Knights' big fourth quarter downs DeSales

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WALLA WALLA - DeSales enjoyed a 50-43 lead headed into the final eight minutes against Walla Walla Valley Academy in the Irish gym Tuesday night.

But the Knights took advantage of some missed DeSales shots, and rallied for the Southeast B District boys victory, 65-61.

"It was a pretty well-played game, with low turnovers by both teams," Irish coach Mike Giusti said. "Both teams played really hard.

"We controlled the tempo early, and the pace was to our liking. We limited their easy baskets for awhile.

"WWVA's got some good players," he said, "and they made some plays in the fourth quarter. They're very athletic, and everytime we missed they'd get a quick shot, and they made some in the fourth quarter."

"We pulled it out in the fourth quarter," WWVA assistant coach Keith Wells said. "It's a game we needed for district seeding. We have the chance for the No. 2 seed in the (SE B) South. We had a big win Monday over Gar-Pal, and this was a big win, too."

The duo of Marshall Failing and Brad Luce, with 15 points apiece, led the Knights' effort, with Scott Andrew on their heels with 14.

Pat Richard hit four treys while putting up 27 points for the Irish, with Tommy Gregg scoring 18.

"I thought defensively we played fairly well most of the night," Giusti said. "I was proud of our guys.

"And they (WWVA) played pretty well, too. They showed a lot of heart coming back."

DeSales, 3-16 overall and 1-8 in SE B league play, travels to Dayton Friday, with the winner taking the fourth seed to district and the loser playing at either Tekoa-Oakesdale or Pomeroy Tuesday.

The Knights, 9-5 overall and 5-3 in division, have a showdown at Waitsburg-Prescott Thursday to break a tie for second place in the SE B South.

The winner takes the No. 2 seed into district and hosts a game next week. The loser has to play on the road next week.

WWVA (65) - Sauerbier 3 2-2 8, Andrew 7 0-0 14, Failing 4 7-10 15, Carmen 0 2-2 2, Luce 7 0-0 15, Beck 1 0-0 2, Fry 0 0-0 0, Whitlake 0 0-2 0, Croft 0 0-0 0, Hanson 3 3-4 9. Totals 25-42 14-20 65.

DESALES (61) - Crowley 1 0-0 3, Richard 9 5-9 27, Haen 1 0-0 2, Williams 1 0-0 2, Gregg 6 4-5 18, Wujek 2 1-2 5, Wales 0 2-2 2, Zimmerman 0 0-0 0, Mata 1 0-0 2. Totals 21-56 12-18 61.

WWVA 13 16 14 22 - 65

DeSales 12 22 16 11 - 61

3-point goals - WWVA 1 (Luce), DeSales 7 (Crowley, Richard 4, Gregg 2). Total fouls- WWVA 15, DeSales 14. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- WWVA 31, DeSales 26. Turnovers-WWVA 14, DeSales 7. Assists-WWVA 6, DeSales 10.

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