Warrior men clinch tourney with victory over No. 1 Spokane

Mac Stannard's late 3-pointer lifts WWCC past first-place Spokane, 80-77, and into the NWAACC Championship Tournament.

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WWCC's Mac Stannard pulls down a rebound in a crowd of three Spokane defenders Wednesday.

WALLA WALLA - Mac Stannard drained a 3-point field goal try with 19.1 seconds left in the second half to give Walla Walla Community College the lead for keeps Wednesday night in an 80-77 NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball victory over first-place Spokane in the Dietrich Dome.

Stannard's trey was part of a game-ending, 9-2 run that earned the Warriors a spot in next month's NWAACC Championship Tournament in Kennewick. WWCC is now 8-3 in league and 17-7 overall.

"What a big shot by Stannard," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said afterward.

Jay Payne led Walla Walla with 20 points and was 6-of-12 from 3-point distance. Dylan Radliff added 15 points for the Warriors while Stannard dropped in 14 and Michael Crane contributed 10 points.

The loss left Spokane, No. 4 in the most recent NWAACC coaches poll, 8-2 in the East and 19-4 overall.

WWCC trailed 75-71 when Payne cut the deficit to one with a 3-pointer at the 1:54 mark of the second half.

Radliff, who made 11-of-14 free throws in the game, made one of two with 1:28 remaining to tie the game at 75.

Spokane's Preston Wynne, who scored a game-high 27 points, gave the Sasquatch their final lead of the night on a bucket with 47.1 seconds to go.

Following Stannard's trey, Spokane had one final chance. But its final attempt, a right-baseline jumper by Marlower Brim, was swatted away by Dallen Bills with just over a second left.

Radliff grabbed the loose ball, was fouled with .4 seconds on the clock, and sank two free throws for the final margin of victory.

The Warriors opened up their largest lead of the game - a 10-point spread, 26-16 - late in the first half before Spokane drew to within five, 37-32, by halftime.

Radliff had nine points to pace WWCC in half one. Stannard added eight and Hunter Hahn came off the bench to score seven points.

Payne scored 17 points after intermission, 15 of which came on 5-of-7 shooting from outside the 3-point arc.

"We executed well," Reinland said. "We got the ball to Jay for wide-open 3s. It was a big game for Jay.

"We got big buckets from Dallen and Jake Hight," Reinland said of the twosome that was a combined 6-of-7 from the field. "Jake came in and played great for us."

The Warriors' next game is Saturday at Big Bend.

WWCC 80, Spokane 77

SPOKANE (77) - Edwards 3-8 0-0 8, Wynne 9-21 7-9 27, Harvey 0-1 0-1 0, Holbrook 1-6 0-0 3, Pettersen 2-3 3-4 7, Bagby 1-5 0-0 3, Parrott 1-1 0-0 2, Frisbie 0-0 1-2 1, Evans 7-12 1-2 15, Brim 4-11 3-5 11. Totals 28-68 15-22 77.

WWCC (80) - Crane 4-9 2-4 10, Radliff 2-16 11-14 15, Payne 7-13 0-0 20, Stannard 5-10 3-4 14, Bravard 0-0 1-2 1, Bills 3-3 1-2 7, Hahn 3-8 0-0 7, Arias 0-0 0-0, Hight 3-4 0-1 6. Totals 27-63 18-27 80.

Halftime - WWCC 37-32. 3-point goals - CCS 6-24 (Edwards 2-5, Wynne 2-7, Holbrook 1-5, Bagby 1-5, Evans 0-1), WWCC 8-27 (Payne 6-12, Hahn 1-4, Stannard 1-5, Radliff 0-6). Total fouls-CCS 21, WWCC 16. Fouled out- none. Technical fouls-none. Rebounds- CCS 45 (Evans 10), WWCC 47 (Stannard 10). Turnovers-CCS 11, WWCC 11. Assists- CCS 6 (Pettersen 3), WWCC 6 (Stannard 3).

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