PREP BASKETBALL - Turnovers kill Wa-Hi boys in Pendleton

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PENDLETON - Turnovers were costly for Wa-Hi in a 40-37 loss at Pendleton Tuesday night.

The Blue Devils handed the ball over 25 times in the loss.

"Defensively, we played well enough to win, but offensively we've got to take care of the ball a little more," said Wa-Hi head coach John Golden. "It's frustrating, but we're having a hard time putting the ball in the hole."

The Blue Devils led 21-19 at halftime, but the third quarter was costly in turnovers, Golden said.

"We turned it over too much. Twenty-five turnovers is 25 too many," he said.

The Blue Devils were down seven with about five minutes to go in the fourth, and came back to get within one.

But Pendleton's Deon Davis hit two free throws to move the Buckaroo's up three with 17 seconds to play.

The Blue Devils raced down court, but couldn't manage a 3 despite a clean look, Golden said.

Alex Ceron led the Blue Devils with 10 points and Matt Watson posted 19 rebounds for the Blue Devils.

"Rebounding has been a strength," Golden said. "Matt's 19 was pretty impressive last night.

"Defensively, I'm pretty happy with the way we're playing, but we need to be more consistent offensively, and taking care of the ball better," Golden said. "I've seen improvement and at times we've taken better care of the ball in the last few games, but obviously not last night."

The loss moves Wa-Hi's preseason record to 3-3 with league play starting Friday when the Blue Devils host Richland.

"Our league's pretty tough and we've got pretty good teams to play," Golden said of the upcoming Big Nine season. "Now we're playing for real and we've got to start playing a little better."

Pendleton 40, Wa-Hi 37

WA-HI - Toon 1-3 2-2 4, Ceron 3-4 4-5 10, Swenson 0-2 0-0 0, Handcox 3-6 0-0 7, Peasley 1-2 0-0 3, Eggers 0-2 0-0 0, Campeau 0-0 0-0 0, Alden 2-8 0-0 5, Dunovant 1-1 0-0 2, Ferenz 0-2 0-0 0, Watson 3-11 0-0 6. Totals 14-41 6-7 37.

PENDLETON - Whitten 3-9 1-4 8, Davis 4-12 5-7 14, Madsen 0-0 0-1 0, Anderson 0-2 0-2 0, Beard 1-3 2-4 4, Remington 1-3 0-0 2, Fairley 3-10 6-7 12. Total 12-39 14-25 40.

Wa-Hi 8 13 5 11 - 37

Pendleton 10 9 12 9 - 40

3-points - Wa-Hi 3 (Handcox, Peasley, Alden), Pend 2 (Whitten, Davis). Total fouls- Wa-Hi 20, Pend 9. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 36 (Watson 19), Pend 27 (Anderson 7). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 25, Pend 18. Assists - Wa-Hi 12 (Handcox 5), Pend 4 (Fairley 2).

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