Knights sizzle from downtown in big win

WWVA romps to a 61-48 win off 10 3-point goals and contends for a district seed tonight.

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Walla Walla Valley Academy's Zach Fry (No. 25) is swiped by Tri-Cities Prep's Kevin Daly (center) as he's fouled going for a shot during the Knights' tri-breaker game Monday at DeSales High School. WWVA won the game and fifth place in the Southeast 2B and continues play tonight at Liberty Christian.

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WWVA's James Beck (21) spreads his arms out to balance past a Tri-Cities Prep player while dribbling down court.

By DUSTIN HOLDEN

of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

WALLA WALLA - The Walla Walla Valley Academy's boys were sizzling from downtown, hitting 10 3-pointers, en route to a 68-41 romp over Tri-Cities Prep to finish fifth in the Southeast 2B League Monday night at DeSales High School.

The Knights now travel to Liberty Christian at 6 p.m. today to play for the fourth and final seed to the district tournament.

The Knights had three players in double figures, including wing Daniel Lomeland with 23, post

Max Failing with 15 points and point guard Matthew Moore with 13.

The first quarter saw Lomeland go wild from downtown, nailing 4-of-5 3-pointers, and Moore added a fifth trey for the team in the quarter.

"We shot pretty well," WWVA coach Scott Wagner said. "Daniel had a big game for us. He hasn't shot like that in awhile, but has had games like that before.

"Moore is just a sophomore point guard," Wagner said. "He showed a lot of maturity tonight and did a good job."

The Knights scored 23 points in the first quarter and held T-C Prep to 12 to set the tone for the game.

In fact, WWVA jumped out to an 8-0 lead before the Jaguars scored.

Defense was as key as the shooting for the Knights. Failing had three blocks and one steal in the first quarter alone.

The second quarter was much of the same for the Jaguars and Knights, as T-C Prep was outscored 22-12 in the second stanza.

Failing led the way in the second with five points, including a hook shot he sank and was fouled upon. He finished off the 3-point play with the free throw.

"Max was going up against (Jameson) Pederson," Wagner said. "He (Failing) was looking forward to that matchup and was ready for it down on the post."

In the third quarter, the Knights scored 16 points as the Jaguars put up just four.

Wagner credited his defense throughout the game.

"We have emphasized defense all season long," he said. "We are finally starting to defend like we're capable of playing."

The lead grew to 35 points going into the final stanza.

The fourth quarter had both coaches substituting freely.

"We have finished the season playing our best basketball and have got better all along," Wagner said.

WWVA 68, Tri-Cities Prep 41

T-C PREP (41) - Ver Steeg 5 1-2 11, Pederson 3 0-0 7, Scott 2 0-0 4, Redmann 3 0-0 7, Rivas 4 1-2 10, Ledesma 0 0-0 0, Daly 1 0-0 2, Ghirardo, D. 0 0-0 0. Ghirardo, J. 0 0-0 0. Totals 18 2-4 41.

WWVA (68) - Failing 7 1-3 15, Lomeland 8 0-0 23, Wagner 0 0-0 0, Moore 6 0-2 13, Hanson 2 0-0 5, Fry 0 1-4 1, Wittlake 2 0-0 4, Beck 4 0-0 8, Schuette 0 0-0 0. Totals 29 2-9 68.

T-C Prep 12 12 4 13 - 41

WWVA 23 22 16 7 - 68

3-point goals - WWVA 10 (Lomeland 7, Moore 2, Hanson), T-C Prep 2 (Pederson, Rivas). Total fouls - T-C Prep 11, WWVA 8. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWVA 33 (Fry 9), T-C Prep 28 (Ver Steeg 10). Turnovers - WWVA 20, T-C Prep 18.

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