Mules ride opening spurt past Dayton boys

Wahkiakum sprints to a 19-8 lead after one and cruises from there, defeating the Bulldogs, 57-41, and sending them home in sixth place.

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SPOKANE - Wahkiakum's John Chambers drained a trey off the opening tip here in Saturday's breakfast special (tipped at 9:30 a.m.) at the Washington state 2B boys basketball tournament.

Wyatt Parker hit another 3 for the Mules to end the first period, and the Mules hit 6-of-11 from the floor between the bookend triples, to grab a 19-8 lead after one.

Dayton never recovered as the Mules downed the Bulldogs, 57-41, in a battle for fourth place.

Garett Turner and Hayden Fullerton hit back-to-back 3s for the Bulldogs, with Fullerton's pulling Dayton within 25-18 with 1:44 left in the half. The Mules scored the last four points of the quarter to go to the locker room with what proved to be an insurmountable 29-18 lead.

Wahkiakum hit 12-of-24 shots from the floor over the first 16 minutes, and Dayton could not keep up on this morning, knocking down just 7-of-27 over the first half.

"That's what they do, they shoot the ball well," Bulldogs coach Roy Ramirez said of the Mules. "They are a good basketball team and have a lot of good shooters. They got some open shots and they hit them. I thought we would still be in it. We kept it (the lead) at 17, but couldn't get closer."

Chambers opened the third as he opened the game, hitting a pull-up trey 20 seconds into the second half to stretch the Mules lead to 32-18.

Following a Lars Blix free throw with 4:10 left in the third, the Mules led 35-20 and both teams cleared their benches to give time to players that had not seen much action to date.

Dayton got buckets from Johnny Sanchez and Isaiah Lambert to cut the lead to 35-24 with 2:52 left in the third. The Mules answered with a 7-0 run to close out the third and take a 42-24 lead to the fourth.

The Bulldogs, with Turner scoring five of his game-high 13 and Joey Schlachter and Fullerton each scoring four, hit 7-of-16 from the floor in the fourth, but it wasn't enough to overcome a 9-of-41 shooting morning over the first three periods.

"We were getting our shots, we just couldn't make them," Ramirez said. "Contribute that to whatever it is, (maybe) the early game, but we just didn't make them. Early games are tough to get up for and tough to get out there and work hard. The boys did a good job of getting out there and trying to get after it."

Dayton, in its first state appearance since the 1995 state championship, takes home sixth place with a 1-2 tourney record.

The Bulldogs finish at 24-3, with a Southeast 2B and a district title in addition to their march to sixth place.

The sixth-place finish marks the end of the Bulldog run for seniors Kroft Sunderland, Turner, Fullerton, Schlachter, Jacob McCleary, and Colton Bickelhaupt.

"Right now, they don't like to lose," Ramirez said of his seniors. "That (season) is a big accomplishment. Hopefully, they'll look back on it and appreciate what they did. To make it up here with the top eight teams is quite an accomplishment.

"I hope they are remembered for being a really good basketball team," Ramirez continued. "I hope they are remembered for being really good kids."

It is about the bonds, memories, and friendships as well as the wins and losses, the Bulldogs said.

"It (playing with fellow seniors) has been the most fun of my life," Bulldog senior co-captain Sunderland said. "Every winter, the six of us have been in that gym, no matter what, doing whatever our coach tells us. It's just weird without them. I couldn't ask for a better group to go through high school with."

"We had a really good and enjoyable season," senior point guard Bickelhaupt said. "They (Wahkiakum) shot well early and kind of took us out of it. We never give up and we kept playing until the end."

"I couldn't imagine playing with anybody else," senior post Schlachter said. "They're pretty much brothers to me. I spent all my summers with them and we worked throughout the years to get here (state), and finally did it. I'll miss all the summer camps and the hours and hours spent in cars with them. Stuff happens in there that you can't ever forget."

Wahkiakum 57, Dayton 41

DAYTON (41) - Frame 1-3 0-0 2, McCleary 0-1 0-0 0, Bickelhaupt 1-5 2-2 4, Schlachter 2-6 0-0 4, Fullerton 4-17 0-1 9, Lambert 1-1 0-0 2, Turner 5-14 1-3 13, Sanchez 1-3 0-0 2, Hayes 0-1 0-0 2, Sunderland 1-4 3-4 5, Ramirez 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 16-57 6-10 41.

WAHKIAKUM (57) - Souvenir 1-2 0-0 2, Se. Doumit 1-2 0-0 3, Bilgic 3-5 1-1 7, Blix 0-6 3-6 3, Weiler 3-7 2-2 9, Wegdahl 0-1 0-0 0, Chambers 3-5 2-2 11, Kreutter 2-3 1-2 5, Ste. Doumit 0-0 0-0 0, Parker 4-10 2-2 11, Good 0-0 0-0 0, Chaput 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 20-47 11-15 57.

Dayton 8 10 6 17 - 41

Wahkiakum 19 10 13 15 - 57

3-point field goals - Day 3-18 (Frame 0-1, McCleary 0-1, Bickelhaupt 0-2, Fullerton 1-7, Turner 2-5, Sanchez 0-2), Wah 6-17 (Se. Doumit 1-2, Bilgic 0-1, Blix 0-4, Weiler 1-2, Wegdahl 0-1, Chambers 3-5, Parker 1-2). Total fouls - Day 14, Wah 14. Fouled out - none. Technicals - none. Rebounds - Day 31 (Fullerton 6), Wah 38 (Blix 11). Turnovers - Day 10, Wah 13. Assists - Day 7 (Turner 3, Bickelhaupt 3), Wah 9 (Se. Doumit 2, Blix 2, Parker 2).

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