Warriors squander late lead to Everett

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OREGON CITY, Ore. — Walla Walla turned a 43-37 halftime deficit into a 76-68 lead with five minutes to play here Sunday in the semifinals of the men’s Clackamas Christmas basketball tournament.

But Everett regrouped to outscore the Warriors 15-4 the rest of the way and secured an 83-80 victory that dropped Walla Walla into this afternoon’s third-place game against Skagit Valley. The Cardinals suffered a 95-86 loss to Yakima in Sunday’s other semifinal game.

“This is a game we should have won,” Warriors coach Jeff Reinland said. “We were in position to win it, we just couldn’t finish it.”

David Ware, a 6-foot-3 guard out of Silverdale, Nev., carried the Trojans with 24 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists. Theo VandenEkart scored 20 points and garnered six rebounds, and RJ Magar was a third Everett player in double figures with 11 points.

“They are a good-shooting team, a lot like we are,” Reinland said of the Trojans. “I was pretty happy with our game plan. They have three guys who can really shoot it, and I thought we held them down for the most part, but that did allow Ware to get free.”

Satchel Schetzle led the Warriors with 24 points and eight assists, Caleb Bravard finished with 22 points and Dallas Reich tallied 12. Austin Nooner snagged nine rebounds.

The Warriors’ eight-point lead disappeared quickly.

“We were up by eight, and I’ll bet you a minute later we were down by two,” Reinland said. “Our defense broke down and a couple of their shooters got wide-open looks and knocked them down. They also hit on a couple of drives, and we had a couple of turnovers.

“They are just an athletic team and quicker to the ball than we are.”

Everett’s ability to take the ball to the basket led to 21 free-throw opportunities which the Trojans cashed in for 15 points. By contrast, WWCC was 4-for-8 from the free-throw line.

“We were driving it pretty good the whole second half but we didn’t get the calls for whatever reason. Maybe we weren’t getting fouled, but we were sure getting called for it on the other end.”

Rebounding was another key factor as Everett controlled the glass 52-40.

“We didn’t rebound very well,” Reinland said. “They just got off the floor better than we did. They were quicker and faster, and we didn’t block out very well.”

Walla Walla will take a 7-6 season record against Skagit Valley today at 1 p.m. The Warriors will then be idle until Jan. 8 when they open NWAACC Eastern Region play at Blue Mountain in Pendleton.

“It’s a long layoff and I don’t like it,” Reinland said. “Kids don’t love to practice, and they have practiced a lot already. I would rather keep playing.”

EVERETT 83, WALLA WALLA 80

EVERETT (83) — Magar 4-14 1-1 11, Brown 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 3-7 0-0 7, Ahmadwoods 0-0 0-0 0, Ware 9-18 5-7 24, T. VandenEkart 9-14 0-1 20, DuChesne 1-1 2-2 4, Allen 3-6 3-6 9, Madigan 0-1 0-0 0B. VandenEkart 0-1 0-0 0, McClendon 2-13 4-4 8. Totals 31-76 15-21 83.

WALLA WALLA (80) — Schetzle 9-23 3-5 24, Bravard 8-14 0-0 22, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Underdahl 3-8 0-1 8, Sawyer 0-0 0-0 0, Reich 4-10 0-0 12, Lacey 1-4 0-0 3, Grooms 0-0 0-0 0, Richards 0-4 1-2 1, Nooner 5-7 0-0 10. Totals 30-70 4-8 80.

Halftime — Everett 43, WWCC 37. 3-point goals — Everett 6-21 (Magar 2-7, Brown 0-1, Jones 1-1, Ware 1-2, T. VandenEkart 2-6), WWCC 16-40 (Schetzle 3-9, Bravard 6-11, Underdahl 2-5, Reich 4-8, Lacey 1-3, Richards 0-4). Total fouls — WWCC 14, Everett 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Everett 52 (Ware 12), WWCC 40 (Nooner 9). Turnovers — WWCC 16, Everett 13. Assists — WWCC 18 (Schetzle 8), Everett 16 (Ware 8).

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