Dayton bests Waitsburg-Prescott in District 9 opener

The No. 1 Bulldogs down No. 2-seeded Waitsburg-Prescott in a clash of the top seeds in the District 9 opener.

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DAYTON - The Waitsburg-Prescott boys' basketball team was conquered Wednesday night in Dayton by the Bulldogs in game two of the Southeast 2B District 9 tournament, 49-38.

Garett Turner led the Bulldogs with a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, with Kroft Sunderland throwing in 14 points and seven rebounds.

"I thought we did pretty good," Turner said. "Getting deeper into the (post)season there will be more pressure and we will be ready for it when it comes (regarding preparing for future games)."

Both teams added up their fouls in the first half, with Dayton fouling seven times and Waitsburg-Prescott six.

Zach Bartlow led W-P with 25 points and broke the 1,000-point barrier for his career during the tournament game.

"I knew I was close and it's nice that it is now off my shoulders (reaching the 1,000-points mark)," Bartlow said. "Now I can focus on the team and games. It is all about winning now; I don't want it to end.

"We didn't shoot very well, and hopefully next time we will work just as hard (as tonight) and it will come a little easier to us," Bartlow said.

"Dayton plays great defense," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "They were fired up and took away what we wanted to do. They were the aggressors on defense and took away our drives.

"We need more contributing from the rest of the guys," Scott said, regarding the second-highest scorer for W-P only achieving six points.

"I have coached Zach (Bartlow) for four years," Scott said. "They (Dayton) looked into limiting him and he battled his way through.

"Zach is the first kid I have coached to achieve breaking the 1,000-point barrier, and it was a pleasure to coach him."

Dayton stole the ball six times to W-P's three, and one of those steals led to Colton Bickelhaupt's breakaway layup to score two points for the Bulldogs in the second quarter.

Dayton took an early lead after W-P scored the first two points of the game, and did not relinquish its lead the rest of the game. The teams battled over Dayton's 10-point lead, which they achieved during the second quarter with 4:23 seconds left, when Sunderland tossed the ball in from the bottom of the key. W-P's Sterling Eastman fought back with a 3-pointer, but Turner followed pursuit and swished a 3-pointer himself. The first half ended with Dayton up, 23-13.

During the forth quarter, Turner sank two free throws to Dayton its largest lead of the game, 44-28.

"Defensively, it went well," Bulldog coach Roy Ramirez said. "I would like to see some more finish around the basket, though.

"We shared the ball pretty well with our top scorers giving the ball up so someone else could make the shot."

Waitsburg-Prescott plays Tri-Cities Prep in a loser-out game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Whitman College.

Dayton is now 20-1, and plays Walla Walla Valley Academy, a 74-66 winner over Liberty Christian Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Whitman.

Dayton 49, Waitsburg-Prescott 38

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (38) - Eastman 1-3 0-0 3, D. Estes 0-3 0-0 0, Brown 0-7 2-4 2, Lanning 2-5 2-2 6, Zuger 0-1 0-0 0, Acevedo 0-1 0-0 0, Bartlow 10-18 2-3 25, Diaz 0-0 0-0 0, Wooderchak 0-7 0-0 0, Dozier 0-0 0-0 0, Leroue 1-1 0-0 2, E. Estes 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 14-48 8-11 38.

DAYTON (49) - Frame 0-5 2-4 0, McCleary 0-0 0-0 0, Bickelhaupt 2-7 0-0 4, Schlachter 2-4 1-2 5, Fullerton 4-7 0-0 9, Lambert 0-0 0-0 0, Turner 6-16 4-4 17, Sanchez 0-0 0-0 0, Hayes 0-0 0-0 0, Sunderland 6-14 2-4 14, Ramirez 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 20-53 9-14 49.

Waitsburg-Prescott 4 9 9 16 - 38

Dayton 10 13 12 14 - 49

3-point goals - W-P 3 (Bartlow 2), Dayton 2 (Fullerton 2, Turner 2). Total fouls - W-P 15, Dayton 14. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-P 22 (Brown 7), Dayton 37 (Turner 10). Turnovers - W-P 9, Dayton 7. Assists - none.

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