Chukars chop down Warrior men

A handful of Treasure Valley players score in double figures in the 103-84 win over WWCC.

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WALLA WALLA — A handful of Treasure Valley players scored in double figures Saturday night as the Chukars surpassed the century mark in a 103-84 triumph over sixth-ranked Walla Walla Community College in NWAACC Eastern Region men’s basketball action at the Dietrich Dome.

Treasure Valley improved to 3-0 in the region and 9-4 overall.

The Warriors, playing their second game without wing Ben Searle, fell to 2-1 and 10-3.

Searle suffered a concussion a week ago in WWCC’s league-opening win over Columbia Basin. The team found out Thursday that he would be lost for the season, according to coach Jeff Reinland.

"We’re just shell-shocked about it right now, but we need to quit talking about it," Reinland said. "We struggled at Blue (Mountain) without him (in a victory on Wednesday). We haven’t found our rhythm. We looked tired, nervous."

Manny Lopez, who led all scorers in the game with 27 points, registered a bucket with 7:40 left in the first half to give Treasure Valley a 37-21 lead.

Alex Roll came off the bench to rally the Warriors within six, 43-37, with a deuce at the 2:24 mark.

But the Chukars reclaimed a 16-point spread, 55-39, on a 3-point goal by Nick Brothers with 31.1 seconds remaining in the half.

Treasure Valley went to intermission up 55-41.

Walla Walla got within nine, 62-53, on a pair of Emery Henning free throws with 14:34 to play, but were unable the close the gap any further.

"Give most of the credit to Treasure Valley," Reinland said. "They did a great job (and) were ready to play. I was impressed with Manny Lopez. He’s come a long way since last year. "

Henning led the Warriors with 19 points and Jason Smith tossed in 18.

The Warriors continue league play on Wednesday night at Yakima Valley.

TVCC (103) — Thomas 8-15 4-6 20, K. Jones 1-7 0-0 2, Perry 0-0 0-0 0, J. Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Brothers 5-9 0-0 11, Calahan 2-4 0-0 4, Snooks 0-1 0-0 0, Burns 1-1 0-0 2, Bird 6-7 0-1 15, Lopez 9-15 8-9 27, McKee 3-8 0-0 6, Mumm 6-15 4-4 16. Totals 41-82 16-20 103.

WWCC (84) — Wright 0-2 0-0 0, Roll 4-4 0-0 8, Andrews 1-3 1-2 4, Steele 2-3 0-0 5, Gibson 2-8 1-1 6, Van de Graaf 2-4 0-0 6, Fullerton 2-2 0-0 4, Schultz 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 7-22 0-0 18, Vlaco 1-1 0-0 2, Moore 1-4 1-2 4, Corsi 3-6 2-5 8, Henning 8-15 3-4 19, Baker 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-75 8-14 84.

Halftime score — TVCC 55, WWCC 41. 3-point goals — TVCC 5-15 (Bird 3-4, Lopez 1-2, Brothers 1-3, Thomas 0-1, Snooks 0-1, K. Jones 0-4), WWCC 10-31 (Smith 4-16, Van De Graaf 2-4, Andrews 1-1, Steele 1-2, Gibson 1-4, Moore 1-4). Total fouls—TVCC 17, WWCC 18. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— TVCC 53 (Mumm 10), WWCC 40 (Gibson 7). Turnovers—TVCC 12, WWCC 19. Assists— TVCC 14 (J. Jones 4), WWCC 13 (Henning 5).

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