Wa-Hi boys can't hold on to halftime lead, fall at Chiawana

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PASCO - Four Wa-Hi boys scored in double digits as the Blue Devils grabbed a 40-37 led at half in a Big Nine Conference match up with Chiawana, but it wasn't enough as the Blue Devils lost 73-69 Saturday night.

"We led most of the time in the first half," said Wa-Hi coach John Golden. "But we got down 71-61 with three minutes remaining in the game.

"We rallied back to score eight in a row to make it a two-point game. But then they made a pair of free throws with ten seconds remaining and we were down by four and didn't score again in the final seconds."

The loss drops the Blue Devils to 3-3 in league play while Chiawana is 5-0.

"Offensively, I thought we did a fairly good job," Golden said, "Defensively, we did OK. They just have so many weapons, guys who can score. We just let them get to the rim too much in that third quarter and got some easy baskets to build a lead."

The Blue Devils play Friday at Richland and host Moses Lake Saturday.

Chiawana 73, Wa-Hi 69

WA-HI (69) - Toon 0-1 0-0 0, Ceron 9-13 1-2 20, Handcox 5-14 0-0 13, Torres 0-0 0-0 0, Eggers 0-0 0-0 0, Campeau 0-0 0-0 0, Alden 4-11 1-2 10, Dunovant 1-5 1-2 3, Ferenz 6-14 2-2 14, Watson 2-9 5-6 9. Totals 27-67 10-14 69

CHIAWANA (73) - Downing 5-8 0-0 10, Walter 9-15 1-1 20, Zumora 4-7 1-4 11, Graff 1-1 0-0 3, Smith 6-15 4-4 17, Knight 2-4 0-2 4, DeWitt 2-4 2-2 8. Totals 29-54 8-13

Wa-Hi 20 20 13 16 - 69

Chia 16 21 21 15 - 73

3-point goals - Chiawana 7-15 (Walter 1-1, Zumora 2-3, Graff 1-1, Smith 1-7), Wa-Hi 5-15 (Toon 0-1, Cerone 1-1, Handcox 3-8, Alden 1-5). Total fouls - Wa-Hi 17, Chiawana 13. Fouled out - Wa-Hi (Eggers) Technical fouls - Chiawana (Smith). Rebounds - Wa-Hi 43 (Handcox 7), Chiawana 27 ( Walter 10). Turnovers - Wa-Hi 14, Chiawana 12. Assists - Wa-Hi 16 (Alden 10), Chiawana 10 (Walter 3).

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