Kennewick beats Wa-Hi boys

Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt drains 30 points as the Lions edge out the Blue Devils, 71-63 Saturday night.

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WALLA WALLA - A pair of devastating scoring runs - 10-3 to end the first half and 18-2 to conclude the third quarter - doomed the Wa-Hi boys basketball team on Saturday night in the Blue Devil gym.

So did Kennewick's Bryce Leavitt.

The 6-foot-4 senior guard cut and slashed his way to a game-high 30 points as the visiting Lions built a 17-point, fourth-quarter lead and held off a late Wa-Hi rally for a 71-63 victory.

Kennewick is now 2-0 on the young season while Wa-Hi slipped to 2-1.

"They're big, athletic, and experienced," Wa-Hi coach John Golden said of the Lions. "But our guys went toe to toe with them. I have no complaints."

On Friday night, the Blue Devils opened the road portion of their 2011-12 schedule with a 51-48 triumph over Pasco behind 16 points from Nick Peasley on 7-of-9 shooting from the field. Josh Eggers added 12 points for Wa-Hi.

The Blue Devils drew first blood on Saturday when forward Rob Ferenz - who posted a double-double with 10 points and an equal number of rebounds - banked in a free-throw line jumper at the 7:13 mark of the opening quarter.

Kennewick's Devven Ramos sank two free throws with 6:37 left to tie the game and scored on a drive with 6:07 to go to give the Lions a 4-2 edge.

The visitors would keep the lead until Peasley drained a 3-point goal with 42 seconds remaining to knot the score at 12-12.

Leavitt converted two free throws 10 seconds later to give the lead back to Kennewick by a quarter-ending, 14-12 count.

Trailing 22-18 two minutes into the second quarter, Wa-Hi went on a 13-3 run to claim a six-point margin, 31-25. Forward Tanner Cranor had six points during the stretch, including a layin with 2:19 on the clock to fashion the half-dozen point spread.

But Shaun Smith registered an uncontested layup as time expired to end the 10-3 spurt and give the Lions a 35-34 lead at halftime.

The first five minutes of the third quarter featured five lead changes and two ties. The latter deadlock was forged on a Leavitt layin with 2:59 to go that evened the score at 43 and commenced the Lions most crushing surge of the game.

Luiz Santiago knocked down a left-angle 3 as the third-quarter buzzer sounded to put Kennewick in front 59-45.

"We didn't answer their run," Golden said. "It was too much for us to overcome."

"We have good players," Kennewick coach Bradyn Leyde said. "We need to have more stretches like that."

The Lions led by as many as 17 points, 66-49, on a Domach Domach jumper with 5:51 remaining.

Wa-Hi used a 14-2 run over the next five minutes-plus to pull within five, 68-63, with 37.3 seconds left. Gabe Porter ended the blitz with a transition layin.

"They put pressure on us and hit their shots," Leyde said. "They did a good job coming back. They can shoot and are very sound fundamentally. Coach Golden does a great job."

"It was great for our guys to have that run," Golden said. "We got them rattled a little bit, but it wasn't enough."

Kennewick made three free throws in the final 33 seconds to clinch the win.

"We made enough plays at the end to get it done," Leyde said.

Eggers led the Blue Devils with 16 points. Cranor and Peasley added 13 points apiece.

"Rob and Tanner had great games," Golden said. "Josh and Nick have played three really good games."

Wa-Hi's next game is Friday at Hanford.

Wa-Hi 51, Pasco 48

WA-HI (51) - Eggers 6-12 0-0 12, Parnicky 1-2 0-0 2, Porter 0-1 0-0 0, Locati 2-4 1-2 6, Thonney 0-1 1-2 1, Peasley 7-9 0-0 16, Lesmeister 0-4 0-0 0, Arias 2-2 0-0 4, Jameson 1-2 0-0 2, Cranor 4-5 0-0 8, Ferenz 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 23-44 2-4 51.

PASCO (48) - Avery 7-11 4-7 21, Arroyo 2-3 0-0 4, Figueroa 1-8 0-0 3, Effain 0-1 0-0 0, Ballardo 4-14 0-0 11, Ramos 0-0 0-0 0, Perez 0-0 0-0 0, Torres 4-9 1-2 11, Uriostegui 0-0 0-0 0, Millard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-46 5-9 48

Wa-Hi 13 22 11 5 - 51

Pasco 19 8 16 5 - 48

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 3-6 (Peasley 2-4, Locati 1-1, Porter 0-1), Pasco 9-21 (Avery 3-4, Ballardo 3-7, Torres 2-4, Figueroa 1-5, Effain 0-1). Total fouls-Wa-Hi 12, Pasco 8. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Wa-Hi 27 (Arias 5), Pasco 28 (Avery 6). Turnovers-Wa-Hi 20, Pasco 17. Assists- Wa-Hi 13 (Eggers 6), Pasco 8 (Ballardo 4).

Kennewick 71, Wa-Hi 63

KENNEWICK (71) - Pocasangre 3-7 1-1 8, Leavitt 8-13 13-15 30, Mueller 1-1 0-0 3, Smith 2-2 0-2 4, Santiago 3-5 1-1 9, Powers 0-1 0-0 0, Clinton 1-4 2-3 4, Plew 0-0 0-0 0, Domach 3-6 1-1 7, Ramos 2-5 2-2 6. Totals 23-44 20-25 71.

WA-HI (63) - Eggers 6-12 0-0 16, Parnicky 0-0 0-0 0, Porter 1-2 0-1 2, Locati 4-5 0-0 9, Thonney 0-0 0-0 0, Peasley 4-7 1-2 13, Lesmeister 0-1 0-0 0, Arias 0-4 0-0 0, Cranor 6-11 1-2 13, Ferenz 5-11 0-2 10. Totals 26-53 2-7 63.

Kennewick 14 21 24 12 - 71

Wa-Hi 12 22 11 18 - 63

3-point goals - Kennewick 5-13 (Santiago 2-3, Mueller 1-1, Leavitt 1-2, Pocasangre 1-4, Powers 0-1, Clinton 0-2), Wa-Hi 9-16 (Peasley 4-6, Eggers 4-7, Locati 1-2, Porter 0-1). Total fouls-Kennewick 13, Wa-Hi 17. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Kennewick 25 (Leavitt 5), Wa-Hi 33 (Ferenz 10). Turnovers-Kennewick 8, Wa-Hi 18. Assists- Kennewick 10 (Leavitt 4), Wa-Hi 15 (Eggers 4).

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