WALLA WALLA - Columbia Basin College took a 65-62 win over Walla Walla Community College Saturday at the Dietrich Dome in the Warrior Classic Tournament.
"Columbia Basin college outplayed us tonight," said WWCC coach Jeff Reinland. "It was as simple as that."
Down three points with five seconds to go, the Warriors' Mac Stannard had a good look from downtown, which caught iron on top of the circle.
There was a scramble for the ball and CBC got it, heaving it the other direction as the buzzer sounded.
"CBC was fortunate to hang on," Reinland said. "And we were fortunate to come back at all."
WWCC shot 21.7 percent from the field in the first half. The Hawks shot 50 percent.
WWCC shot 11-for-16 from the line to keep themselves within striking distance in the first twenty minutes.
At half, the score was 36-24 CBC.
The Warrior's Jason Smith had an off night, shooting 3-of-11 from the field. He was the leading scorer in WWCC's Friday contest.
The Warriors were forced to play a team game when the 3's didn't fall and they attacked the basket throughout in the second half.
In the second half, WWCC shot 43.8 percent to finish the night with a 34.5 percent from the field.
The 3 flew often in the first half but WWCC star post Aaron Corsi was on the bench in foul trouble.
Corsi only played fifteen minutes and managed seven points and six rebounds.
Three Warriors did score in double figures - Smith, Ryan Schultz and Dallen Bills.
Smith finished with 11, Schultz 14 and Bills 10.
From the free-throw line, the Warriors were 20-of-29 at 69 percent.
The 3, normally a strength, haunted the Warriors throughout the night.
The Warriors were just 4-of-20 from downtown.
"That killed us," Reinland said.
"We didn't play well," he said. "They (CBC) were quicker, hungrier and we didn't come to play like they did."
Three Hawks scored in in double figures.
Guard Jordon Poynor was had a game-high 17 points.
Forward Jeren Sinsel recorded a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds.
Both teams had their share of turnovers. CBC had 22 and WWCC had 17.
The Warriors had seven steals and Stannard led the team with three.
The biggest steal of the game came with about 15 seconds left to play.
Michael Crane leaped into a passing lane within the full-court press, grabbed a steal and passed it up court quickly before falling out of bounds at mid-court.
The Warriors called a timeout with 12.5 seconds remaining to set up for the final shot, which failed.
WWCC trailed by as many as 16 points and never lead in the contest.
The Warriors fell to 2-1 in pre-season and play again next weekend in the Big Bend tournament.
The regular season will start in January.
Columbia Basin 65, Walla Walla 62
CBC (65) - Poteet 0-0 0-0 0, Pruneda-Garza 4-7 2-5 10, Jones 2-7 4-6 9, De La Garza 1-2 0-0 2, Wassmuth 0-0 0-0 0, Poynor 4-12 6-6 17, Barbaza 1-2 0-0 2, Iginoba 4-6 1-2 9, Sinsel 3-9 4-6 10, Beusan 1-3 2-2 4, Haynes 1-2 0-0 2. Team total: 21-50 19-27 64.
WWCC (62) - Crane 0-2 7-10 7, Arias 0-3 0-0 0, Payne 1-4 2-2 5, Bills 2-6 2-2 10, Schultz 5-8 4-6 14, Smith 4-15 0-0 11, Corsi 3-6 1-4 7, Steele 0-1 0-0 0, Stannard 2-5 1-1 5. Total: 19-55 20-29 62.
Halftime score: CBC 36, WWCC 24
3-point goals - CBC 4 (Poynor 3), WWCC 4 (Smith 3). Total fouls - CBC 25, WWCC 24. Fouled out - CBC 1 (Sinsel). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - CBC 43 (Sinsel 10), WWCC 36 (Crane 6). Turnovers - CBC 22, WWCC 15. Assists - CBC 4 (Sinsel 2), WWCC 7 (Crane 2, Moore 2).