Yakima men score NWAACC East win over Walla Walla

Yakima Valley shoots 53 percent from the field in the 90-70 victory over the Warrior men.

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YAKIMA — Yakima Valley connected on 53 percent of its shots from the floor, including 47-percent from the 3-point line, in a 90-70 NWAACC East Regional men’s basketball victory over Walla Walla Community College here Wednesday.

The loss gives the Warriors a 2-2 record in the East and a 10-4 record overall.

Yakima is now 2-2 in the East and 8-8 overall.

The Yaks hit 35-of-66 shots from the floor and 8-for-17 from behind the 3-point line.

As a team, the Warriors hit 39 percent of their shots from the floor, 23-for-53. They hit 7-of-20 from the 3-point line.

Aaron Corsi led the Warriors with 26 points by hitting 8-of-11 shots from the floor and 10-of-12 shots from the free-throw line .

Nate Gibson and Jason Smith scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for WWCC.

The Yaks’ Jordan Kidd led all scorers with 27 points. Derrek January added 17 points. Damar Wilson and Willie Blodgett chipped in 12 and 11 points, respectively, for Yakima.

WWCC’s Ryan Andrews grabbed a game-high eight rebounds, but Yakima led 35-29 on the boards.

"It was closer than the final scores suggests," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "It was a 10-point game with three minutes to go, and we tried to do some things to get them to turn the ball over.

"They just didn’t work," he said. "They’re just a very athletic team, and we didn’t get it done.

"We were down by five at half, and we played pretty well," Reinland continued. "We had a chance to cut the lead to three a couple of times in the second half, and we missed wide open 3s. Then we got down by 14, and things just kind of got away from us in the last three minutes.

"Aaron Corsi came in a played a good game for us," Reinlansd said.

WWCC returns to action with a 6 p.m. game against Wenatchee at the Dietrich Dome on Saturday.

WALLA WALLA CC (70) — Wright 1-4 4-5 6, Roll 2-2 3-4 8, Andrews 1-67 0-0 2, Steele 0-0 0-0 0, Gibson 4-10 0-0 11, Ban de Graaf 0-1 0-0 0, Fullerton 0-0 0-0 0, Schulz 0-1 0-0 0, Smith 4-12 0-0 10, Moore 1-1 0-0 3, Corsi 8-11 10-12 26, Henning 2-9 0-1 4. Totals 23-58 17-22 70.

YAKIMA VALLEY CC (90) — Blodgett 4-7 0-0 11, De. Wilson 3-5 1-2 9, Da. Wilson 6-13 0-0 12, Kidd 8-13 9-11 27, Brown 1-2 0-0 2, Woods 4-5 0-0 8, Dornik 0-4 0-0 0, January 7-13 2-2 17, Kirvin 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 35-66 12-15 90.

Halftime score — YVCC 40, WWCC 35. 3-point goals — WWCC 7-28 (Wright 0-1, Roll 1-1. Andrews 0-3, Gibson 3-5,Van de Graaf 0-1, Schulz 0-1, Smith 2-7, Moore 1-1), YVCC 8-17 (Blodgett 3-4, De. Wilson 2-3, Da. Wilson 0-1, Kidd 2-3, Dornik 0-4, January 1-2). Total fouls— WWCC 14, YVCC 21. Fouled out— WWCC (Andrews), YVCC 21 (Woods). Technical fouls—None. Rebounds— WWCC 29 (Andrews 8), YVCC 35 (January 6). Turnovers— WWCC 16, YVCC 10. Assists— WWCC 2 (Gibson, Henning), YVCC 10 (Blodgett 3).

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