Knights run roughshod over Pioneers, 70-36

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Mac-Hi's Derek Richwine (left) and WWVA's Matt Hanson battle for the ball Thursday night at the Pioneers' gym.

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WWVA's Alex Wagner pulls in the offensive rebound past Mac-Hi's Saul Ortiz during Thursday night's game in Milton-Freewater.

MILTON-FREEWATER — Walla Walla Valley Academy took advantage of 26 turnovers and made 16 steals as it won a lopsided boys basketball game with Mac-Hi Thursday night, 70-36.

Three different WWVA players reached double figures — Jordan Schutte, Matt Hanson, and Dustin Rose — and the Knights iced the Pioneers from the get-go, scoring 11 points before Mac-Hi got on the board.

Carlos Angel led the Pioneers (1-1) with 10 points on two 3s, a 2-pointer and two free throws.

“We just weren’t ready to play,” first-year Mac-Hi coach Travis Chester said. “You have nights like that and I guess it’s a learning lesson for these kids. You’ve got to show up every day, it doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”

WWVA (3-0) brought full-court pressure for most of the game, never letting the Pioneers settle into a rhythm on offense.

That led to easy transition buckets for the Knights, who made 48 percent of their attempts.

“We’re long and we try to work defensively to take advantage of that,” WWVA coach Scott Wagner said. “We try to get into passing games, and I thought the boys did a good job tonight.”

“We weren’t very disciplined getting the ball up the court, and that’s just being unprepared,” Chester said. “Mentally we just weren’t there tonight, and that had a lot to do with what happened on the other end of the court.

“It was pretty rare that we even got into our offense tonight.”

With six players at 6-foot-2 or better, including 6-6 post Shutte, the Knights held a significant height advantage and it showed in the battle of the boards, which they won, 43 to 26.

WWVA’s Hanson, a 5-10 guard who finished with 11 points, opened scoring with a pair of free throws at the 7:21 mark and the Knights never looked back.

Hanson, Shutte, and 6-3 guard Cameron Fitzgerald added scores to push the lead to 10-0 with 3:10 left in the first and WWVA finished the first quarter up 16-4 after allowing a pair of field goals from Mac-Hi’s Derek Richwine and Carlos Angel.

The Knights continued their onlsaught as the second quarter began. Shutte, who finished with 14 points, scored six in just over a minute to stretch the Knight lead to 27-4 with 5:37 left in the second.

Angel sank the first of his 3s on the Pioneers’ next possession to stem the bleeding, and Tyler Williams hit a layup to narrow the gap to 18, 27-9.

If there was a light, WWVA extinguished it with an 8-3 run to end the half up 35-12.

The pace picked up in the third, with WWVA outscoring the Pioneers just 19-13.

A Dustin Rose 3 stretched WWVA’s lead to 45-16 with 5:55 left in the third.

Mac-Hi answered with a Jeremy Ley basket and a 3 from Tyler McElrath, but WWVA ended the quarter up 54-25 on a 9 to 4 run.

Rose hit three straight jumpers, including one from 3, to open the fourth and buckets from Fitzgerald and Evans helped the WWVA lead balloon to 40, 65-25.

Both team platooned in reserves as WWVA cruised to the victory.

“The sun comes up tomorrow,” Chester said. “It’s a new day, it’s a new game. That’s the mentality that we have.

“It’s going to be a rollercoaster,” Chester continued. “These kids have had four coaches in four years, (and we have) a new system; we’re going to have days like this.”

WALLA WALLA VALLEY ACADEMY (70) SEmD Stewart 1 0-0 2, Coseart 2 0-0 4, Evans 2 2-4 6, Fitzgerald 4 0-1 9, Hutton 0 0-0 0, Lindsey 0 0-1 0, Rose 6 0-0 14, Dybdahl 2 0-0 5, Schutte 7 0-0 14, Awai 0 0-0 0, Hanson 4 3-3 11, Wagner 2 1-2 5. Totals 30 6-11 70.

MAC-HI (36) SEmD Ortiz 0 0-0 0, Saldana 0 0-0 0, Armenta 1 0-1 2, Shuler 0 0-0 0, Ley 2 4-5 9, McElrath 1 0-0 3, Angel 3 2-2 10, Richwine 2 4-7 8, Williams 2 0-1 4, Diaz 0 0-0 0, Perez 0 0-0 0. Totals 11 10-16 36.

WWVA 16 19 19 16 — 70

Mac-Hi 4 8 13 11 — 36

3-point goals — WW 4 (Fitzgerald, Rose, Dybdahl), Mac 4 (Angel 2, McElrath, Ley). Total fouls— WW 21, Mac 13 Fouled out— WW Evans. Technical fouls—WW Evans. Rebounds— WW 43 (Schutte 10), Mac 21. Turnovers— WW 13, Mac 26. Assists— 19 (Hanson 5, Wagner 5).

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