WALLA WALLA - All eight of the DeSales varsity boys basketball players scored seven or more points in beating the Mac-Hi Pioneers, 61-33, here Monday night.
"We run a fairly complicated offensive system that gets everyone involved," DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said. "These guys are picking up a little bit each week. Tonight was another step in the right direction, and hopefully the scoring will stay up consistently for the rest of the season."
All of the Irish scored seven points, but none of them scored in double figures.
It was enough to beat Mac-Hi, which was led by Jeremy Ley's 12 points.
Derek Richwine added eight points for the Pioneers and Dylan Shuler had seven, but the only other scoring for Mac-Hi came with Ricky Sandoval and T.J. Hinton, who had three points apiece.
"It is called basketball for a reason," Mac-Hi coach Curtis Carlson said. "The ball is supposed to go into the basket and we just aren't doing that. It comes down to making shots. We‘ve got to make more shots than the other team. So far, everyone is making more shots than we are."
Mac-Hi's opportunities were limited by 22 turnovers, compared to only 11 for the Irish.
DeSales had 10 steals and Mac-Hi only two. The Irish's Jeremiah Cox had a game-high three steals.
Griffin was pleased with DeSales defensive effort.
"One of our primary focuses is to close the lane and we did that," he said. "Then we had some quick guys out on the perimeter challenging shots, forcing turnovers and making steals. "
The Pioneers were outrebounded, 22-20, by the Irish. The leading rebounder in the game was DeSales' Reilly Roach with seven - three offensive.
Mac-Hi made the first hoop of the game and enjoyed its only lead at 2-0 on a basket inside by Richwine, assisted by Ley.
But the Irish got out to a 14-2 lead in the first quarter and were up 19-2 early in the second quarter before Mac-Hi started to respond.
Then the Irish scored 19 straight points over the next 9:45.
Nick Wales opened DeSales' scoring as he hit a layup to tie it at 2-all, and then assisted on a jumper to Garrett Leahy.
Spencer Cordeiro made a free throw, and Luke Fazzari dished out an assist to Cox for a layup. Next Cox hit a 3-pointer from the left arc and it was quickly 12-2 Irish with only six minutes having elapsed.
Darryl Galloway drove the hoop for two to close the first-quarter scoring.
"The first quarter, we played good offense," Griffin said, "but even better defense. On defense, we got back and stopped everything that they tried to get started. Then we put a little pressure on them in the frontcourt, which helped out a lot. Our guys came out with a tremendous amount of energy and really pushed it. I'm not a fan of slow starts."
After the first quarter, the Irish led 14-2 and they were just getting started.
Cordeiro scored inside on a second assist by Fazzari to open the second stanza. Fazzari buried a 3-pointer and the connection of Fazzari-to-Cordeiro on a cut to the hoop cashed in again.
Sandoval scored his only basket of the game for the Pioneers and Fazzari followed his own shot for the offensive rebound and score to make it 21-4 with six minutes remaining in the second quarter.
The scoring was even for the rest of the first half at 8-8 and the halftime score was a 17-point lead for DeSales at 29-12.
The scoring in the third quarter was a tepid 7-7 tally for both teams.
The action sped up in the fourth quarter with Irish scoring 25 points and Mac-Hi 14 to make the final score 61-33.
"In that fourth quarter they kept the pressure on, the full-court press," Griffin said. "We were able to decipher it and figure it out. We got a lot of quick and easy baskets."
After the game, Carlson stressed to his team that they need to get aggressive early and drive to the hoop for easy baskets. He did not want them to wait until they were down by 20 to start playing.
The Pioneers are now 0-6 and play again at 4 p.m today at home versus Touchet.
The Irish are 3-2 on the season and play again in the Whitman Christmas Classic Dec 27-29.
DeSales 61, Mac-Hi 33
MAC-HI (33) - Ley 6 0-0 12, Richwine 3 2-5 8, Shuler 3 1-2 7, Sandoval 1 1-2 3, Hinton 1 1-2 3, Ortiz 0 0-0 0, McElrath 0 0-0 0, Sheets 0 0-0 0, Williams 0 0-0 0. Totals - 14 5-11 33.
DESALES (61) - Roach 1 5-6 7, Wales 4 1-4 9, Leahy 3 3-3 9, Cox 3 0-0 8, Fazzari 3 0-0 7, Haen 3 0-0 6, Cordeiro 3 2-3 7, Galloway 3 1-2 7. Totals 23 12-18 61.
Mac-Hi 2 10 7 14 - 33
DeSales 14 15 7 25 - 61
3-point goals - Mac none, DeS 3 (Cox 2, Fazzari). Total Fouls - Mac 18, DeS 12. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - DeS (bench). Rebounds - Mac-Hi 20 (Richwine 4), DeS 22 (Roach 7). Turnovers - Mac-Hi 22, DeSales 11. Assists - Mac 5, DeS 8 (Fazzari 4).