Tacoma handles Walla Walla Community College

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ALBANY, Ore. — Even with 35 points from Ben Searle, the WWCC Warriors were beat by Tacoma here Saturday night, 79-73, at the NWAACC Crossover Tournament.

Behind by four points with 1:30, Searle had a chance to pull within one point in the game on an open 3-pointer, but it rimmed out.

Tacoma was fouled at the other end and the free throws extended the lead to six points. Walla Walla didn’t have a chance to get much closer before time ran out.

Searle did hit five 3-pointers in the game, was 8-of-19 from the field and 14-of-14 from the free-throw line.

"Ben played great," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "What hurt us was that Emery Henning was in foul trouble most of the game."

Henning hit 5-of-5 shots from the field to score 11 points in limited time.

Big man Emery’s scoring and rebounding, especially, was missed as the Warriors were outrebounded by 20.

"Tacoma was so athletic, quick and able to jump," Reinland said.

Walla Walla gave up 19 offensive rebounds in the matchup-zone that they were playing.

"The zone was designed to slow their penetration down, which it did," Reinland said. "The problem was all of the rebounds we gave in that defense."

The Warriors led by as many as 16 in the first half, but the lead was cut to two by halftime.

"Tacoma played a pressure-man defense," Reinland said. "And they played really physical, they forced us not make turnovers but to put up bad shots."

The Warriors’ record dropped to 5-2 and they play Pennisula today to finish up the tournament.

Tacoma CC (79) — Enriquez 5-9 6-13 17, Tee Lexing 2-3 0-1 5, Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Coby 2-5 0-0 5, Holmes 10-17 3-3 23, Johnson 3-7 6-7 12, Hill 0-3 1-2 1, Peters 0-0 0-0 0, Wilson 0-3 0-0 0, Evans 0-0 0-0 0, Magee 0-0 0-0 0, Rasmussen 0-5 0-0 0, Walker 5-8 0-4 10, Davis 3-4 0-0 6.

Totals—30-64 16-30

WWCC (73) — Wright 2-9 1-2 6, Roll 1-3 0-0 2, Andrews 1-2 4-7 7, Steele 0-1 0-0 0, Gibson 1-2 1-1 3, Van de Graaf 0-0 0-0 0, Fullerton 0-0 0-0 0, Schulz 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-5 0-2 2, Searle 8-19 14-14 35, Vlaco 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 0-0 0-0 0, Corsi 3-4 1-3 7, Henning 5-5 1-1 11, Baker 0-0 0-0 0.

Halftime score WWCC 43, TCC 41. 3-point goals — TCC 3 (Enriquez 1, Coby 1, Tee Lexing 1, Coby 1), WWCC 8 (Wright 1, Andrews 1, Gibson 1, Searle 5). Total fouls—TCC 20, WWCC 23. Fouled out—TCC (none) WWCC (Henning, Searle). Technical fouls—TCC (Davis). Rebounds—TCC 47 (Enriquez 8), WWCC 27 (Andrews 7). Turnovers—TCC 15, WWCC 13. Assists—TCC 14 (Johnson 5, Hill 5), WWCC 10 (Andrews 3).

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