HERMISTON - The Walla Walla Jayhawks eighth grade AAU basketball team finished second after suffering a 67-61 loss to Richland in the championship game of the ninth annual Best Of The West tournament in Hermiston last weekend. The loss marred an otherwise perfect weekend, with Walla Walla taking a 5-0 record into the game.
In pool play, the Jayhawks opened with a 58-23 win over Baker City, then defeated Hermiston 56-55, Richland 68-64 and La Grande 51-34. The team advanced to the championship game with a 43-39 defeat of Pendleton in the semifinals.
Players for the Jayhawks are Kyle Barker, Trever Coronado, Ethan Gardner, Tyler Jones, Colter Mckeown, Reid Magnaghi, Andrew Miller and Cameron Richman. The team is coached by Mike Jones, Scott Magnaghi and Al Barker.