WAITSBURG - Waitsburg-Prescott got 12 points from Zach Bartlow in the second period, breaking open a 13-10 game after the first quarter en route to a 71-41 win over DeSales in Southeast 2B boys basketball action Saturday.
Bartlow's explosion cued W-P's 20-point second quarter, then W-P went to intermission with a commanding 33-18 lead and the Irish never recovered.
W-P clinched the league crown and improved to 10-0 in league and 16-1 overall.
"It's been the story of our season to come out slow in the first quarter," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "We're going to have to figure that out. No matter what game it is, we come out and we're not ready to go. Then in the second quarter, like all year, we had really good offense and really good defense. Zach did go crazy and did what ever he wanted."
Spencer Cordeiro scored all six of his points in the second period for the Irish to keep DeSales somewhat in touch, but W-P's T.J. Hofer went off for nine third quarter points and W-P stretched the lead to 52-28 after three.
"We were just outmatched tonight," Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. "They (W-P) did a good job of scrambling for loose balls and they hustled to the ball. They work hard and they prepare hard. That's why they are league champions."
Bartlow, who poured in 17 first-half points, finished with a game-high 23 points.
The Irish tried to get back into this one by sending W-P to the foul line. W-P shot 18 free throws in the fourth period and made 13 of them as it stretched the lead to the final 71-41 margin.
"We played good defense all night and frustrated them," Scott said. "They were in a foul mold in the second half trying to catch up. We don't (usually) shoot very well from the free throw line, so it wasn't bad strategy. It started at the start of the fourth quarter, and I haven't seen anything like it."
Matt Hamilton joined Bartlow in double digits with 11 points for W-P. Hofer added nine and 10 W-P players got in the scoring column. Kris Cady grabbed a game-high eight boards to lead W-P to a 56-31 rebounding edge.
"Every guy that went in there played hard," Scott said. "We're going to keep working hard in practice and getting better in order to get where we want to go."
Travis Haen came off the Irish bench to score eight in the fourth and lead the Irish scorers. Sean Williams, Tommy Gregg, and Garrett Leahy each scored five for DeSales.
"We got a good look at a lot of young guys that have worked hard and deserved some game experience," Griffin said. "They got a good look at some very good ball players. It will help them in the long run. We've got to keep guys encouraged."
The Irish play at WWVA Tuesday.
W-P looks to wrap up a perfect league season with a battle against Tri-Cities Prep Friday and a trip to Liberty Christian Saturday.
WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT 71, DESALES 41
DESALES (41) - Gregg 1-13 3-6 5, Donnelly 1-5 0-0 2, Fazzari 1-3 0-0 2, Williams 2-5 1-2 5, Wales 0-3 2-7 2, Mata 0-1 2-2 2, Cordeiro 3-9 0-0 6, Elmenhurst 2-5 0-1 4, Leahy 2-3 1-1 5, Haen 3-8 0-0 8. Totals 15-55 9-19 41.
W-P (71) - Hofer 4-8 1-2 9, Cady 3-6 2-2 8, Zuger 0-3 0-0 0, Hernandez2-3 2-4 6, Bartlow 9-15 3-4 23, Brock 0-2 3-4 3, Wooderchak 0-2 2-4 2, Beasley 0-0 1-2 1, Brannock 1-5 0-0 2, Hamilton 5-7 1-2 11, Baxter 1-2 4-4 6. Totals 25-53 19-28 71.
DeSales 10 8 10 13 - 41
W-P 13 20 19 19 - 71
3-point goals - DeS 2-19 (Gregg 0-6, Donnelly 0-3, Fazzari 0-1, Mata 0-1, Elmenhurst 0-1, Haen 2-7), W-P 2-10 (Bartlow 2-4, Brock 0-2, Wooderchak 0-1, Brannock 0-2, Hamilton 0-1). Total fouls - DeS 22, W-P 15. Fouled out - DeS (Wales). Technical fouls - DeS (bench). Rebounds - DeS 31 (Waales 6), W-P 56 (Cady 8). Turnovers - DeS 12, W-P 15. Assists - DeS 6 (Williams 2), W-P 6 (Hofer 2).