Irish, Indian boys among D.A. Davidson victors

DeSales’ Reilly Roach (second from left) makes a pass against Weston-McEwen’s defense at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic on Thursday. The Irish won the game in overtime, 72-70.

DeSales’ Reilly Roach (second from left) makes a pass against Weston-McEwen’s defense at the D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic on Thursday. The Irish won the game in overtime, 72-70. Photo by Joe Tierney.

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WALLA WALLA — Thursday’s first session of the annual D.A. Davidson Christmas Classic in the DeSales High School gymnasium included an overtime victory for the Irish boys basketball team and two other boys games that were decided by 10-point margins.

DeSales rallied from a 13-point, first-quarter deficit to nip Weston-McEwen, 72-70, Touchet built a 16-point halftime lead and hung on to defeat Waitsburg-Prescott, 58-48, and two-time defending Classic champion University Prep downed Valley Christian, 65-55.

Today’s late schedule includes a 2 p.m. contest between DeSales and Valley Christian and a 5:30 tussle pitting Touchet against University Prep. The winners will advance to Saturday’s championship game at 5:30 p.m.

In earlier action set for today, Weston-McEwen was scheduled to battle Waitsburg-Prescott.

DeSales 72, W-M 70

The Irish (4-3) trailed 27-14 after one quarter and 39-28 at halftime before staging a comeback that resulted in a fourth-quarter lead.

Weston-McEwen (7-3) tied the game at 64 on a 3-point basket by Lance Thacker with 14 second left that forced overtime.

But DeSales connected on six-of-eight free throws in the extra period to eke out the win.

The TigerScots’ Calvin Thacker had a chance to force a second overtime, but his base-line jumper missed the mark as time ran out.

Luke Fazzari led four Irish scorers in double figures with 17 points, Reilly Roach and Travis Haen scored 14 points apiece, and Matthew Moore added 10.

Roach also grabbed 15 rebounds as DeSales outboarded Weston-McEwen, 59-51.

“We did what we had to do,” DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said. “We never gave up. We’ve been in a few close games. We have a system and the guys stayed within it. We can still accomplish a lot.”

Tyler Peterson led the TigerScots with 28 points and Nick Pease contributed 17.

“We came out in the third quarter and were standing around on both ends of the floor,” W-M coach Brian Pickard said. “In the fourth quarter, we made small adjustments on defense and we got some fast-break baskets.”

Weston-McEwen hurt itself by going 14-of-29 from the free-throw line.

“You’re not going to win many games missing free throws,” Pickard said. “We have to be able to execute and finish teams off.”

Touchet 58, W-P 48

Ruben Butler scored a game-high 12 points for the Indians (3-5).

“It was rough towards the end,” Touchet coach Tim McKeown said. “We had a comfortable lead. Then I looked up, and they were right back in the game.

““We haven’t jelled yet,” McKeown said. “Our outside shots (weren’t) falling, but we did a lot of good work inside.”

W-P’s Seth Deal led all scorers with 15 points and teammate Owen Lanning chipped in with 13.

“Our help-side defense wasn’t very good,” said W-P coach Tavis Crittenden, whose team slipped to 1-7. “Our kids did a great job in the second half, but we missed too many easy shots.”

DeSales 72, Weston-McEwen 70

WESTON-MCEWEN (70) — C. Thacker 3-7 2-2 8, L. Thacker 4-12 4-7 14, Ramirez 1-9 1-2 3, McAllister 0-3 0-0 0, Peterson 11-19 6-15 28, Pease 8-15 1-3 17. Totals 27-65 14-29 70.

DESALES (72) — Roach 7-14 0-2 14, Haen 5-15 4-4 14, Fazzari 8-18 1-5 17, Eskil 1-9 2-2 4, Richman 3-10 1-2 8, Cortez 0-1 0-0 0, Moore 5-10 0-1 10, LeConte 1-2 0-0 2, Galloway 1-1 0-0 3, Niedema 0-0 0-0 0, Crowley 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 31-80 8-16 72.

Weston-McEwen 27 12 9 16 6 — 70

DeSales 14 14 24 12 8 — 72

3-point goals — Weston-McEwen 2-10 (L. Thacker 2-7, Ramirez 0-3), DeSales 2-13 (Galloway 1-1, Richman 1-4, Eskil 0-1, Cortez 0-1, Moore 0-2, Haen 0-4). Total fouls—Weston-McEwen 18, DeSales 21. Fouled out—Weston-McEwen (L. Thacker, Pease), DeSales (Roach). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Weston-McEwen 51 (Peterson 10), DeSales 59 (Roach 15). Turnovers—Weston-McEwen 27, DeSales 30.

Touchet 58, Waitsburg-Prescott 48

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (48) — Estes 2-10 1-4 6, Deal 5-11 2-2 15, Acevedo 0-3 4-5 4, Lanning 3-9 7-9 13, Alexenko 0-2 0-0 0, Leroue 1-2 1-4 3, Brown 1-1 0-0 2, Dozier 1-8 3-8 5. Totals 13-46 18-32 48.

TOUCHET (58) — Con. McKeown 1-7 3-4 5, Col. McKeown 2-9 4-4 9, Ochoa 1-2 2-2 5, Butler 4-7 4-4 12, Martinez 4-10 0-2 8, Rincon 2-10 3-5 7, Flores 2-6 2-5 6, Carson 3-7 0-0 6, Weber 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-58 18-26 58.

Waitsburg-Prescott 3 14 11 20 — 48

Touchet 9 24 10 15 — 58

3-point goals — Waitsburg-Prescott 4-14 (Deal 3-7, Estes 1-6, Lanning 0-1), Touchet 2-10 (Ochoa 1-1, Col. McKeown 1-5, Rincon 0-1, Con. McKeown 0-3). Total fouls—Waitsburg-Prescott 25, Touchet 21. Fouled out—Waitsburg-Prescott (Dozier), Touchet (Martinez). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Waitsburg-Prescott 44 (Dozier 8), Touchet 50 (Martinez 8, Carson 8). Turnovers—Waitsburg-Prescott 18, Touchet 15.

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