DeSales unleashes chaos on Cougars

DeSales’ Darryl Galloway drives the lane against Echo.

DeSales’ Darryl Galloway drives the lane against Echo.

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WALLA WALLA — DeSales unleashed its version of 90-feet of chaos here Tuesday in its season-opening non-conference boys basketball action. The Irish pressed and played hurry-up basketball to defeat Echo, 63-31.

“A lot of up-and-down the court,” assistant varsity coach (who pinch hit for head coach Allyn Griffin, as Griffin served his one-game suspension for an ejection in the last game of last season) Kevin Miedema said. “We utilized our speed. Primarily, we wanted to continue to attack and press. Hustle, effort, teamwork, and five guys committing to defense is what we were after. We saw some of that, and at other times it took lapses.”

A Dominic Kjeldgaard bucket culminated a 15-2 Irish run over the first six minutes and the Cougars never recovered. Cameron Richman finished the quarter with seven of his game-high 20 points as DeSales raced to a 19-9 advantage after one.

The Irish defense forced nine Cougar turnovers in the second period and Tyler Jacobson scored five to stretch the Irish lead to 34-19 at the break.

DeSales turned up the full-court press to open the second half. The Cougars turned the ball over nine times and went 7:40 without scoring.

The Irish got scoring from five players and used the 13-2 third-period run to go to the fourth up 47-21.

“We committed to defense in the third quarter,” coach Miedema said. “The boys are getting the message. If we do that throughout the whole game, we will be better.”

The Cougars had no answer for the relentless Irish pressure. Danny Tappo led the Cougars with 14 points, but the 32 Echo turnovers was the story of this one.

Richman’s 20 led the Irish and Darryl Galloway chipped in 10, as nine Irish scored.

Ben Miedema, Richman and Jacobson each grabbed five rebounds as the Irish won the battle on the glass 39-30.

“The boys won’t get too high off of this,” coach Miedema added. “We’ve got a lot more work to do. We have to let the game come to us and be patient. We have to look to play as a team. We can’t get ahead of ourselves. We have to move as one unit.”

The Irish (1-0) travel to Mac-Hi Friday.

DeSales 63, Echo 31

ECHO (31) — Denning 0 0-0 0, Murstig 1 0-0 2, Sather 6 0-2 13, Tappo 5 2-4 14, Barrera 0 0-0 0, Thompson 0 0-0 0, Jenson 1 0-0 2, Dorn 0 0-0 0, Chandler 0 0-0 0. Totals 13-46 2-6 31.

DESALES (63) — B. Miedema 3 0-0 6, Galloway 4 1-4 10, Jacobson 2 1-1 5, Eskil 1 1-2 3, Leahy 0 0-0 0, Richman 9 1-1 20, Arellano 1 0-0 2, Kjeldgaard 4 0-0 8, C. Miedema 3 0-0 6, Standard 0 0-0 0, Mason 1 0-0 3. Totals 26-69 408 63.

Echo 9 10 2 10 — 31

DeSales 19 15 13 16 — 63

3-point goals — Echo 3 (Sather, Tappo 2), DeS 3 (Galloway, Richman, Mason). Total fouls — Echo 10, DeS 12. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Echo 30 (Sather 9), DeS 39 (B. Miedema 5, Richman 5, Jacobson 5). Turnovers — Echo 32, DeS 18. Assists — Echo 4, DeS 8 (Galloway 4).

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