Wa-Hi boys rout Riverhawks

The Blue Devils race to a 27-11 lead after one and pound Chiawana, 76-54.

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Wa-Hi's Spencer Locati a group of spectating Riverhawks team en route to two points for the Blue Devils.

WALLA WALLA - Six-foot-6 forward Tanner Cranor proved to be too much for the visiting Chiawana Riverhawks to handle during Big Nine Conference boys basketball action Saturday night in the Wa-Hi gym.

Cranor scored 20 points on a beastly 10-for-12 performance from the low-post area in the Blue Devils' regular-season ending 76-54 romp.

Nick Peasley added 17 points for Wa-Hi and Josh Eggers chipped in with 15. Peasley made 6-of-10 shots from the floor including 5-of-7 from 3-point range while Eggers put in 7-of-9 attempts.

The Blue Devils shot 63 percent from the field (32-of-51).

"We shot the ball well," Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. "We executed very well. We moved the ball around and were unselfish (22 assists).

"Tanner played a great game," Golden said. "He's coming along. Nick shot the ball well the whole night."

The Blue Devils ended the regular season in a three-way tie for fourth place with a 5-7 league record and finished 9-11 overall. By virtue of a favorable tiebreaker, Wa-Hi will take the No. 4 seed into the district tournament and host Wenatchee next Friday in an elimination game at 7 p.m.

Wa-Hi drowned the Riverhawks early on Saturday, taking a 10-0 lead with just 3:07 gone in the opening quarter. The lead swelled to 27-11 by the end of eight minutes on the strength of nine points by Peasley, six by Cranor, and five from Eggers.

The lead ballooned to 28 points, 42-14, on a Kyle Jameson low-block bucket at the 4:08 mark of the second quarter.

Despite a sluggish end to the period, the Blue Devils led at halftime, 44-22.

"They are tough, strong, and physical," Golden said of the Riverhawks. "We defended pretty well in the first half."

Wa-Hi was able to maintain most of its staggering lead throughout the third quarter, though the Riverhawks closed to within 16, 57-41, on a Miquiyah Zamora trey with 39 seconds remaining.

But Peasley got that back with a long-distance effort as time expired to bring the score to 60-41.

Chiawana got no closer than 15 in the final quarter.

Zamora posted game highs of 24 points and nine rebounds.

Wa-Hi 76, Chiawana 54

CHIAWANA (54) - Torres 1-4 0-0 2, Downing 4-11 2-3 10, Z. Mendoza 6-9 0-4 13, B. Mendoza 0-4 1-2 1, Perez 0-3 0-0 0, Knight 0-0 0-0 0, Briones 1-3 0-0 2, Zamora 8-17 4-10 24, Babinchunk 1-2 0-0 2, Hergert 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 21-53 7-19 54. WA-HI (76) - Eggers 7-9 0-2 15, Rowley 0-0 0-0 0, Parnicky 1-1 0-0 2, Porter 0-1 0-0 0, Locati 3-5 1-2 8, Handcox 2-4 0-0 4, Peasley 6-10 0-0 17, Lesmeister 0-1 0-0 0, Arias 0-0 0-0 0, Jameson 2-2 0-0 4, Cranor 10-12 0-0 20, Ferenz 1-6 4-4 6. Totals 32-51 5-8 76.

Chiawana 11 11 19 13 - 54

Wa-Hi 27 17 16 16 - 76

3-point goals - Chiawana 5-17 (Zamora 4-8, Z. Mendoza 1-2, Perez 0-1, Torres 0-2, B. Mendoza 0-2, Briones 0-2), Wa-Hi 7-14 (Peasley 5-7, Locati 1-2, Eggers 1-3, Ferenz 0-2). Total fouls-Chiawana 11, Wa-Hi 14. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-Chiawana (bench). Rebounds-Chiawana 36 (Zamora 9), Wa-Hi 30 (Cranor 6). Turnovers-Chiawana 13, Wa-Hi 7. Assists-Chiawana 2 (Z. Mendoza, Perez), Wa-Hi 22 (Eggers 5, Peasley 5).

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