Blue Devils' eruption not quite enough

Wa-Hi's boys overcome a slow start to score 28 fourth-quarter points, but still can't get past Eisenhower in the 53-50 Big Nine loss Tuesday.

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YAKIMA - Wa-Hi's boys basketball team shook off a slow offensive start to push Eisenhower to the brink on the road Thursday, but the Blue Devils ultimately came up just short, losing 53-50 to the Cadets.

After scoring only 22 points in the first three quarters, Wa-Hi (6-7, 3-2) erupted for 28 fourth-quarter tallies, capped by a Moe Handcox steal and break away lay-up with 30 seconds remaining to make it 51-50 Ike.

"We really struggled in those second and third quarters, but we pulled it together," said Wa-Hi head coach John Golden. "We had our chances."

After Handcox's basket cut the spread to one, an offensive foul on Eisenhower set up a chance for Wa-Hi to take the lead at the stripe. But Wa-Hi couldn't convert on its free throws attempts or a last gasp 3-point try to finish off its comeback as Ike picked up its first league win of the year.

The Cadets were led by 23 points and nine assists by Tanner Urlacher, while Wa-Hi was paced by 15 points from Seth Alden.

"This one hurts," Golden said. "We played good defense, but our offense was just too inept in those middle two quarters. Any road win is big in the Big Nine, but we know where we're going next so a win would have been nice to have going into a game against one of the best teams in our conference."

Wa-Hi has a bye night on Friday before heading to Chiawana Saturday.

Eisenhower 53, Wa-Hi 50

Wa-Hi (53) - Toon 0-3 0-1 0, Ceron 5-9 0-6 10, Swenson 1-2 0-0 3, Handcox 2-8 2-2 6, Torres 2-3 3-3 7, Peasley 0-0 0-0 0, Eggers 0-1 0-0 0, Campeau 0-0 0-0 0, Alden 5-14 1-2 15, Dunovant 2-7 1-2 5, Ferenz 2-7 0-0 4. Totals 19-54 7-15 50.

Ike (50) - Cassel 1-4 1-2 3, Gasseling 2-10 2-2 6, Oldham 0-2 0-0 0, Nickens 0-2 0-0 0, Clayton 6-10 0-1 13, Urlacher 6-7 11-12 23, An. Soto 2-4 2-8 6, Ab. Soto 1-3 0-1 2. Totals 18-42 16-26 53.

Wa-Hi 10 4 8 28 - 50

Ike 12 13 8 20 - 53

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 5 (Alden 4, Swenson), Ike 1 (Clayton). Total fouls- Wa-Hi 20, Ike 17. Fouled out - Ike (Clayton). Technical fouls - None. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 36 (Ceron 14), Ike 34 (Urlacher 9). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 13, Ike 16. Assists - Wa-Hi 12 (Alden 5), Ike 6 (An. Soto 3).

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