Richard's return equals Irish boys' win over Weston-McEwen

Pat Richard, who was injured in the state football playoffs, scores 27 points as DeSales downs Weston-McEwen, 65-53.

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WALLA WALLA — Pat Richard scored 27 points in his 2009-10 boys basketball debut Tuesday night to lead DeSales to a 65-53 victory over Weston-McEwen at the Irish gym.

Richard, who was injured in a Class 2B-11 state semifinal football loss to Colfax in late November, made 7-of-17 shots from the floor including 3-of-7 from 3-point distance.

The Irish shot 55 percent (6-for-11) in the second quarter to break away from an 18-all tie after one period and kept Weston-McEwen at bay the remainder of the contest.

DeSales improved to 2-5 on the season and dropped the TigerScots to a game under the .500 mark at 5-6.

Corban Hegdal, Miguel Penaloza, Dallas Reich and Owen Hegdal scored four points apiece for Weston-McEwen in the first quarter while Nick Wales led the Irish with six and Richard added five points.

Richard tallied six points in the second quarter as both teams kept their shooting percentages high with numerous transitions buckets.

DeSales forged a nine-point lead, 39-30, at intermission by making eight free throws in the half — six of which came in the second quarter.

Weston-McEwen shot 50 percent in half one (15-30) and DeSales made 53 percent of its field-goal tries (14-26).

Richard drained a 3 that increased the Irish lead to 13, 51-38, with 46 seconds left in the third quarter.

DeSales led 51-40 after three.

Another Richard trey — with 6:37 left in the game — put the Irish in front, 56-40.

The TigerScots did not seriously threaten the rest of the way.

‘I thought we played pretty well," DeSales coach Mike Giusti said. "We defended hard and attacked their pressure. Our guys took turns making big plays."

Reich paced Weston-McEwen with 16 points.

"Defensively, we need to keep guys in front of us," W-M coach Brian Pickard said. "We’d do that, then bail them out with stupid fouls. I didn’t think we were very aggressive taking it at them and getting to the free throw line."

Weston-McEwen was 3-for-4 from the stripe and the Irish made 16 of their 28 freebies. A trio of TigerScots — the Hegdal brothers and Penaloza — fouled out.

Both teams resume league play on the road this Friday. DeSales plays a Blue Mountain 2B game at Waitsburg-Prescott and Weston-McEwen jaunts to Stanfield for a Blue Mountain Conference tussle.

WESTON-McEWEN (53) — C. Hegdal 3-6 0-0 6, Thul 2-7 0-0 6, Watts 1-6 0-0 2, Penaloza 2-5 0-0 4, Babb 2-3 0-0 4, Reich 7-21 2-2 16, Christopher 3-9 1-2 7, O. Hegdal 4-5 0-0 8, McGill 0-1 0-0 0, Greenwalt 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 3-4 53.

DESALES (65) — Crowley 3-5 2-3 8, Richard 7-17 10-16 27, Williams 2-7 1-3 6, Gregg 2-5 1-2 6, Elmenhurst 1-1 0-0 2, Wujek 3-7 0-0 6, Wales 3-6 1-2 7, Mata 1-2 1-2 3. Totals 22-50 16-28 65.

W-M 18 12 10 13 — 53

DeSales 18 21 12 14 — 65

3-point goals — Weston-McEwen 2-16 (Thul 2-6, Reich 0-6, Christopher 0-3, McGill 0-1), DeSales 5-12 (Richard 3-7, Williams 1-2, Gregg 1-3). Total fouls—Weston-McEwen 22, DeSales 10. Fouled out—Weston-McEwen (C. Hegdal, Penaloza, O. Hegdal). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds—Weston-McEwen 36 (Reich 9), DeSales 44 (Wujek 9). Turnovers—Weston-McEwen 24, DeSales 24.

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