COLLEGE PLACE - Following a 3-ball by DeSales' Darryl Galloway with six minutes left in the game, the Irish had come all the way back from a 10-point Walla Walla Valley Academy halftime lead to tie at 41-41 here Tuesday in Southeast 2B boys basketball action.
Daniel Lomeland responded for the Knights. Lomeland scored 17 points over the last six minutes to lead the Knights on a 24-9 run to close out the game.
Walla Walla took a 65-50 decision to cap senior night.
Lomeland, a senior, got a scoring assist from junior Matthew Moore. Moore scored five in the run, and pushed the ball to open the floor for Lomeland to drain three treys during his 17-point run.
"Matt (Moore) creates a lot of openings for him (Lomeland)," Knights coach Scott Wagner said. "They fed off of each other tonight. When Daniel gets hot, he shoots very well."
The Knights won this one with first-, second- and fourth-quarter finishes.
Following a Spencer Cordeiro bucket - his sixth point of the quarter - DeSales had an 11-7 lead with 2:05 left in the first quarter.
The Knights used a three-point play from Lomeland, and a late bucket by Moore to lead 12-11 after one.
Paul Elmenhurst converted a Luke Fazzari feed to cap a 6-2 Irish run and pull DeSales within 21-19 with 3:30 left in the half.
Moore scored four, including a coast-to-coast drive that he finished with a spin move in the lane, Lex Saturno drained a trey, and Lomeland hit a buzzer-beater as WWVA closed the half on a 11-3 run to lead 32-22 at intermission.
Lomeland and company then finished the fourth quarter to pull out the win.
"One of the things we wanted to do better (this year) was close out quarters," Wagner said. "We had a lot of energy and did a good job of finishing (tonight)."
The Irish went to a zone defense to open the third and limited the Knights to 3-of-13 shooting from the field, and forced seven WWVA turnovers.
DeSales hit 6-of-7 free throw opportunities in the quarter with Travis Haen's pair cutting the Knight lead to 37-36 with 1:08 to play.
Senior Brian Flegel hit a put back for the Knights as time expired and WWVA went to the fourth up 39-36.
"They changed up their defense," Wagner said. "We had a hard time adjusting, but we worked our way through it."
Matt Hanson put the Knights up 41-36, but Fazzari answered for the Irish to open the fourth.
Galloway made a steal on the ensuing Knight possession and got an inside-out feed from Nick Wales to drain his 3 and knot it at 41-41 with six minutes left.
The Knights turned the Irish over on their next four trips, with Moore converting the first turnover and dishing to Lomeland to convert the second. The Knights jumped to a 45-41 lead with 5:14 to play.
The rest belonged to Lomeland.
"We threw them off balance (with the zone)," Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. "They have a tremendous guard in Matt Moore, who really runs the floor. When he went out (for a breather), we tied it up. Then he came back and they shot well from the outside."
The Irish had no answer for Lomeland and gave up 16 offensive rebounds.
"We didn't close out or guard him (Lomeland) very well," Griffin added. "We gave them way too many second chances."
Lomeland completed a double-double with a 30-point effort and a game-high 10 rebounds. Moore finished with 17.
The win closed out the Knights' SE2B regular season. Following the Friendship Classic Tournament this weekend, the Knights open district tournament play Tuesday.
"I'm proud of our seniors (Flegel, Saturno, Graeme Thorn and Lomeland) tonight," Wagner said. "They've been a lot of fun to coach. I'm excited with where we are at. This team is coming together at the right time of the year."
The Irish were led by Cordeiro's 10 points, Haen's nine and Galloway's five assists. The Irish finish their season at Dayton Friday.
"We played hard, but have some work to do on blocking out," Griffin said. "We learned a lot. I'm looking forward to helping these guys get better."
Walla Walla Valley Academy 65, DeSales 50
DESALES (50) - Roach 1-2 1-2 3, Haen 3-6 2-2 9, Fazzari 2-5 0-2 4, Richman 0-2 0-0 0, Wales 1-2 0-2 2, Cordeiro 4-11 2-5 10, LeConte 0-0 0-0 0, Galloway 2-4 0-0 5, P. Elmenhurst 2-2 0-1 4, A. Elmenhurst 3-3 1-1 7, Leahy 2-4 2-2 6. Totals 20-41 8-17 50.
WWVA (65) - Flegel 1-2 0-0 2, Moore 8-16 1-2 17, Evans 2-2 0-0 4, Saturno 1-1 0-0 3, Lindsey 0-1 0-0 0, Rose 0-0 0-0 0, Thorn 0-1 0-0 0, Lomeland 12-23 1-1 30, Hanson 2-5 0-0 5, Wagner 1-8 2-2 4, Cosaert 0-0 0-0 0, Awi 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 27-59 4-5 65.
DeSales 11 11 14 14 - 50
WWVA 12 20 7 26 - 65
3-point goals - DeS 2-7 (Roach 0-1, Haen 1-4, Richman 0-1, Galloway 1-1), WWVA 7-23 (Moore 0-2, Saturno 1-1, Thorn 0-1, Lomeland 5-11, Hanson 1-2, Wagner 0-6). Total fouls - DeS 13, WWVA 14. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - DeS 33 (Cordeiro 4, Wales 4, Fazzari 4), WWVA 29 (Lomeland 10). Turnovers - DeS 21, WWVA 14. Assists - DeS 13 (Galloway 5), WWVA 13 (Hanson 6).