Bomber boys figure turnabout is fair play against Wa-Hi

Friday's last-gasp 67-65 win at Wa-Hi avenges the Blue Devils' 51-49 victory three weeks earlier on Richland's home floor.

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RICHLAND - Dylan Radliff swished a 3-pointer from the right side of the key with 4.1 seconds left on the clock for a 67-65 Richland lead over Wa-Hi.

The shot capped a furious Bomber comeback from a seven-point deficit, 61-54, with 2:59 left in the fourth quarter.

Wa-Hi called time out with 3.5 seconds to play, and Michael Weisner managed an off-balance, half-court, over-a-defender shot that hit the glass and rolled across the rim to end the game.

Richland closed the book on the 67-65 Big Nine Conference Cascade Division basketball victory that avenged a similar loss to the Blue Devils Jan. 15 in Walla Walla.

In that win, Wa-Hi's Gary Winston converted a three-point play in the final seconds for a come-from-behind 51-49 victory in Wa-Hi's house.

While the loss ended its 11-game winning streak, Wa-Hi remained in first place in the division and in control of its playoff destiny.

The Blue Devils owned a 10-2 division record and a 15-3 record overall with two games to play, Chiawana on Saturday and West Valley on Tuesday, both at the Wa-Hi gym.

Richland and Eisenhower - the Cadets a 78-57 victor over Eastmont Friday in Yakima - remained tied for second place at 9-3 going into Saturday's games. The Bombers played at West Valley and Ike visited Kamiakin.

Kamiakin's Braves, who suffered a 68-65 loss at Hanford Friday, dropped to 8-4 in the Cascade Division and were alone in fourth place.

"It was a great game," Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. "The kids played their rear ends off, and I‘m proud of them.

"And we're still in control of our destiny, so this doesn't hurt us in that way," he continued.

"We'll be fine," Golden said. "We come out (Saturday) and take care of business like we know we can, and we'll be just fine."

Golden paused, then he added, "We'll think about this for a couple of minutes. Then we'll flush it, and we'll move on. We've got bigger things to worry about down thee road."

Winston scored a game-high 28 points, and Weisner scored 20 for Wa-Hi.

Matt Watson led Wa-Hi on the boards with six rebounds, and Winston had six assists and three steals.

Three Bombers scored in double figures: Radliff with 21 points, Colton McCarger with 18 and Calvin Douglas with 16. Douglas also pulled off a game-high 10 rebounds.

Wa-Hi raced out to an 11-0 lead, and led 16-10 at the first-quarter buzzer.

Richland tied the score 20-20 with 4:50 left in the first half, but Wa-Hi was back on top 28-26 at the intermission.

Richland pulled ahead 41-38 with 2:36 on the third-quarter clock, but Seth Alden hit a 3-pointer to tie the score, at 41-41, 30 seconds later.

Then Bomber coach Earl Streufert - a former Blue Devil player and a Wa-Hi assistant coach under Jim Thacker before taking over in Richland - drew a technical foul for disputing a call, and Weisner canned both free throws.

After Wa-Hi took the ball out of bounds, Winston scored with a baseline layup off of a feed from Weisner to give Wa-Hi a four-point lead 45-41 with 1:21 on the third-quarter clock.

Winston scored five more points in the period, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer, to give Wa-Hi a seven-point, 50-43 lead going into the fourth quarter.

When Weisner hit a layin from an assist by Ryan James, Wa-Hi expended its lead to eight points, 52-44, with 7:26 to play.

Alden hit his second 3-pointer of the night, and Wa-Hi led by eight, 59-51, with 3:55 on the clock.

Richland then chipped away at the lead.

Radliff popped a 3-pointer with 1:20 to play to move the Bombers within three points, 63-60.

A key play came when Richland's McCarger scored after a Wa-Hi turnover on the inbounds play. It gave the Bombers a 5-0 run in about three seconds. And it cut Wa-Hi's lead to 63-62 with 1:12 on the game clock.

Winston closed out Wa-Hi's scoring, for a 65-62 three-point lead, with 10-foot runner with 48 seconds to play.

McCargar scored with 44 seconds to play, pulling Richland within a point, 65-64 and setting the stage for Radliff's game-wining 3-pointer.

"It was a great game," Golden emphasized. "We got off to a great start on the road. These guys really wanted it, but the kid hit a great shot at the end. He hit two tough shots, two 3s at the end.

"But it was a great game, with a great atmosphere. Our crowd was great. Our fans were great," Golden said. "Our kids played hard. Gary made some great shots, and Michael played his rear end off. We had some great play by guys off of the bench. We defended, and they just hit two tough 3s at the end.

"We'll find some energy (for Saturday)," Golden said. "And we'll come back and get on track."

WA-HI (65) - Winston 11-25 5-6 28, Aguiar 0-3 0-0 0, Porter 1-1 0-0 2, Arias 1-3 0-1 2, Weisner 8-13 2-2 20, James 2-3 1-1 5, Alden 3-5 0-0 8, Watson 0-4 0-0 0, Sumerlin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-57 8-10 65.

RICHLAND (67) - Dunford 2-3 0-0 4, Radlif 6-12 6-7 21. McCargar 7-15 2-4 18, Hilty 0-1 0-0 0, Dunn 2-3 0-0 6, Gallinger 0-0 0-0 0, Imhoff 0-0 0-0 0, Gallinger 1-5 0-2 2, Douglas 5-8 6-8 16. Totals 23-47 14-21 67.

Wa-Hi 16 12 22 15 - 65

Richland 10 16 17 24 - 67

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 4-14 (Winston 1-5, Arias 0-1, Weisner 2-5, Alden 2-3), Richland 7-16 (Radliff 3-7, McCargar 2-7, Dunn 2-2). Total fouls - Wa-Hi 21, Richland 14. Fouled out - None. Technical fouls - Wa-Hi (None), Richland (Coach). Rebounds - Wa-Hi 30 (Watson 6), Richland 31 (Douglas 10). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 9, Richland 12. Assists - Wa-Hi 14 (Winston 6), Richland 11 (Dunn 3). Steals - Wa-Hi 9 (Winston 3), Richland 4 (Radliff 2),

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