WWCC men fall at Big Bend, 79-70

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MOSES LAKE - Walla Walla Community College got off to a rough start, falling into a 16-1 hole at Big Bend before bouncing back to take a brief lead in the second half.

But the lead didn't hold, and the Warriors fell, 79-70.

"We made mistakes early and late in the game that put us so far behind and cost us our lead," said WWCC coach Jeff Reinland. "To come back from a deficit like that shows what we are capable of, but we just made too many mistakes."

The Warriors were paced by Aaron Corsi, who finished the night with 17 points and 11 rebounds.

"Aaron was solid, as always," Reinland said of his center. "We're at the point in our season where we have to find out if we're going to be a playoff team or have to start thinking about next year."

The loss drops WWCC to 10-8 overall and 3-4 in league play with seven games remaining.

"I really think we could be 7-0 in league right now is the most frustrating thing," Reinland said. "We need to stop struggling to finish games."

The Warrior will get their chance to break back into the win column on Wednesday against Columbia Basin.

Big Bend 79, WWCC 70

WWCC (70) - Crane 3-9 2-3 8, Case 0-0 0-0 0, Arias 0-0 0-0 0, Payne 4-11 0-0 10,Bills 0-2 0-0 0, Schultz 6-14 0-0 12, Smith 2-9 0-0 6, Moore 3-5 0-0 9, Corsi 6-6 5-8 17, Steele 3-8 0-0 8, Stannard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-64 7-11 70.

BIG BEND (79) - Brooke 0-3 2-4 2, Garrity 4-18 2-4 10, Pingel 4-8 6-7 16, Whitney 0-0 0-0 0, Robertson 0-0 0-0 0, Stanger 0-0 0-0 0, Olayinka 11-16 1-3 23, Skidmore 6-15 2-3 15, Funston 0-0 0, Buhler. Totals 29-70 16-24 79.

Halftime - BBCC 37, WWCC 29.

3-point goals - WWCC 9-31 (Crane 0-3, Payne 2-8, Schultz 0-2, Smith 2-8, Moore 3-5, Steele 2-5), BBCC 5-17 (Garrity 0-4, Pingel 2-5, Skidmore 1-4, Buhler 2-4). Total fouls- WWCC 18, BBCC 15. Fouled out- None. Technical fouls- None. Rebounds- WWCC 36 (Corsi 11), BBCC 46 (10 Olaykina). Turnovers- WWCC 16, BBCC 10. Assists- WWCC 12 (Schultz 7), BBCC 12 (Garrity, Skiidmore 4).

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