Rada's 39 leads Warriors past Mt. Hood

Walla Walla Community College's Case Rada (3) is fouled as he drives between Gonzaga University Club Team players Jon Vimmerstedt (10, left) and Pierce Hudson (32, right) during the first-half of their game Friday night, November 30, 2012 in Walla Walla as part of the 2012 Warrior Classic basketball tournament.

Walla Walla Community College's Case Rada (3) is fouled as he drives between Gonzaga University Club Team players Jon Vimmerstedt (10, left) and Pierce Hudson (32, right) during the first-half of their game Friday night, November 30, 2012 in Walla Walla as part of the 2012 Warrior Classic basketball tournament. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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Walla Walla Community College's Jake Hight (14) slids through the key with posession of the ball as Gonzaga University club team players clear out of the way during the first-half of their Friday evening, November 30, 2012 game in Walla Walla as part of the 2012 Warrior Classic basketball tournament.

WALLA WALLA — Case Rada torched Mt. Hood for 39 points Saturday night as Walla Walla Community College’s men’s basketball team notched their first win of the season, a 101-75 romp over the Saints in the finale of the annual Warrior Classic in the Dietrich Dome.

Just a week earlier, WWCC opened its season with a 15-point loss to the Saints at Lower Columbia College’s Red Devil Classic.

Rada was 13-of-24 from the field and 8-of-15 from 3-point range. He scored 24 of his points in the first half as the Warriors built a 47-26 halftime lead.

“Case just set the table in the first half,” WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said.

In their Classic opener on Friday, the Warriors dropped an 88-84 overtime decision to a club team from Gonzaga University.

On Saturday, WWCC shot 49 percent (16-of-33) while limiting Mt. Hood to 24-percent efficiency (9-of-37) in the first half.

“Overall, it was a great defensive effort,” Reinland said.

Dylan Radliff contributed to Walla Walla’s big first half with 13 points.

After a scoreless first half, Caleb Bravard tallied 16 points with six makes in as many attempts including a 4-for-4 showing from downtown.

Eric Harr came off the bench and scored 14 points for the Warriors, eight of which came in the second half.

WWCC’s biggest lead of the game was 38 points, 92-54.

“Caleb stepped up big,” Reinland said. “Eric gave us a big lift. Dylan, Case and Hunter (Hahn) made the right decisions off their penetration. We had good ball movement and execution on offense.”

WWCC blew a 10-point lead late in the second half and were outscored 13-9 in overtime during its setback to Gonzaga.

Walla Walla shot just 31 percent from the field (26-of-83) and 56 percent (15-of-27) from the line.

“They were in the finals of club nationals last year,” Reinland said of the Bulldogs. “It’s the Warrior curse. Everybody plays good against us.

“Our kids played hard,” Reinland said. “It was a tough loss, but not a deal where we played poorly. When we were up 10, things were looking O.K. Then the lead evaporated.”

Rada led four Warriors in double figures with 25 points. Bravard and Harr added 13 apiece and Radliff scored 12 points.

WWCC travels to Moses Lake this weekend for the Big Bend Runnin’ Vikes Classic Friday and Saturday.

The Vikings went 2-0 during the WWCC Classic, defeating Mt. Hood, 83-74, on Friday and Gonzaga, 87-75, on Saturday.

WWCC 101, Mt. Hood 75

MT. HOOD (75) — Floyd 0-6 1-2 1, Rushton 1-9 1-3 3, Thomas 1-2 1-2 3, Iongi 1-1 0-0 2, Kohler 3-5 0-0 7, Updike 1-3 2-2 4, Green 0-0 0-0 0, Simien 4-8 2-6 10, Mitchell 6-19 8-14 22, Otis 2-7 0-2 5, Johnson 7-12 4-4 18, McMaster 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-72 19-35 75.

WWCC (101) — Bravard 6-8 0-2 16, Radliff 4-10 8-12 19, Rada 13-24 5-8 39, Mills 0-0 0-0 0, Reich 0-2 0-0 0, Hahn 3-7 1-2 7, Harr 5-9 0-0 14, Hight 0-1 2-2 2, Mortensen 0-1 0-1 0, Nooner 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 33-65 16-27 101.

Halftime — WWCC 47, Mt. Hood 26. 3-point goals — Mt. Hood 4-15 (Mitchell 2-3, Kohler 1-1, Otis 1-4, Floyd 0-1, Thomas 0-1, Updike 0-2, Rushton 0-3), WWCC 19-37 (Rada 8-15, Harr 4-5, Bravard 4-6, Radliff 3-7, Reich 0-2, Hahn 0-2). Total fouls—Mt. Hood 24, WWCC 24. Fouled out— none. Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Mt. Hood 45 (Mitchell 11), WWCC 34 (Radliff 6). Turnovers—Mt. Hood 17, WWCC 10. Assists— Mt. Hood 9 (Floyd 3), WWCC 13 (Harr 5).

GOnzaga Club 88, wwcc 84

GONZAGA CLUB (88) — Sanders 1-2 0-0 2, Beaucherie 1-3 1-1 3, Cole 3-8 4-6 10, Williams 3-10 3-5 9, Salay 12-16 1-2 25, Frame 2-7 2-4 7, Vimmerstedt 4-8 1-2 9, Sambou 9-16 0-1 19, Wiggins 1-4 0-0 3, Hudson 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 36-76 13-23 88.

WWCC (84) — Bravard 5-12 0-0 13, Radliff 2-10 7-8 12, Rada 8-27 3-6 25, Mills 0-3 0-0 0, Reich 2-6 2-3 8, Hahn 0-1 0-2 0, Harr 4-6 1-4 13, Hight 3-8 2-2 9, Mortensen 0-2 0-0 0, Nooner 2-8 0-2 4. Totals 26-83 15-27 84.

Halftime — Gonzaga 44, WWCC 39. End of regulation — Tied at 75. 3-point goals — Gonzaga 3-12 (Wiggins 1-2, Frame 1-3, Sambou 1-3, Beaucherie 0-1, Cole 0-1, Williams 0-1, Vimmerstedt 0-1), WWCC 17-41 (Rada 6-14, Harr 4-5, Bravard 3-9, Reich 2-5, Hight 1-1, Radliff 1-5, Hahn 0-1, Mortensen 0-1). Total fouls—Gonzaga 18, WWCC 22. Fouled out— WWCC (Hight). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Gonzaga 63 (Sambou 15), WWCC 56 (Hight 8). Turnovers—Gonzaga 13, WWCC 7. Assists— Gonzaga 14 (Sambou 5), WWCC 16 (Radliff 5).

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