WWVA boys too tall an order for Nixyaawii

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MISSION, Ore. - Walla Walla Valley Academy's boys basketball team picked up an 81-55 win over Nixyaawii Tuesday,

The Knights were led by Daniel Lomeland's 38 points, while Max Failing posted 12 points and 24 rebounds.

Josh Barkley posted 24 for the Golden Eagles in the loss.

"I didn't prepare the kids good enough," said Nixyaawii coach Aaron Noisey. "They played hard, but they weren't prepared enough."

The Golden Eagles has 20 turnovers and 11 fouls to WWVA's 28 turnovers and 16 fouls.

"They're a quality team with a lot of height, and we don't have a lot of height," Noisey said. "We just couldn't get over that."

WWVA's Lomeland is 6-feet 4-inches, Noisey said.

"If they missed a shot, we weren't getting the rebound," he said.

Larry Spino led the Golden Eagles with six of their 20 rebounds on the night. WWVA had 50 team rounds.

The Golden Eagles are 2-4 in nonleage play. They open Friday in Big Sky play with Sherman County.

"We need to work on our rebounding," Noisey said. "We need to use our team speed. There are things I've liked - when we do use our speed, we can get in front of a team, which really helps us. We've got some really good basketball players and we're learning to gel.

"There are a lot of positives, but as with any team there's always things you want to work on, and we'll continue to work on it."

The Knights are 3-1 in preseason action. They play Waitsburg-Prescott Saturday.

WWVA 81, Nixyaawii 55

WWVA (81) - Failing 6-17 0-2 12, Moore 6-13 2-5 17, Fowler 0-0 0-0 0, Beck 1-1 0-0 2, Lomeland 12-15 2-8 0-0 38, Fry 1-3 0-0 2, Whitlake 0-0 0-0 0, Hanson 1-2 0-0 2, Wagner 2-3 4-4 8. Totals 30-55 6-11 81.

NIXYAAWII (55) - Barkley 11 1-3 24, Crawford 8 1-2 17, Spino 5 2-3 12, Morningowl 1 0-0 2. Totals 25-NA 4-8 55.

WWVA 20 20 22 19 - 81

Nix 12 14 12 17 - 55

3-point goals - WWVA 5 (Lomeland 4), Nix 1 (Barkley). Total fouls - WWVA 16, Nix 11. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWVA 50 (Failing 24), Nix 20 (Spino 6). Turnovers - WWVA 28, Nix 20. Assists - WWVA 15 (Moore 5), Nix 13 (Barkley 4, Crawford 4).

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