PREP BASKETBALL - Boys: Tri-Cities Prep 44, DeSales 42

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PASCO - DeSales outscored Tri-Cities Prep 18-6 in the fourth quarter to catch Tri-Cities Prep and force overtime Friday night in a Southeast 2B District boys basketball game.

But the Jaguars recovered in the extra session to pull out a 44-42 victory. Troy Redmann's two free throws with 14 seconds to play decided the outcome.

Victor Mata scored 10 points to lead DeSales. Jarred Ver Steeg paced Tri-Cities Prep with 15 points and James Pederson contributed 11 points and seven rebounds. Redmann also had seven boards for the Jaguars.

Mata hit a pair of 3-pointers and scored seven of his 10 points during DeSales' fourth-quarter comeback. Nick Wales sank both of his field goals in the fourth and Tommy Gregg and Travis Haen contributed three steals each during the Irish rally.

"Having never been in that situation, I thought our guys responded exceptionally well," Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. "You always want to start league with a win, but this game was a great game for our benefit."

Griffin said that poor shooting led to his team's 32-20 deficit after three quarters.

DeSales saw its record level at 2-2 and took an 0-1 league record into a Saturday night game at Liberty Christian in Richland.

T-C Prep 44, DeSales 42

DESALES (42) - Mata 3 1-2 10, Gregg 3 1-3 7, Fazzari 1 0-0 2, Williams 3 0-0 6, Wales 2 2-2 6, Soloman 1 0-0 2, Cordeiro 2 2-2 6, Haen 1 1-1 3, Leahy 0 0-0 0, Elmenhurst 0 0-0 0, Donnelly 0 0-0 0. Totals 16 7-10 42.

TRI-CITIES PREP (44) - Ver Steeg 7 1-3 15, Pederson 4 4-11 12, Redmann 2 3-5 7, Whitsett 2 0-0 4, Rivas 2 0-0 4, C. Scott 1 0-0 2, Westerfield 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 8-19 44.

DeSales 11 2 7 18 4 - 42

T-C Prep 12 9 11 6 6 - 44

3-point goals - DeSales (Mata 3). Total fouls - DeSales 17, TCP 12. Fouled out - DeSales (Mata). Technical fouls - DeSales (bench). Rebounds - DeSales 33 (Wales 7, Cordeiro 7), TCP 26 (Pederson 7, Redmann 7). Turnovers - DeSales 16, TCP 10.

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