Spokane men rally to top WWCC

The Warriors lose nine- and five-point leads in the 76-72 loss.

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Walla Walla Community College's Dustin Moore (No. 20) throws his arms to his left to fake a pass to a teammate in hopes that his Spokane defender will bite and give him room to work the opposite direction Wednesday.

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On the dribble, WWCC's Ryan Schulz (No. 12) charges toward the basket past his Spokane defender.

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Walla Walla Community College's Ryan Schulz (left) turns on the speed to fly past stumbling Spokane defenders en route to the basket Wednesday night.

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Walla Walla Community College's Ryan Schulz (No. 12) has a loose ball tipped away right over his head by Spokane's Preston Wynne (No. 4) during the first half of their game Wednesday.

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Walla Walla Community College's Mac Stannard (No. 23) looks to make a pass to teammate Aaron Corsi (No. 21) during the Warriors' game against Spokane Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA - Walla Walla Community College squandered both a nine-point, first-half lead and a five-point halftime margin Wednesday night and bowed to Spokane, 76-72, in an NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball game at the Dietrich Dome.

The win allowed the Sasquatch to maintain their share of first place in the league. Spokane is tied with Big Bend at 5-1.

Walla Walla slipped to 3-3 in league and 10-7 overall.

"Give them credit. They're a good team," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "Our kids played well, but we made a bunch of mistakes at the beginning of the second half."

The contest was in doubt until the final seconds.

Wednesday's game featured 12 ties. The last occurred at 72 on a pair of free throws by WWCC's Ryan Schultz with 1:08 remaining in the second half.

Spokane took the lead for good on its next possession that ended with a low-post basket by Danny Marshall with 50 seconds to go.

"We let some guys get free on us," Reinland said. "We broke down at some key times."

The Warriors had a chance to tie in the waning seconds, but Schultz - driving down the left side of the lane - was whistled for an offensive charging foul while dropping in a layup with 15 seconds to go.

"We got some tough calls in the second half," Reinland said. "I didn't see what happened (on the Schultz charge). I thought we had the and-one, but they called an offensive foul."

Spokane's Chaz Johnson made two free throws with 13 seconds remaining to ice the game.

The Sasquatch outrebounded the Warriors 45-40 but enjoyed a 32-19 edge in the first half.

"They killed us on the offensive glass," Reinland said. "We didn't help ourselves."

Aaron Corsi had a big game for the Warriors, scoring 20 points, grabbing 18 rebounds and dishing three assists.

Jason Smith put up 16 points and Schultz 13 in the loss.

Danny Marshall led the Sasquatch with 22 points, and along with Matt Barnes nabbed eight boards.

Walla Walla travels to Big Bend on Saturday.

Spokane 76, WWCC 72

SPOKANE (76) - Delgardo 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 4-11 5-5 15, Wynne 6-18 0-0 16, Jones 0-2 4-6 4, Pettersen 0-3 0-0 0, Barnes 3-7 2-2 8, Marshall 10-17 1-2 22, Frisbie 0-3 0-2 0, Brim 4-6 1-2 9. Totals 28-70 13-19 76.

WWCC (72) - Crane 1-1 0-0 2, Arias 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 3-11 0-0 6, Payne 3-11 0-0 6, Schultz 5-10 3-7 13, Smith 6-16 0-0 16, Moore 1-1 0-0 3, Corsi 5-9 10-12 20, Steele 2-4 1-2 7, Stannard 3-4 1-2 7. Totals 26-56 14-21 72.

Halftime score - WWCC 37, Spokane 32. 3-point goals - Spo 7 (Johnson 2, Wynne 4, Marshall), WWCC 6 (Smith 4, Moore, Steele). Total fouls - Spo 20, WWCC 17. Fouled out - Spo (Brim). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds- Spo 42 (Marshall 8, Barnes 8), WWCC 37 (Corsi 18). Turnovers - Spo 17, WWCC 22. Assists - Spo 8 ( Pettersen 4), WWCC 8 (Corsi).

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