DeSales results mixed in Shamrock Shootout openers

Caitlin Duncan leads the Irish to a romp over Echo's girls, but the Cougar boys edge DeSales, 54-50.

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Appearing to launch from the leg of Echo's Bryan Ibarra, DeSales' Victor Mata makes a flying save of a ball during first-quarter play during Tuesday night's Shamrock Shootout.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales’ basketball teams split a pair of games with Echo Tuesday night during the opening session of the inaugural Blue Mountain Officials Association Shamrock Shootout at Whitman College’s George Ball Court in Sherwood Center.

The short-handed Irish boys, who suited up just eight players, led 17-7 after one quarter but ran out of gas in a 54-50 setback to the Cougars.

Caitlin Duncan registered 29 points and 16 rebounds as the DeSales girls rolled to a convincing 78-50 triumph.

Shootout action ends today. Both DeSales teams will oppose Riverside Christian. The boys tip off at 4:30 and the girls commence their contest at 6 p.m.

Echo boys 54, DeSales 50

Victor Mata tallied six points while Tommy Gregg and Sean Williams added four points apiece to help the Irish build their 10-point bulge after eight minutes.

DeSales shot 53 percent (8-of-15) in the opening quarter. Echo made just three of its 16 field-goal tries in the period.

Gregg, who led the Irish with 18 points on the night, totaled seven in the second quarter as DeSales took a 32-24 advantage into halftime.

Cougar guard Jorge Munoz helped keep his team close by racking up 14 of his game-high 19 points in the opening half. He made six shots in seven attempts in half one and ended up 8-of-12 for the game.

Echo caught and passed the Irish in the third quarter. A three-point play by Munoz at the 1:02 mark gave the Cougars their first edge, 37-36.

DeSales tied the game early in the fourth quarter with a free throw before the Cougars took the lead for good with 6:23 to play on a 3-point goal by Jacob Eby.

The Irish twice got within two in the closing seconds — 50-48 on a Gregg 3 with 35.9 seconds on the clock and 52-50 with 1.8 seconds to go on a Mata basket off an offensive rebound.

Echo’s Glen Swanger banked in a break-away lay-up as time expired for the final margin of victory.

Mata was the only other Irish player in double figures with 16 points.

"We really played hard and had to change our style because of our numbers," said DeSales coach Mike Giusti, whose team played without Matt Wujek and Lucas Fazzari, who suffered a broken finger in the team’s shoot around earlier in the day. "We told our kids not to worry about who’s not here. We gave ourselves a chance to win.

"We sucked it up," Giusti said. "Our press was effective, but we couldn’t keep it up because we were tired."

The Irish are now 1-4 on the season.

DeSales girls 78, Echo 50

The Irish spotted the Cougars a 4-0 lead in the first minute of play before Duncan and Company went to work.

Duncan scored 11 points in period one and Jamie Majerus contributed five as DeSales claimed a six-point spread, 20-14, at the end of the quarter.

DeSales shot 70 percent in the frame (7-of-10).

Another 10 points from Duncan — including two 3-point shots — helped the Irish expand their lead to 12, 38-26, by intermission.

Annie Higgins picked up the scoring slack for DeSales in the third quarter with a trio of 3-pointers, the latter of which gave the Irish a 21-point lead, 53-32, with 49 seconds remaining.

That 21-point cushion was equaled on a Jamie Klicker 3 which brought the score to 56-35 as the third-quarter buzzer sounded.

Duncan dominated the glass in period three with 10 boards.

Reserve Ali Zander led the Irish with seven points in the last stanza as DeSales coasted home with the 28-point win.

"We found open people and played unselfishly," DeSales coach Tim Duncan said.

Caitlin Duncan ended up 9-of-13 from the floor and 4-for-5 from 3-point distance.

"I don’t know if she’s had two bad games in a row," coach Duncan said. "Normally when she struggles in one game, she’ll come out the next game and put some points on the board for us."

DeSales is now 4-1 overall.

Echo 54, DeSales boys 50

ECHO (54) — Eby 3-10 0-0 8, Gutierrez 1-5 0-0 2, Munoz 8-12 3-3 19, Longhorn 1-5 0-0 2, Harris 1-6 1-4 3, Thorne 3-4 1-1 7, Cisneros 0-3 0-0 0, Swanger 3-8 0-0 6, Ibarra 2-4 1-3 5, Keifer 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 23-59 6-11 54.

DESALES (50) — Crowley 1-8 1-2 4, Haen 2-5 0-0 6, Williams 3-9 0-0 6, Gregg 6-21 5-7 18, Elmenhurst 0-3 0-0 0, Wales 0-1 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0-1 0-0 0, Mata 7-15 0-0 16. Totals 19-63 6-9 50.

Echo 7 17 13 17 — 54

DeSales 17 15 4 14 — 50

3-point goals — Echo 2-10 (Eby 2-5, Munoz 0-1, Swanger 0-1, Ibarra 0-1, Gutierrez 0-2), DeSales 6-26 (Haen 2-5, Mata 2-6, Crowley 1-7, Gregg 1-8). Total fouls—Echo 11, DeSales 15. Fouled out—none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—Echo 47 (Thorne 7, Swanger 7), DeSales 41 (Williams 10, Mata 10). Turnovers—Echo 27, DeSales 28.

DeSales girls 78, Echo 50

ECHO (50) — R. Tarvin 1-3 1-2 3, T. Tarvin 9-15 2-4 21, Reese 0-1 0-0 0, Ferge 4-10 4-5 12, McCallum 1-7 0-2 2, K. Elligsen 1-1 0-0 3, L. Elligsen 1-4 0-4 2, Hilliard 1-2 5-7 7, Larramendy 0-5 0-6 0. Totals 18-49 12-30 50.

DESALES (78) — Konen 1-1 0-0 3, Higgins 3-9 2-2 11, Klicker 3-3 0-0 7, Acock 0-1 2-2 2, Duncan 9-13 7-10 29, Giusti 3-9 3-3 9, Blanc 0-2 1-2 1, Majerus 2-4 3-4 7, Hanson 0-1 0-0 0, Zander 3-5 0-0 7, Ferrel 1-3 0-0 2, Warnick 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-52 18-23 78.

Echo 14 12 9 15 — 50

DeSales 20 18 18 22 — 78

3-point goals — Echo 2-5 (K. Elligsen 1-1, T. Tarvin 1-2, Ferge 0-1, Larramendy 0-1), DeSales 10-19 (Duncan 4-5, Higgins 3-7, Konen 1-1, Klicker 1-1, Zander 1-1, Acock 0-1, Giusti 0-1, Blanc 0-1, Ferrel 0-1). Total fouls—Echo 22, DeSales 25. Fouled out—Echo (McCallum), DeSales (Blanc). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—Echo 39 (L. Elligsen 7), DeSales 42 (Duncan 16). Turnovers—Echo 19, DeSales 19.

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