Walla Walla Community College men move into second-place tie in East Region with rout of Spokane

The Warriors rout Spokane, 79-55, behind Emery Henning's 26 points and Jason Smith's 21 Wednesday, securing the tournament slot.

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WALLA WALLA - Center Emery Henning tallied 26 points and Jason Smith added 21 Wednesday night when Walla Walla Community College clinched a berth in next month's NWAACC tournament with a 79-55 thrashing of No. 5-ranked Spokane in a NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball contest at the Dietrich Dome.

The victory extended the Warriors' winning streak to six and moved them into a second-place tie with the Sasquatch.

Both teams are 9-3 in league, one game behind region-leading Big Bend.

Walla Walla is 17-5 overall and Spokane fell to 19-5.

"I'm speechless," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "What a great basketball game. Everybody played pretty well. It feels good to be back in the tournament."

Smith drained a 3 at the 15:40 mark of the first half that gave Walla Walla a 15-9 lead.

Walla Walla increased the first-half point spread to 11 - 20-9 on an Aaron Van de Graaf 3 with 5:09 gone - and 12 - 28-16 on an in-deep effort by Kody Fullerton at the 9:46 mark - before Henning muscled up a layin with 8:21 on the clock that increased the margin to 14, 30-16.

The Warriors were up 41-29 at halftime.

Walla Walla Community College continued to put the pressure on Spokane in the second half.

Henning's basket in the paint just 14 seconds into the period seemed to set the tone for what was to come and put the Warriors up 43-29.

Smith brought the lead to 20, 61-41, on a 3-point goal with 11:57 remaining, and added another long-distance bucket with 8:04 to go to increase the lead to 70-47.

Reserve Dustin Moore established the Warriors' largest lead of the night, 77-49, with 5:12 left by hitting the last of the Warriors' 13 treys.

Van de Graaf joined Henning and Smith in double figures with 12 points.

Smith made 7-of-13 shots from 3-point distance and Van de Graaf was 4-of-5 from outside the arc.

Defensively, the Warriors limited Spokane guards to five field goals on 22 shots from the floor.

"How about the job we did on their guards?" Reinland said. "They hurt us at Spokane.

"I'm proud of our kids. It was a great win."

The Warriors' next game is Saturday at Big Bend.

CCS (55) - C. Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Pynch 3-9 2-2 8, Vucak 0-0 0-0 0, Humphrey 1-9 0-0 2, Bond 5-7 0-0 12,B. Johnson 1-5 0-0 3, Barnes 1-5 0-0 2, Marshall 1-4 0-0 2, Jones 11-21 2-2 24. Totals 24-64 4-4 55.

WWCC (79) - Wright 1-3 0-0 2, Roll 1-1 0-1 2, Andrews 0-4 0-0 0, Steele 0-0 0-0 0, Gibson 0-0 0-0 0, Van de Graaf 4-5 0-0 12, Fullerton 2-4 0-0 4, Schulz 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 7-16 0-0 21, Moore 3-5 0-0 8, Corsi 2-2 0-2 4, Henning 10-16 6-6 26, Baker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-56 6-9 79.

Halftime score -WWCC 41, CCS 29. 3-point goals - CCS 3-15 (Bond 2-4, B. Johnson 1-4, C. Johnson 0-1, Pynch 0-1, Humphrey 0-5), WWCC 13-25 (Smith 7-13, Van de Graaf 4-5, Moore 2-4, Wright 0-1, Andrews 0-1, Fullerton 0-1). Total fouls- CCS 8, WWCC 8. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- CCS 34 (Bond 7), WWCC 35 (Henning 8). Turnovers-CCS 10, WWCC 12. Assists-CCS 5 (Humphrey 3), WWCC 13 (Andrews 5, Henning 5).

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