Mac-Hi trounces Helix boys

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MILTON-FREEWATER — Mac-Hi’s boys basketball team pummeled the Class 1A Helix Grizzlies, 61-36, in its first game of the season Tuesday.

“We mixed up our defense a little bit,” Mac-Hi coach Travis Chester said. “We pressed a little early and then dropped back to play some good man-to-man defense.”

Mac-Hi’s 6-foot, 3-inch post Derek Richwine scored 20 points and pulled down eight boards. Tyler Williams added eight rebounds, while Dylan Shuler contributed 11 points.

For Helix, Dusty Bennett pumped in 14 points and Jason Bushman connected on two 3-pointers en route to 16 points.

“I thought we played pretty well overall,” Helix coach Luke Hegdal said. “I think we surprised them in some ways.

“As a coach, there are always things you want to fix, but by-and-large it was a pretty solid game for us.”

Only two other Helix players were able to contribute points.

“Helix really put up a good effort for only having about 15 guys total on the (junior varsity) and varsity,” Chester said. “They really put up a good fight on tired legs. If they hadn’t been winded, it could have been a different story.”

Ten Mac-Hi players cracked the scoring column in the win.

“Overall, it was good to get that monkey off our backs of not having won in awhile,” Chester said.

The Pioneers host Walla Walla Valley Academy Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

Helix heads to Bickleton Friday for a 7:30 p.m. tilt.

MAC-HI 61, HELIX 36

HELIX (36) — Bennett 5 4-5 14, Rochelle 2 0-2 4, Hack 0 0-0 0, Thompson 1 0-4 2, Bushman 7 0-0 16, Clark 0 0-0 0 Cope 0 0-0 0 Sprenger 0 0-0 0. Totals 14 6-14 36.

MAC-HI (61) — Saldana 1-2 2-2 7, Ortiz 1 0-1 2, Armenta 0 0-0 0, Shuler 4 2-2 11, Ley 0-0 1-1 1, McElrath 1 0-0 2, Angel 3 0-0 6, Richwine 9 2-3 20, Williams 0 3-3 3, Diaz 2 0-2 4, Perez 2 0-0 5. Totals — 21-47 10-16.

Helix 8 10 9 9 — 36

Mac-Hi 11 19 18 13 — 61

3-point goals — Helix 2 (Bushman 2), Mac-Hi 3 (Shuler, Saldana, Perez). Totals fouls — Helix 18, Mac-Hi 20 Fouled out — Helix (Hack). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — 33 (Richwine 8, Williams 8). Turnovers — Helix 30, Mac-Hi 21. Assists — Mac-Hi 13 (Ortiz 3).

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