Prince Lacey hits eight 3s to lead the Warriors in a 93-80 victory over Centralia.


CLACKAMAS — The Walla Walla Community College men’s basketball team nailed 20 3-pointers en route to a 93-80 win against Centralia College in the Clackamas Holiday Tournament on Saturday.

The Warriors opened a 56-31 halftime lead behind a 3-point barrage from Prince Lacey. Lacey entered the game with the Warriors leading 31-29 and proceeded to knock down six 3-pointers to help WWCC extend its lead.

“He just shot the ball really well,” WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said of Lacey. “We were able to get him some looks. He went on that run (in the first half) and it kind of demoralized them for a while. I think it just ignited us. We got a lot of energy on defense all of the sudden.”

Lacey finished with a game-high 31 points, as he nailed 8-of-14 shots from the perimeter. He also added a team-high six rebounds.

After Lacey’s flurry, Walla Walla opened a 20-point lead with around 10 minutes remaining in the first half. The Warriors held that lead until the five-minute mark in the second period, Reinland said.

But for as well as Walla Walla played in the first half, Reinland was dismayed with the Warriors’ effort during the second frame.

“The second half — it was like pulling teeth,” he said. “We thought we had the game won and we didn’t have any energy. We kept the lead up at about 24 points and then they made a little run — 13 (points) was the closest they got. (We) didn’t seem to have as much energy as I had hoped.”

But the Warriors’ perimeter shooting proved to be the difference, as Dallas Reich knocked down six 3-pointers of his own. He did a little bit of everything for the Warriors, as he finished with 20 points, four rebounds, four assists, two blocks and two steals.

“He just played real well,” Reinland said of Reich. “He played his normal game. He’s just kind of our stabilizer and he made some shots tonight. We need to keep him shooting the ball. He doesn’t always look for his shots and we don’t always get him the ball when we should.”

Satchel Schetzle chipped in 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and both Caleb Bravard and Austin Nooner added 11 points for the Warriors.

With the win, Walla Walla moves on to face Everett in the semifinals tonight at 5. Reinland said the Trojans, who beat Linn-Benton 93-82 on Saturday, will put a lot of pressure on the Walla Walla backcourt.

“They’re a little more athletic than we are,” he said. “They press a lot. Our guards are going to get tested. It’s going to be a test for us, that’s for sure. I’m hoping we come out with a little more energy than we did today.”

Walla Walla 93, Centralia 80

CENTRALIA (80) — Rogers 4-7 3-4 11. Scott 3-10 0-0 6. Malone 3-9 4-6 11. Brooks 1-4 0-0 2. Broussard 5-9 0-0 10. North 0-0 0-0 0. Farley 6-12 8-8 20. Dumetz 8-15 3-4 20. Total 30-66 18-22 80.

WALLA WALLA (93) — Schetzle 6-10 2-2 17. Bravard 3-9 2-3 11. Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Underdahl 1-5 1-3 3. Sawyer 0-1 0-0 0. Reich 7-13 0-0 20. Lacey 11-17 1-1 31. Grooms 0-0 0-0 0. Richards 0-3 0-0 0. Nooner 5-6 1-2 11. Total 33-64 7-11 93.

Halftime — WW 56-31. 3-point goals — WW 20 (Lacey 8), Cent 2 (Malone, Dumetz). Total fouls — WW 13, Cent 13. Fouled out — WW (Nooner), Cent (Farley). Technical fouls — none. Total rebounds — WW 32 (Lacey 6), Cent 41 (Rogers 12). Turnovers — WW 16, Cent 16. Assists — WW 25 (Underdahl 10), Cent 18 (Malone 6).


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