Free throws costly for WWCC men at Spokane

The Warriors go 6-for-20 from the line in the 80-77 loss.

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SPOKANE - The charity stripe wasn't so kind to Walla Walla Community College in an 80-77 loss to Spokane in NWAACC men's basketball action Wednesday night.

The Warriors (6-6 in league, 13-10 overall) shot 6-for-20 from the line in the three-point loss.

"We shot 6-for-20 from the foul line, and that's the game," said WWCC head coach Jeff Reinland. "In a close game like that, when you shoot free throws lik that, that's what it comes down to."

They were down one at the half, 39-38, and though they kept it close, they could never seal the win against the Sasquatch.

"Part of the problem is that some of the guys that are more athletic, that are getting to the line, aren't our best free-throw shooters," Reinland said. "We're not that poor from the line, but it gets in your head and sometimes you just keep missing."

Spokane (9-3, 17-7) is second in the NWAACC and has already sealed a playoff berth.

"They're very good and we played them tough, but we could've won the game," said Reinland. "We just didn't make the free throws. We needed a couple of key stops here and there and we just didn't get them. But we had our chances on the line and we had a couple of wide-open looks from the 3 range late in the game.

"We could've won, but it didn't pan out for us."

The Warriors' season comes down to Saturday's game with NWAACC-East leading Big Bend (11-1, 19-4) and Wednesday's trip to Blue Mountain (5-6, 6-15). The Warriors need to win at least one of those to continue to the postseason.

Spokane 80, WWCC 77

WWCC (77) - Crane 4-11 0-2 9, Arias 1-1 0-0 2, Payne 2-5 2-2 6, Bills 0-0 0-0 0, Schultz 8-10 0-3 16, Smith 4-14 0-0 12, Moore 1-1 0-0 3, Corsi 6-13 4-11 16, Steele 2-3 0-0 5, Stannard 3-8 2-4 8. Totals 31-66 6-20 77.

SPOKANE (80) - Delgardo 1-5 0-0 2, Johnson 4-10 2-3 11, Wynne 6-14 0-0 17, Harvey 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 4-8 6-7 16, Pettersen 3-3 0-0 6, Barnes 1-2 0-0 2, Marshall 6-11 3-10 15, Frisbie 2-3 0-0 4, Brim 3-6 1-2 7. Totals 30-62 12-22 80.

Halftime score - Spokane 39, WWCC 38. 3-point goals - WWCC 9-27 (Smith 4-14, Stannard 2-4, Crane 1-3, Steele 1-2, Payne 0-2, Schultz 0-1, Moore 1-1), Spokane 8-27 (Wynne 5-13, Jones 2-4, Johnson 1-6, Delgardo 0-4). Total fouls - WWCC 14, Spokane 15. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - WWCC 38 (Corsi 10), Spokane 39 (Marshall 9). Turnovers - WWCC 9, Spokane 11. Assists - WWCC 11 (Schultz 60, Spokane 13 (Johnson 7).

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