Panthers handle WWVA boys, 69-51

Sharp shooting and a swarming defense lead Asotin to the SE2B win Tuesday.

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COLLEGE PLACE - Asotin's boys basketball team methodically took down Walla Walla Valley Academy, 69-51, in College Place Tuesday night, behind sharp shooting and a swarming defense.

Walla Walla trailed the entire evening, beginning with a 16-9 run for the Panthers (10-4 in Southeast 2B League play, 6-1 overall).

"We knew it would be a tough game to come in here and try to to pick up a road win," said Asotin head coach Eric Spencer. "Even though we blew WWVA out the last time we played them, our guys didn't take tonight's game lightly."

Asotin took an eight-point lead into intermission as WWVA's offense struggled in the second quarter.

A Nathan Scheibe runner pushed the Asotin lead to 11 with 1:19 to go in the third. The deficit proved too much for the Knights (5-6, 1-5) to overcome.

"It's a little disappointing to lose, because we stuck with them," said head coach Scott Wagner. "We have a lot of young players, and overall we played solid defense. We just need to work on getting to the next level for us to beat a team like this."

The Panthers stretched their lead to 15 less than a minute into the fourth quarter and nursed the bulge through the final frame.

Asotin was led by a balanced scoring attack, which featured 18 points from Ben Servatius and 15 each from Drew Heitstuman and Nate Dalton.

Walla Walla was paced by 13 from Matthew Moore.

"This was a great example of how we play offensively," Spencer said. "We may not have a superstar, but we start five guys who can all shoot it. Everyone stepped up tonight."

The Knights were also plagued by 19 turnovers, which lead to several easy buckets for the Panthers.

"Between the turnovers and missed shots, we set them up for way too many easy shots," Wagner said. "There were stretches that we couldn't throw it in the ocean. We had good looks, but we just couldn't hit our shots when they were there."

Up next for WWVA is a trip to play DeSales on Thursday.

"We're going to focus on our offense and hope that we can execute a little better and shoot better," Wagner said. "We'll work on the little things, and hopefully we'll be better on Thursday. There's a lot for us to build upon here, and I think we're steadily improving."

Asotin 69, WWVA 51

ASOTIN (69) - Whitaker 0-0 1-2 1, McIntosh 1-1 2-2 4, Heitstuman 5-10 3-4 15, Dalton 6-12 2-4 15, Styner 0-0 0-0 0, Parsons 0-1 1-2 1, Servatius 6-11 6-6 18, Morton 0-1 0-0 0, Trimmell 2-11 0-0 6, Scheibe 4-7 1-4 9. Totals 24-54 16-27 69.

WWVA (51) - Failing 2-3 1-2 5, Moore 2-8 8-10 13, Fowler 2-5 0-0 4, Beck 3-5 0-0 7, Lomeland 3-15 1-2 9, Fry 0-2 1-4 1, Wittlake 3-4 0-0 6, Hanson 3-7 0-1 6, Wagner 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 18-48 12-19 51.

Asotin 20 13 15 21 - 69

WWVA 17 8 12 14 - 51

3-point goals - Aso 5 (Heitstuman 2, Dalton, Trimmell 2 ), WWVA 3 (Beck, Lomeland 2). Total fouls - Aso 18, WWVA 22. Fouled out - Aso none, WWVA 1 (Fowler). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - Aso 27 (Trimmell 9), WWVA 22 (Fowler 6). Turnovers - Aso 15, WWVA 19.

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