Helix boys fall to WWVA, down Bickelton; Knights finish second at tournament

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HELIX - Helix's boys opened their Christmas Tournament with a 94-37 defeat at the hands of Walla Walla Valley Academy on Wednesday, before turning the tables on Bickleton on Thursday for a 54-49 overtime victory for third place.

Matt Moore led the Knights' effort Wednesday with 24 points, while Zack Sundin put in 12 for the Grizzlies.

"We came out playing well and jumped to a 25-12 first-quarter lead and never looked back," WWVA coach Scott Wagner said. "Helix played with alot of energy, but we played an excellent team defensive game."

Against Bickleton, Sundin led Helix with 20 points and Dusty Bennett had 17.

"I think we finally saw the improvement we've been waiting to see most of the season," Helix coach Luke Hegdal said. "The biggest thing was mentally, when we're down by 15 at half (against Bickelton), that's been a big thing. They stayed with it and kept playing basketball."

JayJay Bates and Mitchell Powers had 11 points apiece for Bickelton.

On Thursday, WWVA put together a 29-12 fourth-quarter rally, but fell to Power Valley, 56-54, in the tournament championship.

Powder Valley defeat Bickleton Wednesday to reach the title game.

"Powder Valley got a 22-lead to after the first," Wagner said. "They played an aggressive defense and we did not handle it well. They had a very strong second quarter and went on a 16-6 run.

"After a very slow second quarter we made a strong charge to get back in the game, but it was too little, too late."

Danial Lomeland lead scorers with 25 points against the Badgers, and Jordan Schutte had 11 point and 11 rebounds for his first double double of the season.

WWVA 94, Helix 37

WWVA (94) - Flegel 6 0-2 12, Moore 9 6-8 24, Casaert 2 0-0 4, Fitzgerald 1 0-0 2, Rose 3 1-1 8, Schutte 5 0-0 10, Hutton 0 0-0 0, Dybdahl 2 1-2 5, Lomeland 8 1-1 20, Wagner 6 0-2 13. Totals 42 9-16 94.

HELIX (37) - G. Papineau 2 2-4 6, Hack 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Clark 3 0-4 7, Bennett 3 2-4 8, L. Papineau 0 0-0 0, Kubishta 0 0-3 0, Thompson 1 0-0 2, Decicco 0 0-0 0, Bushman 1 0-0 2, Sundin 4 4-6 12. Totals 14 8-23 37.

WWVA 25 31 22 16 - 94

Helix 12 7 7 11 - 37

3-point goals - WWVA 5 (Rose, Lomeland 3, Wagner), Helix 1 (Clark). Total fouls - WWVA 19, Helix 17. Fouled out - WWVA ( Schutte), Helix (Clark). Technical fouls - none.

Helix 54, Bickleton 49

BICKLETON (49) - Cardenas 0 0-0 0, Roberts 3 0-0 6, Bates 5 0-0 11, Powers 3 3-4 11, Clinton 2 2-5 6, Strader 1 0-0 3, Underwood 1 1-2 3, Brown 2 5-8 9. Totals 17 11-19 49.

HELIX (54) - G. Papineau 1 0-2 2, Springer 0 0-0 0, Wood 0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Bennett 7 3-10 17, L. Papineau 0 0-2 0, Kubishta 0 0-0 0, Hack 0 0-0 0, Decicco 1 0-0 2, Bushman 5 3-7 13, Sundin 4 11-20 20. Totals 18 17-41 54.

Bickelton 10 19 6 14 4 - 49

Helix 9 5 14 17 9 - 54

3-point goals - Bick 4 (Bates, Powers 2, Strader), Helix 1 (Sundin). Total fouls - Bick 27, Helix 18. Fouled out - Bick (Roberts, Powers). Technical fouls - none.

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