Wa-Hi boys roll over Rams 49-32

Wa-Hi's boys win for the fourth time in a rigorous six-day schedule, 49-32 over West Valley, and move to the head of the class.

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YAKIMA — Wa-Hi wrapped up a compressed four-games-in-six-days schedule with its fourth consecutive Big Nine Conference Cascade Division boys basketball victory with a 49-32 win over West Valley at the 2010 SunDome Showdown, in a Martin Luther King Day event here Monday.

Wa-Hi’s schedule change occurred after a Jan. 8 game at Eisenhower was postponed until Jan. 12 because of ice-storm warnings, and again until Jan. 13 because of a shortage of officials.

Wa-Hi defeated Ike (64-55), Richland (51-49), Chiawana (64-48) and the Rams in the six-day span.

Wa-Hi improved to 6-1 in the division and 11-2 on the season with the victory. The Blue Devils are all alone atop the the Cascade Division, a half game ahead of Richland (5-1).

Capitalizing primarily on their hectic man-to-man defense, the Blue Devils jumped out to a 15-2 lead midway through the first quarter and led 17-9 after eight minutes.

Wa-Hi led 32-15 at the intermission with coach John Golden already working non-starters into the lineup.

Wa-Hi held a 21-point edge, 40-19, when Zach Sumerlin hit an inside shot with 1:33 left in the third period.

"I told these guys, as we talked about it since last week, we wanted to complete the run, the four games in six days with three of them on the road, (with four wins)," Golden said.

"I’m really proud of them," he continued. "This (Monday’s game) wasn’t out best effort offensively, but defensively we played well.

"The second half got pretty ratty, and we got a lot of fouls, but it’s the fourth game in six days, so I’m just really happy with the way that they came back and were able to compete and get us a win in each of those four games," Golden said.

Non-starters played most of the second half, with Wa-Hi and the Rams each putting 17 points in the book for the final score.

Wa-Hi’s Gary Winston led all scorers with 17 points, including 10 in the first half.

Michael Weisner finished with 12 points, including nine in the first half. Weisner also pulled down a team-high six rebounds to help Wa-Hi to a 34-27 rebounding edge.

Colton Arias passed out a game-high five assists.

Taylor Brendt scored 14 points for the Rams, and Tanner Albrecht had six rebounds.

Defensively, the Blue Devils limited the Rams to 27-percent shooting from the floor, 11-for-41, for the game.

Wa-Hi hit 20-of-46 from the floor (43.5 percent) for the game after connecting on 13-of-24 (54-percent) in the first half.

West Valley shot 47 percent from the free-throw line, 9-for-19.

Wa-Hi shot 85 perwcent from the line, 6-for-7.

West Valley had 19 turnover to 16 for Wa-Hi, and the Blue Devils milked the Rams’ turnovers for 18 points.

The Rams converted Wa-Hi miscues into six points.

"This (SunDome) is kind of a tough place to play," Golden said. "It’s a big place, and there’s not a lot of emotion.

"But, just like last year, we told the kids that these are the kinds of venues that we want to get used to," he said. "It’s important to get some experience playing in this kind of atmosphere.

"That’s what we did, and we got a lot of guys into the game tonight, and everybody contributed," Golden said.

"So, offensively it wasn’t our best night, but I’ll take it because we’re completing this four-games in six days, and the kids are excited," he added.

"Now we’ll take some time. We’ve got finals coming up, and then we’ve got to get ready for Kamiakin coming to our place Friday."

Kamiakin handed the Blue Devils their only division loss, 62-58, on Dec. 18 at Kamiakin. The rematch will tip off at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Blue Devils’ gym.

WA-HI (49) — Winston 7-9 1-1 17, Aguiar 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 0-1 0-0 0, Porter 1-7 0-0 2, Arias 2-4 2-2 6, Weisner 4-9 3-4 12, Maddess 0-i 0-0 0, James 2-5 0-0 4, Alden 0-4 0-0 0, Watson 2-3 0-0 4, Sumerlin 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 20-46 6-7 49.

WEST VALLEY (32) — Taffolla 2-7 0-1 4, Cluff 1-2 0-1 2, Croshaw 1-3 0-0 2, Lang 1-3 0-0 2, Moulton 0-0 0-0 0, Dresker 0-0 0-0 0, Berndt 3-6 7-9 14, Wood 0-3 0-0 0, Wagner 0-0 1-2 1, Strock 2-6 0-1 4, Albrecht 1-11 1-5 3. Totals 11-41 9-19 32.

Wa-Hi 17 15 8 9 — 49

West Valley 9 6 6 11 — 32

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 3-13 (Winston 2-3, Crawford 0-1, Porter 0-1, Arias 0-1, Weisner 1-3, Maddess 0-1, Alden 0-3), WV 1-13 (Taffolla 0-2, Croshaw 0-1, Berndt 1-2, Wood 0-3, Strock 0-1, Albrecht 0-4). Total Fouls — Wa-Hi 20, WV 13. Fouled out — None. Technical fouls — Wa-Hi (Maddess), WV (None). Total rebounds — Wa-Hi 34 (Weisner 6), WV 27 (Albrecht 6). Turnovers — Wa-Hi 16, WV 19. Assists — Wa-Hi 11 (Arias 5), WV (N/A).

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