Warrior sophomores celebrate with victory over Blue Mountain

The WWCC men hand Blue Mountain an 88-80 defeat on Sophomore Night at the Dietrich Dome.

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Walla Walla Community College's Mac Stannard (4) leaps up to lay-in two points for the Warriors during their Wednesday evening game against Blue Mountain Community College.

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Come up a step ahead, Walla Walla Community College's Michael Crane (1) steals the ball from Blue Mountain Wednesday evening.

WALLA WALLA - Mac Stannard scored 25 points and highlighted a game-ending, 18-4 run with a 3-point field goal with 19 seconds on the clock as Walla Walla Community College celebrated Sophomore Night with an 88-80 victory over Blue Mountain in an NWAACC Eastern Region men's basketball game Wednesday night at the Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors improved their league record to 9-4 and are now 18-8 overall. WWCC will enter its final regular-season game at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Yakima Valley tied for third in the East with YVC.

Blue Mountain fell to 4-9 and 8-15.

"You have to give Blue Mountain so much credit," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "They hit so many tough shots."

Blue Mountain guard Gavin Burt, who led all scorers with 37 points, helped keep the Timberwolves in front for much of the first half. Blue Mountain settled for a one-point lead, 43-42, at halftime.

What a game for him," Reinland said. "He got us off-balance, drove to the hole, and got to the free throw line."

A handful of lead changes and three ties headlined the second half. BMCC led 76-70 with four minutes left before the Warriors' difference-making surge.

Walla Walla led 82-80 prior to Stannard's trey. All but three of his points came after halftime.

"Mac's been clutch in the second half of league play," Reinland said. "We buried them when that three went down."

Stannard led a balanced Walla Walla attack that included three others in double figures. Caleb Bravard came off the bench to score 17 points, Jay Payne added 13 and reserve Colton Arias chipped in with 10.

Warrior bench players tallied 29 points in the game compared with just 11 for Blue Mountain.

"We came out so flat, but we had some good things happen," Reinland said. "Colton came in and slowed Gavin down. (Jake) Hight did a great job defending their posts. Caleb gave us some offensive punch."

Michael Crane spearheaded a 46-40 Warrior edge on the glass with a game-high 12 rebounds.

Kyle Davis scored 19 points for the Timberwolves and Ryan Strand put in 13.

Wednesday's game was the last in the Dietrich Dome for Warrior sophomores Crane, Payne, Stannard, Arias and Dallen Bills.

WWCC 88, BMCC 80

BMCC (80) - Burt 9-16 12-17 37, Johnson 1-4 3-4 5, Hermann 0-3 0-0 0, Davis 9-18 1-1 19, Strand 6-9 1-2 13, Walker 3-6 0-0 6, Adams 0-4 0-0 0, Peisner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 28-61 17-24 80.

WWCC (88) - Crane 4-7 1-2 9, Radliff 2-8 2-2 7, Payne 4-9 0-0 12, Stannard 6-12 10-12 25, Bravard 5-14 5-6 17, Bills 2-5 2-2 6, Hahn 0-1 0-2 0, Arias 4-9 0-0 10, Hight 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 28-68 20-26 88.

Halftime - BMCC 43, WWCC 42. 3-point goals - BMCC 7-20 (Burt 7-14, Johnson 0-1, Hermann 0-1, Walker 0-1, Adams 0-3), WWCC 12-33 (Payne 4-9, Stannard 3-6, Arias 2-5, Bravard 2-8, Radliff 1-3, Hahn 0-1, Hight 0-1). Total fouls - BMCC 18, WWCC 14. Fouled out - none. Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - BMCC 40 (Davis 11), WWCC 46 (Crane 12). Turnovers - BMCC 10, WWCC 11. Assists - BMCC 6 (Burt 2, Adams 2), WWCC 12 (Stannard 4).

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