Warrior men battle own flaws to top Yaks

Late fouls and an off night shooting don't keep the Warriors from an 87-81 win.

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The Warriors' Aaron Corsi hauls down an offensive rebound against Yakima Wednesday night. Corsi and Ryan Schultz had 27 points each for Walla Walla in the 87-81 win.

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Walla Walla Community College's Ryan Schultz slices through two Yakima Valley defenders for two points during their game Wednesday night. Schultz had 27 points in WWCC's 87-81 win.

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WWCC's Mac Stannard gives Yakima's Tomas Ogbaslassie the brush off as he drives past during the first half of Walla Walla's win over Yakima Wednesday night.

WALLA WALLA - Dubious shooting and careless fouls kept Walla Walla Community College's game with Yakima Valley close Wednesday night.

But in the end, the Warriors pulled out an 87-81 victory over the visiting Yaks in NWAACC men's basketball action.

The Warriors shot 33-of-69 for 48 percent from field-goal range, 6-for-26 in 3s and went 15-of-25 in free throws.

"Our free throw shooting was suspect," said WWCC coach Jeff Reinland. "It seemed like we were 1-for-2 the whole night, and for us to shoot 6-of-26 from 3, when we really were getting looks - the guys didn't get going."

The Yaks opened with the tip and grabbed a slim early lead.

Yakima's Ryan Dornik sank a trey and grabbed his own rebound for two, helping the Yaks to a 16-11 lead with 14 minutes to play in the first.

But Ryan Schultz responded with six points of his own while Aaron Corsi contributed four, and the Warriors had their first tie of the game at 22-all with 10:46 to play.

The Warriors and Yaks knotted it up twice more in the half, but another Schultz field goal propelled the Warriors up for good, 37-36, and six more points off Corsi helped move the Warriors to a 44-36 halftime lead.

Schultz contributed 27 points on the night.

Early in the second half, WWCC grabbed a 53-43 lead, but Yakima surged back for a 56-54 hole.

It became the story of the next few minutes, as WWCC grabbed big leads and Yakima closed within a shot or two.

"We'd think we had it won, and then the lead would go down right away," Reinland said.

The Warriors had an 80-66 lead with less than two minutes to play, but Yakima cut into it with a Willie Blodgett trey and four points of Terrell Evans.

Then WWCC started making mistakes.

Corsi, who scored 27 points, picked up two offensive fouls to meet the bench with five with under a minute to play, while Yakima scrambled, cutting the 11-point lead to five.

The Warriors held on for the late win.

"I didn't like how we finished," Reinland said. "We made mistakes and Aaron (Corsi) had those two dumb offensive fouls. It really hurt us."

But the win stands and improves the Warriors to 3-1 in league and 10-5 overall.

"We did what we had to do to win, and we played good defense to the end," Reinland said. "They're a pretty athletic, talented team. It was hard to get things going, but we did, and onto the next one."

Yakima falls to 1-3 and 8-7.

The Warriors travel to Wenatchee (2-2, 8-6) on Saturday.

WWCC 87, Yakima Valley 81

YAKIMA VALLEY (81) - Hill 5-15 2-3 12, Bush 1-5 0-1 2, Blodgett 5-12 5-5 18, Riggins 0-0 0-0 0, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Ogbaslassie 3-11 1-2 7, Evans 8-12 4-6 20, Sandifer 1-2 0-0 2, Dornik 5-10 3-3 15, Bonser 1-3 0-0 2, Diggs 1-2 1-1 3, Totals 30-73 16-20 81.

WWCC (87) - Crane 5-10 1-2 13, Arias 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 0-3 0-0 0, Schultz 10-18 6-10 27, Smith 2-11 0-0 4, Moore 3-8 0-0 9, Corsi 11-14 5-8 27, Steele 0-1 0-1 0, Stannard 2-4 3-4 7, Totals 33-69 15-25 87.

Halftime score - YVC 38, WWCC 44. 3-point goals - YVC 5-14 (Blodgett 3-7, Dornik 2-4, Hill 0-1, Bush 0-1, Ogbaslassie 0-1), WWCC 6-26 (Crane 2-4, Moore 3-8, Schultz 1-3, Smith 0-8, Payne 0-2, Steele 0-1). Total fouls - YVC 19, WWCC 18. Fouled out - Hill, Brown (YVC), Crane, Corsi (WWCC). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - YVC 38 (Hill 6, Ogbaslassie 6, Dornkik 6), WWCC 46 (Corsi 14). Turnovers - YVC 12, WWCC 11. Assists - YVC 8 (Blodgett 4), WWCC 11 (Schultz 5).

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