No. 1 Davis knocks Wa-Hi into losers' bracket

The Blue Devils defeat Moses Lake Friday night but fall against Davis, 66-43.

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YAKIMA - The Wa-Hi boys basketball team fell to the No. 1-ranked Davis Pirates, 66-43, here Saturday night in the semifinals of the Big Nine District tournament.

The Blue Devils shot just 34 percent from the field while Davis torched the nets at a 54-percent clip (27-of-50).

Tanner Cranor led Wa-Hi with 12 points and six rebounds. Nick Peasley added seven points for the Blue Devils.

"Davis jumped out on us early," Wa-Hi coach John Golden said, "It was 23-9 in the first quarter. Davis really played better than I've seen them play all year. Their defense was especially tough on us. We battled them awfully tough but gave up too many points off turnovers."

Wa-Hi advanced to the double-elimination round of the tournament after a heart-stopping 56-54 win at Moses Lake on Friday night. Peasley, who led the Blue Devils with 17 points, stroked a jumper as time expired.

After a timeout, Peasley dribbled the length of floor, worked around a screen, and drained a game-winning 12-footer.

The Chiefs' Bryce Perez banked in a desperation three-pointer with seven seconds left in regulation time to tie the game at 54-all and set the stage for Peasley's heroics.

Wa-Hi led by 15 points in the third quarter and were up by double digits in the fourth. The lead was squandered due to too many turnovers and missed free throws, Golden said.

Kyle Jameson added 13 points to the Wa-Hi cause.

"We really stuck in there despite mistakes and battled to get the victory," Golden said.

Wa-Hi's next game is a 5 p.m. elimination game on Friday at Chiawana, who the Blue Devils beat twice during the regular season. If the Blue Devils win, they would play Saturday against the loser of the district championship game, scheduled for Friday, between Richland and Davis.

Davis 66, Wa-Hi 43

WA-HI (43) - Eggers 1-8 0-0 2, Rowley 0-1 0-1 0, Parnicky 0-0 0-0 0, Porter 0-0 0-0 0, Locati 1-4 3-3 5, Handcox 0-6 0-0 0, Peasley 3-8 0-0 7, Lesmeister 3 1-1 7, Jameson 3-7 0-0 6, Cranor 5-8 2-3 12, Ferenz 2-8 0-0 4. Totals 18-53 6-8 43.

DAVIS (66) - Kupp 1-4 5-6 7, Acosta 0-1 0-0 0, Navarro 0-2 0-0 0, Luckett 8-15 1-3 17, Trimble 8-11 2-2 19, Wright 0-1 0-0, Viejarro 4-4 0-0 8, Lazzote 1-4 0-0 3, Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 4-7 1-2 9, Knox 0-0 0-0 0, Gasseling 1-1 0-0 3. Totals 27-50 9-13 66.

Wa-Hi 9 13 12 9 - 43

Davis 23 16 13 14 - 66

3-point goals - Wa-Hi (Peasley), Davis 3 (Trimble, Lazzote, Gasseling). Total fouls-Wa-Hi 13 , Davis 13 . Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Wa-Hi 33 (Jameson 6, Cranor 6), Davis 31 (Trimble 8). Turnovers-Wa-Hi 19, Davis 11. Assists- Wa-Hi 10 (Peasley 3), Davis 15 (Allen 4).

Wa-Hi 56, Moses Lake 54

WA-HI (56) - Eggers 2-8 3-5 7, Locati 1-3 0-0 2, Handcox 3-6 2-4 9, Peasley 6-13 1-3 17, Lesmeister 0 0-0 0, Jameson 6-8 1-1 13, Cranor 3-7 2-3 8, Ferenz 0-2 0-3 0. Totals 21-47 9-19 56.

MOSES LAKE (54) - Rubio 0-1 0-0 0, Hirz 1-8 0-0 2, Perez 7-16 5-11 20, Philips 4-13 2-2 10, Baker 0-2 0-0 0, Chavez 0-0 0-0 0 , Ulyenchuk 6-11 2-3 14, Bennett 2-11 4-7 8. Totals 20-62 13-23 54.

Wa-Hi 7 22 14 13 - 56

Moses Lake 10 10 11 23 - 54

3-point goals - Wa-Hi 4 (Peasley 4), Moses Lake (Perez). Total fouls-Wa-Hi 20, Moses Lake 16. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- Wa-Hi 46 (Handcox 8, Peasley 8, Cranor 8), Moses Lake 37 (Perez 11). Turnovers-Wa-Hi 18, Moses Lake 8. Assists- Wa-Hi 12 (Eggers 6), Moses Lake 10 (Hirz 3).

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