Pomeroy boys' rally falls short against DeSales

The Pirates battle back from a 44-38 fourth-quarter deficit to pull within one before the Irish secure the 51-48 victory.


WALLA WALLA - Pomeroy fought back from a 44-38 fourth-period deficit to narrow the DeSales lead to 49-48 after Matt FitzGerald's bucket with 50-seconds left here Tuesday in non-conference boys basketball action.

DeSales' Travis Haen's jumper missed with 20 seconds left. Nick Wales grabbed his 12th - and most important - rebound of the night for DeSales and put the miss back up and in for a 51-48 Irish lead.

The Pirates got up a desperation 3, but it missed and DeSales took home the 51-48 win.

"They (Pomeroy) crept back in it because of some turnovers, fouls, and bad choices," Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. "Nick has been getting so much better each week. Tonight, his rebounds were huge. That put back there at the end was pressure."

The Pirates scored the first six points in a turnover marred, up tempo start.

The Pirates and Irish combined for 14 turnovers in the first period - 47 total on the night - but Pomeroy escaped with a 10-9 lead after one.

Sean Beale knocked down all five of his second-quarter free throws, hit a deuce and a trey, and Pomeroy expanded their lead to 28-22 at intermission.

"That was our plan coming in, to push things," Pirate coach Brian Koller said.

The Irish regrouped and got seven points from Victor Mata and sprinted to a 22-10 third-quarter advantage.

"They started to push the tempo up against us," Koller said of the Pomeroy third period. "They got some easy buckets, plus they got to the foul line more than us (11 times for DeSales to seven for Pomeroy)."

The Pirates got two scores from Cody LaMunyan and a coast-to-coast drive from Tanner Feider to stretch the lead to 34-25 with 6:20 left in the third.

Mata scored the next five points, after the Pirate bench was assessed a technical with 4:36 left, Wales hit one-of-two technical free throws, and the Irish had the lead down to 34-31.

Lucas Fazzari sandwiched a free throw around two Spencer Cordeiro buckets, the last one on a full court drive, and the Irish took their first lead of the night at 36-35 with 3:10 to go in the third.

Tommy Gregg would add a trey, Sean Williams two free throws, and Fazzari closed the quarter with a triple and DeSales led 44-38.

"Our hope was to play with a sense of urgency," Griffin said. "We didn't do that in the beginning. I reiterated, at the half, that we needed to pick up the tempo and play where they were playing, They had a good tempo in the beginning and we didn't match them until the third quarter."

The fourth was scoreless until Williams drained consecutive shots to jump the Irish lead to 48-38 with 2:58 left.

The Pirates 6-foot-3 senior post, Justin Ruark responded.

Ruark scored the next eight Pirate points on his way to a game-high 18 points, and pulled the Pirates within 49-46 with 1:20 to play.

An Irish turn over led to the FitzGerald bucket to cut the lead to 49-48 and set the stage for Wales' clincher.

"We played relentlessly," Koller said. "It was a good effort all the way to the buzzer."

Ruark grabbed a game-high 16 boards and Beale joined Ruark in double digits with a 10-point effort.

The Pirates travel to Tekoa-Oakesdale Friday for a Southeast 1B battle.

Gregg led the Irish with 13 points and Mata added 10.

DeSales hosts Asotin Saturday in Southeast 2B play.


POMEROY (48) - Feider 2-7 0-0 4, Beale 2-7 5-5 10, Bolt 0-0 0-0 0, FitzGerald 2-5 0-0 4, LaMunyan 3-6 0-0 6, Wolf 0-5 0-0 0, Ruchert 3-10 0-1 6, Ruark 8-14 2-5 18. Totals 20-54 7-11 48.

DESALES (51) - Gregg 5-16 2-4 13, Donnelly 0-0 0-0 0, Fazzari 1-4 1-2 4, Williams 2-7 2-2 6, Solomon 0-1 0-0 0, Mata 4-9 0-1 10, Cordeiro 2-6 4-10 8, Elmenhurst 0-1 0-0 0, Leahy 1-3 0-2 2, Haen 1-4 1-2 3, Wales 2-3 1-3 5. Totals 18-54 11-26 51.

Pomeroy 10 18 10 10 - 48

DeSales 9 13 22 7 - 51

3-point goals - Pom 1-9 (Beale 1-2, FitzGerald 0-2, Wolf 0-2, Ruchert 0-1, Ruark 0-2), DeS 4-16 (Gregg 1-5, Fazzari 1-3, Williams 0-1, Mata 2-5, Elmenhurst 0-1, Haen 0-1). Total fouls - Pom 21, DeS 13. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - Pom (Bench). Rebounds - Pom 46 (Ruark 16), DeS 39 (Wales 12). Turnovers - Pom 25, DeS 22. Assists - Pom 8 (Beale 2, Ruchert 2, Ruark 2), DeS 9 (Williams 4).


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