Blue Devil boys survive would-be buzzer beater

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PASCO — A four-foot shot in the middle of the lane by Chiawana’s Victor Koval bounced off the rim as time expired here Friday night, allowing the Wa-Hi Blue Devils to escape with a 41-40 Mid-Columbia Conference boys basketball victory.

“We squeaked one out, that’s for sure,” Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. “We were fortunate it (Koval’s shot) missed.”

The two teams will square off in the first round of the MCC district tournament Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Blue Devil gym. Tuesday’s winner will travel to Pasco Friday for a loser-out contest. Friday’s winner will play for the district championship on Saturday at Richland.

Tannor Cranor led Wa-Hi (12-8 overall, 7-7 MCC) with 17 points before fouling out with 10 seconds left in the final quarter. Sam Arias added 11 points and nine rebounds.

“We got Tanner going a little bit in the second half,” Golden said. “We had our way with them inside. That was a plus. Sam had a great game. He was all over the place in the first half.”

Arias’ stat line also included two blocked shots and three steals.

“We defended really well,” Golden said. “We didn’t rebound particularly well (a 56-37 disparity). We maintained the lead for most of the second half, but we didn’t shoot well enough to stretch the lead.

“It was a grinder,” Golden said. “The kids battled. It was nice to get a win on the road.”

WA-HI 41, CHIAWANA 40

WA-HI (41) — Toon 0-0 0-0 0, Klicker 0-9 0-0 0, Porter 2-11 1-2 6, Thonney 0-0 0-0 0, Eggart 1-3 0-1 3, Hogan 0-1 2-4 2, Knillman 0-0 0-0 0, Arias 5-9 1-2 11, Gilmore 1-2 0-0 2, Cranor 7-13 3-4 17, Warriner 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 16-48 7-13 41.

CHIAWANA (40) — Cazier 0-5 2-4 2, Avery 3-7 1-2 8, Wren 3-8 0-0 9, Mendoza 0-6 2-4 2, Rausch 0-0 0-0 0, McBride 0-0 0-0 0, Briones 1-8 1-2 4, Koval 0-6 1-2 1, Henderson 5-18 4-8 14. Totals 12-58 11-22 40.

Wa-Hi 8 10 11 12 — 41

Chiawana 5 10 13 12 — 40

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 2-13 (Eggart 1-1, Porter 1-5, Arias 0-2, Klicker 0-5), Chiawana 5-14 (Wren 3-4, Avery 1-2, Briones 1-6, Cazier 0-1, Mendoza 0-1). Total fouls—Wa-Hi 18, Chiawana 14. Fouled out— Wa-Hi (Cranor). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Wa-Hi 37 (Arias 9), Chiawana 56 (Cazier 8, Henderson 8). Turnovers—Wa-Hi 17, Chiawana 13. Assists— Wa-Hi 13 (Eggart 3, Arias 3), Chiawana 6 (Cazier 2, Mendoza 2).

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