Walla Walla Valley Academy shines over Touchet

Daniel Lomeland scores 34 points and grabs 12 rebounds as Walla Walla Valley Academy takes a 67-37 boys basketball victory over Touchet.

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Walla Walla Valley Academy's Daniel Lomeland (left) goes up for a layin past the defense of Touchet's Zach Carson Tuesday night.

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Walla Walla Valley Academy's Matt Moore looks around two Touchet players for a pass Tuesday night.

COLLEGE PLACE - Walla Walla Valley Academy's Daniel Lomeland was truly a Knight in shining armor during boys high school basketball action here Tuesday night.

Lomeland scored a game-high 34 points and snared a contest-best 12 rebounds as WWVA improved its record to 3-2 with a 67-37 victory over short-handed Touchet.

"He's our best player," WWVA coach Scott Wagner said. "He has to do that. He has to get used to being the focus of the opponents' defense."

The Indians, playing without regulars Will Huesby and Vicente Flores, are now 2-5.

Walla Walla Valley edged its way out to a 14-10 lead after one quarter on the strength of seven points by Lomeland and five by Alex Wagner.

Touchet evened the score at 14-14 on a Connor McKeown bucket at the 7:10 mark of the second quarter.

But the Knights assumed the lead for good with seven unanswered points following McKeown's deuce.

Lomeland paced WWVA with 12 points in the period on 5-for-7 shooting from the field including a pair of 3-point goals on four attempts.

The Knights went into halftime up by 11, 33-22.

Touchet, which made just 3-of-21 shots from the field in the first half, used free throws to keep the game competitive. The Indians made 16-of-21 charity tosses in the opening two quarters.

Walla Walla Valley blew the game open in the third period by shooting 50 percent from the floor (6-of-12) compared with 31 percent (4-of-13) for Touchet. Seven points by Matt Moore and five apiece by Lomeland and Wagner extended the Knights' lead to 19, 50-31, heading into the fourth quarter.

"We took steps defensively," Wagner said. "That's where our focus is going to be - in practice and in our league."

Lomeland added 10 more points to WWVA's cause in the fourth frame.

Levi Evans gave the Knights a 67-36 lead, their biggest of the game, with a right-wing jumper at the 1:15 mark.

Moore and Wagner joined Lomeland in double figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

"Moore made good decisions and keyed what we did," Wagner said of his point guard. "Our team started to flow offensively. Offensive rhythm is a big deal."

Eric Hines led the Indians with 14 points and Zach Carson had 11.

"When you're missing a couple of key players, you need to step up and take on the challenge," Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. "They (the players) need to keep their chins up, (not) dwell on these games, and get better. Our kids always play with character - from the time the ball's tossed to the final buzzer."

Touchet's next game, also on the road, is at 4 p.m. today against Mac-Hi. The Knights compete in the Helix tournament Dec. 28 and 29.

WWVA 67, Touchet 37

TOUCHET (37) - Con. McKeown 1-4 0-0 2, Hines 2-11 9-10 14, Col. McKeown 3-6 1-2 7, Preciado 0-4 1-2 1, Martinez 0-6 2-4 2, Goble 0-1 0-0 0, Carson 2-7 7-9 11. Totals 8-39 20-27 37.

WWVA (67) - Flegel 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 4-14 4-7 13, Evans 2-3 2-2 6, Rose 0-3 0-0 0, Schutte 0-0 1-2 1, Lomeland 13-25 3-4 34, Hanson 1-5 0-0 3, Wagner 4-11 0-0 10, Cosaert 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 24-63 10-15 67.

Touchet 10 12 9 6 - 37

WWVA 14 19 17 17 - 67

3-point goals - Touchet 1-2 (Hines 1-2), WWVA 9-32 (Lomeland 5-12, Wagner 2-5, Hanson 1-3, Moore 1-7, Cosaert 0-2, Rose 0-3). Total fouls - Touchet 18, WWVA 21. Fouled out - WWVA (Schutte). Technical fouls - Touchet (Hines). Rebounds - Touchet 38 (Martinez 6), WWVA 44 (Lomeland 12). Turnovers - Touchet 18, WWVA 14.

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