Knights boys wins SE2B opener with Irish

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WALLA WALLA — Led by 16 points from Jordan Shuette and a double-double from Alexander Wagner, Walla Walla Valley Academy won a crosstown battle with DeSales Thursday night, 68-64.

DeSales (2-1, 0-1) entered the fourth quarter of the game — both teams’ Southeast 2B League opener ­— with a 51-48 lead, but the Knights (5-0, 1-0) were able to pull away thanks to some key free throws down the stretch.

“They are a good team,” DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said of the Knights. “We always want to take care of our business at home, but you’ve got to give them (WWVA) credit, they played hard today and they didn’t make a lot of mistakes.”

Shuette hit 7-of-9 field goals and 2-of-5 free throw tries. With nine boards he was one grab short of a double-double.

“He was the one player they really couldn’t deal with,” WWVA coach Scott Wagner said. “So he was kind of a difference maker.”

Wagner made two field goals, hit three 3s and 2-of-2 free throws to score 15 points and pulled down 10 boards.

“Alex Wagner had a great night,” coach Wagner said.

Mat Hanson was the final Knight to cross into double digits with 12 points.

Travis Haen’s 14 points led the Irish, with Matt Moore, a transfer from WWVA, chipping in 12, Adam Eskil 11 and Darryl Galloway 10.

“Eskil made some 3s in the second half that kept us in it, along with Darryl Galloway,” Griffin said. “Adam just played really well offensively and defensively, I was really happy with him.”

The Irish visit Tri-Cities Prep Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

WWVA hosts Asotin Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

WWVA 68, DESALES 64

WWVA (68) — Coseart 2 1-1 5, Evans 2 0-1 4, Hutton 1 2-2 4, Rose 3 1-2 9, Shuette 7 2-4 16, Awai 1 1-3 3, Hanson 4 4-9 12, Wagner 5 2-2 15. Totals 25 13-24 68.

DESALES (64) — Roach 0 1-2 1, Haen 6 0-0 14, Fazzari 1 0-0 2, Eskil 4 0-1 11, Richman 2 3-4 8, Moore 3 5-7 12, LeConte 1 2-2 4, Galloway 4 0-0 10, Richard 1 0-0 2. Totals 22 11-16 64.

WWVA 13 20 15 20 — 68

DeSales 14 22 15 13 — 64

3-point goals — WWVA 5 (Rose 2, Wagner 3), DeS 9 (Haen 2, Eskil 3, Richman, Moore, Galloway 2). Total fouls — WWVA 19, DeS 27. Fouled out — WWVA (Schulte), DeS (Moore, Fazzari). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWVA 40 (Wagner 10), DeS 31 (Roach 6). Turnovers — WWVA 16, DeS 18. Assists — WWVA 11 (Hanson 5), DeS NA.

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