WWVA defends home court with 64-47 victory over Mac-Hi

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COLLEGE PLACE — Four different Knights breeched double digits as Walla Walla Valley Academy defended its home court Thursday night with a 64-47 victory over Mac-Hi in non-conference boys basketball.

WWVA (8-0) led the Pioneers (1-7) 37-12 at the half.

“They got hot early,” Mac-Hi coach Travis Chester said. “Defensively they kind of took us out of what we wanted to do. We had some good looks, but we just couldn’t get anything to fall.”

“We knew that Mac-Hi was going to come out with a lot of energy and play hard tonight,” WWVA coach Scott Wagner said. “We really were focusing on playing good defense with our starting unit.”

WWVA’s Matt Hanson led all scorers with 15 points on a 5-of-6 shooting night, including a 2-of-2 mark from beyond the arc, and he made 4-of-4 from the free throw line.

Dustin Rose added 13, Alex Wagner 12 and Jordan Schuette 10.

“It was a pretty balanced night,” coach Wagner said.

Carlos Angel led the Pioneers with 12 points and Dylan Schuler contributed 10 more.

Cam Fitzgerald led the Knights with nine rebounds, while Tyler Williams pulled down nine for Mac-Hi.

Mac-Hi plays Friday, Dec. 28, in the Heppner Tournament.

The Knights are off until Jan. 4 when they visit the Helix Tournament.

WWVA 64, MAC-HI 47

MAC-HI (47) — Saldana 0 2-4 2, Ortiz 2 3-5 8, Schuler 4 0-0 10, Ley 2 0-0 4, McElrath 0 0-0 0, Angel 4 3-7 12, Richwine 2 2-4 6, Williams 1 1-2 3, Perez 1 0-0 2. Totals 16 11-22 47.

WWVA (64) — Cosaert 3 0-0 8, Fitzgerald 1 0-0 2, Rose 5 0-0 13, Schuette 5 0-1 10, Dybdahl 0 0-0 0, Awai 2 0-0 4, Hanson 5 3-3 15, Wagner 3 4-4 12.

Mac-Hi 5 7 15 20 — 47

WWVA 11 26 18 9 — 64

3-pointers — Mac 4 (Shuler 2, Ortiz, Angel), WWVA 9 (Cosaert 2, Rose 3, Hanson 2, Wagner 2). Total fouls — Mac 15, WWVA 15. Fouled out — Mac (Richwine), WWVA none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounding — Mac 25 (Williams 9), WWVA 26 (Fitzgerald 9). Turnovers — Mac 13, WWVA 20. Assists — Mac 6 (Angel 2), WWVA 12 (Wagner 4).

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