WALLA WALLA - The Warrior men couldn't keep up with the Columbia Basin Hawks Saturday at the Dietrich Dome and lost 66-51 in the NWAACC Eastern Region basketball opener for both schools.
Before the game even started, the Warriors nabbed two points from a technical foul received by the Hawks for dunking during the pre-game warm ups.
CBC did not let the two free throws get to them and right off the bat scored a field goal and a three-pointer to take the lead.
Dylan Radliff scored two three-pointers in a row to bring the score to 15-13 CBC.
Michael Crane assisted Hunter Hahn in a break away layup to tie the game followed by another field goal and dunk by Dallen Bills to take the lead which the Hawks stole back for a halftime score of 32-25.
Mac Stannard drove to the basket to score the first points of the second half. With 14:20 left in the period, the Hawks took a lead of 38-30.
Crane scored a field goal followed by Colton Arias with two and a rebound by Crane assisted to Stannard for another two.
The Warriors took the lead with 8:57 left when Arias scored a 3-point goal to make it 39-38.
CBC's Christian Schrank scored a field goal to take the lead back and begin a 10-0 run.
Crane ended the Hawks shooting streak by scoring a field goal, but that didn't stop the Hawks from throwing the ball up and scoring.
The Warriors made their final attempt with Arias shooting a field goal and free throw and then were held off while the Hawks continued to score and left the Warriors in the dust, creating the final score and largest lead of the game of 15 points.
"The game was terrible," WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. "We were 5-of-36 from the 3-point line, 8-of-16 from the foul line, and 19-of-68 from the floor. That is just terrible shooting. It was an absolutely horrible game for us and I don't have an answer for it, either.
"You just can't shoot the ball that poorly, make the decisions that we made offensively, play the best defense in the world, but only score 51 points in an NWAACC game," Reinland said. "You're never going to win.
"They (CBC) were playing the zone and we were having trouble shooting from the inside," said Reinland. "We had to do something and we just didn't get it done. When you shoot the ball like that you won't win.
Radliff had 18 points to lead WWCC.
"We are going back to the drawing board," Reinland said.
WWCC plays at Blue Mountain Wednesday.
Columbia Basin College 66, Walla Walla Community College 51
COLUMBIA BASIN COLLEGE (66) - Barbaza 0-0 0-0 0, Walter 1-4 0-1 2, HeavyRunner 3-4 1-3 7, Smith 6-14 4-4 18, De La Garza 5-10 1-1 12 Schrank 4-8 0-0 8, Piippo 5-11 2-2 12, Ponce 0-0 0-0 0, Igbinoba 2-9 1-1 5, Douglas 0-2 0-0 0, Haynes 1-2 0-0 2, Totals 27-64 9-12 66.
WALLA WALLA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (51) - Crane 3-7 0-2 6, Radliff 6-26 3-4 18, Payne 0-5 0-0 0, Stannard 2-4 2-2 6, Bravard 1-1 0-1 3, Bills 2-8 2-4 6, Hahn 2-6 0-1 4, Arias 3-11 1-2 8, McGee 0-0 0-0 0, McGraw 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 19-68 8-16 51.
Halftime - CBC 32-25. 3-point goals - CBC 3 (Smith 2, De La Garza), WWCC 5 (Radliff 3, Bravard, Arais). Total fouls-CBC 16, WWCC 14. Fouled out-none. Technical fouls-CBC 1. Rebounds-CBC 46 (Igbinoba 14, Piippo 6, Walter 5, Schrank 5,), WWCC 48 (Stannard 9, Crane 8, Bills 8, Payne 5). Turnovers-CBC 13, WWCC 13. Assists-CBC 6 (Smith 2), WWCC 8 (Crane 3, Stannard 3).