WALLA WALLA - Dayton's Hayden Fullerton and Garett Turner scored 15 points apiece to lead their team to a 57-56 win in a shootout in the District 9 Class 2B boys championship game over Waitsburg-Prescott on George Ball Court at Whitman College Monday night.
The Bulldogs' Kroft Sunderland added 10 points and eight boards to contribute to the balanced scoring attack for Dayton.
"We have to get scoring from everywhere and we need that," Dayton coach Roy Ramirez said. "Especially against Waitsburg-Prescott, because they're a great basketball team. They came out with a lot of fire and every time we play them close."
The game began with W-P and Dayton trading hoops to a 4-4 tie just 1:30 into the game.
Next, Zach Bartlow hit one of two free throws and Fullerton scored on the fastbreak to make it 6-5 at the 4:20 mark.
Fullerton followed with a bomb from downtown and Dalton Estes converted a 3-point play the old-fashioned way to put the score at 9-8. Fullerton made two free throws and Sterling Eastman swished a 3 from the top of the key.
Bartlow put one back on the offensive boards, and Turner made a pair from the line to make it 13-all at the end of the first quarter.
W-P started the second quarter on a 5-0 run to take an 18-13 lead with 5:30 remaining. Dayton stormed back with a 9-0 run over the next 3:30 seconds to take a 21-18 lead. Turner led the charge with six points and Colton Bickelhaupt knocked down a triple.
Dayton led at halftime, 24-21.
After the intermission, W-P got the ball out and scored first on Bartlow's two free throws.
The Bulldogs' Bickelhaupt banked home a jumper and W-P's Dustin Wooderchak nailed a jump shot. Sunderland scored inside to push the Dayton lead back to three at 28-25.
W-P's Dalton Estes hit a jumper, Billy Brown traded buckets inside with Sunderland and the score was 30-29, Dayton, at the five minute mark in the third. Brown scored on consecutive hoops for W-P and Turner made a free throw to make it 33-31 W-P with 3:50 remaining in the third stanza.
Bartlow made a couple free throws to extend the lead to 35-31. Dayton went on a 8-4 run to end the third, highlighted by four points apiece from Turner and Fullerton.
The score going into the fourth was Dayton 39, W-P 37.
A minute passed in the fourth and it was quickly 41 apiece. The Bulldogs followed with a 10-0 run to take a 51-41 lead with 4:14 left in the game. Sunderland had four points in the run, Fullerton a three and Wyatt Frame a shot from behind the arc.
"It was back and forth the whole game," Waitsburg-Prescott coach T.J. Scott said, "and then they made that big 10-0 run in the fourth. We had to turn it up a notch and play our run-and-gun style the rest of the game. It was effective. If we had just knocked down one more of our open outside shots somewhere along the way, we could have won."
W-P battled back, led by Bartlow's 11 fourth-quarter points and Dayton left the door open, making only 5-of-11 free throws in the final 1:30 left in the game.
"We usually shoot better free throws than that," Ramirez said, "but the last couple of games have been poor free-throw shooting. We need to get back into the gym this week and work on free throws."
Bartlow hit a 3-pointer with three seconds remaining to pull the game to within one point at 57-56. Dayton was able to in-bounds with three ticks on the clock and run the remaining time off.
Bartlow finished with a game-high 25 points, eight rebounds and three steals in the losing effort.
W-P takes the No. 2-seed heading into a regional game at 6 p.m. Friday night at Wa-Hi against Lake Roosevelt.
As the No. 1-seed out of District 9, the Bulldogs will battle Riverside Christian at 8 p.m. Friday at Wa-Hi.
Dayton 57, Waitsburg-Prescott 56
DAYTON (57) - Fullerton 4 6-8 15, Bickelhaupt 2 2-3 7, Schlacter 3 0-0 6, Sunderland 5 0-0 10, Turner 5 5 5-8 15, Frame 1 1-2 4. Totals 20 14-21 57.
WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (56) - Bartlow 9 8-10 25, Brown 3 1-3 7, Wooderchak 1 0-2 4, Zuger 1 2-3 5, D. Estes 3 3-3 9, Dozier 0 0-0 0, Lanning 0 1-2 1, Eastman 1 0-0 3, E. Estes 0 0-0 0, Leroue 1 0-0 2. Totals 19 15-23 56.
Dayton 13 11 15 18 - 57
W-P 13 8 16 19 - 56
3-point goals - Day 3 (Fullerton, Frame, Bickelhaupt), W-P 3 (Bartlow, Zuger, Eastman). Total fouls - Day 18, W-P 20. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - Day (bench). Rebounds - Day 26 (Sunderland 8, Fullerton 8), W-P 25 (Bartlow 8). Turnovers - Day 13, W-P 14. Assists - Day 8 (Turner 3, Frame 3), W-P 6 (Zuger 3).