Reich leads TigerScot boys past W-P

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WAITSBURG - Dallas Reich obviously enjoys playing on the Waitsburg High School basketball court.

Reich, Weston-McEwen's senior sharpshooter, hit a trio of 3-point baskets and scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter here Tuesday night and rallied the TigerScots to a 49-47 non-league boys victory over Waitsburg-Prescott.

Last season on the same floor, Reich scored 14 points and hit a game-winning basket in the closing seconds to lift W-M to a 47-45 victory.

"That Reich kid is a good player," W-P coach T.J. Scott said. "He hit those three 3s in the fourth quarter and just took over, and we didn't have an answer for him.

"He did the same thing last year. When the game was on the line he took over, and it was pretty impressive. I wish I had done more to shut him down there."

Last year's loss to W-M was Waitsburg-Prescott's only defeat of the regular season. Both teams went on to qualify for their respective state tournaments, but neither team is enjoying quite as much success so far this season.

Weston-McEwen bumped its season record to 7-4 and is 2-0 in the Blue Mountain Conference going into Friday night's league counter against Irrigon in Athena. Waitsburg-Prescott slipped to 4-6 overall and is 1-1 in the Southeast 2B District going into Friday night's district game at Asotin.

"We've been struggling lately," W-M coach Brian Pickard said. "So this could be a really big win for us going back into league play this weekend, especially beating a good team like this on their home floor."

Riley Sederberg scored 16 points for Weston-McEwen. He and Ron Terjeson, who finished with six points, 16 rebounds and nine blocked shots, kept W-M in the game in the first half when Reich was in foul trouble, Pickard said.

Waitsburg-Prescott, which was led by Dalton Estes' 15 points and Zach Bartlow's 13-point, six-rebound game, led 13-6 after one quarter and 27-20 at halftime. The home team built its lead to 11 points midway in the fourth period before Reich began his heroics.

"Our kids played hard and fought for it to the end," Scott said. "But we just kind of let it slip away."

Weston-McEwen 49, Waitsburg-Prescott 47

WESTON-MCEWEN (49) - Salter 2 1-5 5, Terjeson 5 0-2 6, Ramirez 0 0-0 0, Chapman 0 0-0 0, Reich 5 4-5 17, L. Thacker 0 0-0 0, C. Thacker 0 0-0 0, Sederberg 7 2-3 16, Pease 0 1-2 1. Totals 19 8-17 49.

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (47) - Eastman 2 0-0 6, D. Estes 6 1-1 15, Brown 2 0-0 4, Zuger 0 0-1 0, Bartlow 5 3-4 13, Wooderchak 1 3-6 5, E. Estes 2 0-0 4. Totals 18 7-12 47.

Weston-McEwen 6 14 12 17 - 49

Waitsburg-Prescott 13 14 11 9 - 47

3-point goals - W-M (Reich 3), W-P (Eastman 2, D. Estes 2). Total fouls - WP-16, W-M 14. Fouled out - W-P (Bartlow). Technical fouls - none. Rebounds - W-M 38 (Sederberg 16), W-P 23 (Bartlow 6).

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