Warrior men down Peninsula, take third place at Albany crossover

Jason Smith scored 30 points and Emery Henning booked a double-double to help Walla Walla record a 91-73 victory over Peninsula at an NWAACC crossover men's basketball tournament here Sunday.

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ALBANY, Ore. — Jason Smith scored 30 points and Emery Henning booked a double-double to help Walla Walla Community College record a 91-73 victory over Peninsula at an NWAACC crossover men’s basketball tournament here Sunday.

The Warriors placed third at the tournament with a 2-1 record, and they improved to 6-2 on the season.

Smith hit 10-of-23 attempts from the floor, including 7-of-18 3-point attempts, for his game-high total.

Henning scored 13 points and snagged 13 rebounds.

"We played well," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "We started out a little slow, and fell behind 18-13. But we had a nice run and went up by 11."

The Warriors led by 14, 42-28, at halftime.

"Then, in the second half, we led by 28, 81-53, with five minutes to play," Reinland said. "Then we got a little sloppy at the end.

"Peninsula was a better team than that," he added. "They were big, very big and physical. They packed it in on us, and we put up 44 3s. And we made enough of them to stay ahead."

Walla Walla went 12-for-44 with 3-pointers and shot 36 percent from the floor for the game (25-for-69).

"It was a good tournament for us," Reinland said. "We played three good teams. Skagit was good and Tacoma (eventual tourney winner) was very good. So, we’re coming along well. Our shooting is still a little streaky, and we need more consistency there.

"Out effort was good, and we’re getting good sophomore leadership, so we’re coming along well."

WALLA WALLA CC (91) — Wright 1-7 2-2 4, Roll 0-2 0-0 0, Andrews 0-2 0-0 0, Steele 1-4 0-0 2, Gibson 0-0 3-4 3, Ban de Graaf 3-5 0-0 7, Fullerton 0-0 0-0 0, Schulz 0-0 3-6 3, Smith 10-23 3-4 30, Searle 4-14 4-6 15, Vlaco 1-2 0-0 3, Moore 0-0 1-2 1, Corsi 2-3 0-2 4, Hennning 2-4 9-11 13. Totals 25-69 29-41 91.

PENINSULA CC (73) — Manzanza 7-11 0-0 14, Jackson 0-5 0-0 0, Musgrow 4-9 1-2 9, Rutherford 6-10 8-8 23, Rawls 0-0 0-0 0, Jacobsen 2-4 0-0 4, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Gamblin 5-15 4-6 15, Patten 0-2 0-0 0, Worley 2-6 0-3 4, Collins 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-66 13-19 73.

Halftime score — WWCC 42, PCC 28. 3-point goals — WWCC 12-44 (Wright 1-7, Roll 0-1, Andrews 0-3, Steele 0-2, Van de Graaf 1-3, Smith 7-18, Seerle 3-12, Vlaco 1-1), ( ). Total fouls—

WWCC 16, PCC 30. Fouled out— WWCC (None), PCC (Gamblin). Technical fouls—None. Rebounds— WWCC 48 (Henning 13), PCC 41 (Manzanza 7). Turnovers— WWCC 7, PCC 10. Assists— WWCC 11 (Andrews 3, Henning 3), PCC 14 (Rutherford 5).

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