19 11 - 49

Eagles 19 13 27 22 - 81

Bickleton scoring: Cesareo Arriaga 24, Christian Arriaga 14, John Cardenas 6, Dakota Riggs 3, Scott McBride 2.

Up next

After back to back games against some of the top teams in the state in Sunnyside Christian and Yakama Tribal, the Pirates don't get much of a break before returning to the hardwood with more tough matchups on the horizon.


They are slated for one more game each against the Knights and Eagles, but also have two games remaining against the Trout Lake Mustangs, the No. 4 ranked Class 1B team in the state, according to the WIAA RPI Rankings. At 10-2 overall, the Mustangs only have lost to Class 1A Stevenson (62-60 on Dec. 20) and to Sunnyside Christian (68-42 on Jan. 4) with seven games remaining.

The Pirates face the Mustangs for the first time on Friday at Trout Lake with a 7:30 p.m. tipoff before hosting Sunnyside Christian the next day at 2:30 p.m. in Bickleton.

 

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