Henning's 32-point effort key in WWCC men's basketball win over Columbia Basin

The Warriors hold Columbia Basin to 69 points as they win their NWAACC Eastern Region opener Saturday.

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Walla Walla Community College's Ben Searle bends over backwards to avoid being the last one to touch a loose ball headed out of bounds during first-period play against the Columbia Basin Hawks Saturday night. Searle avoided contact and the Warriors kept possession of the ball.

WALLA WALLA — Sophomore center Emery Henning dominated the low post to the tune of 32 points Saturday night to lead seventh-ranked Walla Walla Community College to victory in its NWAACC Eastern Region men’s basketball opener — a 79-69 win over Columbia Basin in the Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors, who now possess a four-game winning streak, upped their record to 9-2 and dropped the Hawks to 3-10.

"Our guys played pretty good defense," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "Sixty-nine points? That’s not bad."

Ben Searle buried a trio of 3-pointers within the first six minutes of play. His latter trey, with 14:23 remaining in the first half, gave Walla Walla a 17-9 lead.

Henning pushed WWCC’s margin to 11, 23-12, with a basket at the 12:27 mark of half one.

But CBC’s Tyler Peterson finished off a last-second drive on the left baseline successfully with a lay-up just before time elapsed to bring the Hawks within four, 38-34, at halftime.

The Warriors suffered a troubling blow 40 seconds into the second half when Searle collided with a CBC player on the right wing. He was lost for the remainder of the contest and was later taken to a local hospital — where he was diagnosed with a concussion, according to Reinland. He will undergo tests this week and is questionable for WWCC’s league counter at Blue Mountain Wednesday, Reinland said.

Undaunted by the loss of Searle, the Warriors managed to open up their advantage to double figures again and achieved a game-high 16-point lead, 65-49, on a Henning basket with 8:06 to go.

Jason Smith helped pick up the slack by scoring 14 of his 19 points in the second half. Smith and Henning combined for 30 of the Warriors’ 41 points after intermission.

Ryan Andrews and Smith paced a 50-39 rebounding edge by picking off 11 and 10 caroms, respectively.

"Andrews played a great game," Reinland said. "He held (Mark) Wilson down pretty well."

Wilson, a forward, scored 13 points — with almost half of those (six) coming from the charity stripe.

WWCC shot a respectable 46 percent from the field (29-of-63), but made only seven of its 27 attempts from 3-point land and converted just 14-of-27 free throws.

"You talk about a poor shooting night," Reinland said. "It was kind of ridiculous. Our problem is getting the ball in the hole. If our kids would shore up things fundamentally, we’ll be a good basketball team."

CBC (69) — Montano 4-10 0-0 9, Pruneda 2-2 0-0 4, Dunagan 0-2 0-0 0, Wilson 3-9 6-8 13, Wassmuth 1-6 0-0 3, Poyner 0-2 0-0 0, Toure 2-3 0-4 6, Sinsel 0-1 0-0 0, Pelton 5-11 4-4 15, Church 6-12 0-0 14, Peterson 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 25-61 10-16 69.

WWCC (79) — Wright 1-3 1-2 3, Roll 1-4 0-0 2, Andrews 1-4 5-8 7, Steele 0-0 0-0 0, Gibson 0-1 1-5 1, Van de Graff 0-3 0-0 0, Fullerton 1-1 0-0 2, Schultz 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 6-14 3-4 19, Searle 3-9 0-0 9, Corsi 2-5 0-1 4, Henning 14-18 4-7 32. Totals 29-63 14-27 79.

Halftime score — WWCC 38, CBC 34. 3-point goals — CBC 9-25 (Toure 2-3, Church 2-4, Pelton 1-2, Peterson 1-2, Montano 1-3, Wilson 1-3, Wassmuth 1-5, Dunagan 0-1, Poyner 0-2), WWCC 7-27 (Smith 4-12, Searle 3-8, Wright 0-1, Roll 0-2, Andrews 0-2, Van de Graaf 0-2). Total fouls—CBC 21, WWCC 15. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— CBC 39 (Pelton 7), WWCC 50 (Andrews 11). Turnovers—CBC 18, WWCC 16. Assists— CBC 8 (Montano 2), WWCC 9 (Wright 4).

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