Wa-Hi boys take down Pasco in MCC tournament

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PASCO — Gabe Porter hit four 3-pointers in the first half of Wa-Hi’s Mid-Columbia Conference 4A tournament game against Pasco Friday and Eric Klicker scored all 13 of his points in the second half to carry the torch to a 58-48 finish over the Bulldogs.

The victory puts the Wa-Hi boys (14-8) into the MCC title game at Richland Saturday at 8 p.m. and clinches a trip to regionals.

Pasco ends its year at 8-13.

“It was physical, the kids played really hard, and it was a battle,” Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. “It was a great win.”

Wa-Hi built its four-point halftime lead into a 45-31 advantage after three and weathered a Pasco push in the fourth for the win.

“The third quarter was really the key,” Golden said. “We were able to get some stops and score. We held them to just two field goals in the third.”

Porter and post Tanner Cranor tied to lead the Blue Devils with 15 points each. Cranor secured the double double with 12 boards.

Win or lose, Wa-Hi will host a regionals game Friday.

If the Blue Devils win Saturday night they will be the league’s first seed to regionals and will face the Greater Spokane League’s first seed with a state bid on the line.

A loss Saturday means Wa-Hi would have to win twice in the the regional tournament to advance to state.

Richland defeated the Blue Devils twice this year, 80-75 in overtime at Walla Walla and 62-42 in Richland.

“We’ve got an opportunity to play for a championship,” Golden said. “Anything can happen.”

WALLA WALLA 58, PASCO 48

WALLA WALLA (58) — Klicker 4 4-6 13, Porter 5 1-2 15, Thonney 0 1-4 1, Eggart 1 0-0 2, Arias 5 0-1 10, Gilmore 1 0-2 2, Cranor 7 1-3 15. Totals 23 7-16 58.

PASCO (48) — Brown 2 4-6 8, Arroyo 1 2-2 4, Figueroa 3 0-2 7, Cardoza 1 1-2 3, Ballardo 1 0-2 2, Miller 5 3-6 14, Torres 2 4-6 9, Cruz 0 1-4 1. Totals 15 15-30 48.

Wa-Hi 14 12 19 13 — 58

Pasco 6 16 9 17 — 48

3-pointers — WW 5 (Klicker, Porter 4), Pas 3 (Figueroa, Miller, Torres). Total fouls — WW 24, Pas 16. Fouled out — WW Porter, Eggart), Pas (Figueroa). Technical fouls — Pas (Figueroa).

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