DeSales overcomes early deficit for 57-35 win over Bulldogs

DeSales' Luke Fazzri (left) takes the brunt of a collision with Dayton's Crus Ramirez (right) on his nose Friday night at DeSales High School in Walla Walla.

DeSales' Luke Fazzri (left) takes the brunt of a collision with Dayton's Crus Ramirez (right) on his nose Friday night at DeSales High School in Walla Walla. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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DeSales' Sergio Pena runs around Dayton's Wyatt Frame Friday night in a 57-35 DeSales victory over the Bulldogs at DeSales High School in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — DeSales wasn’t ready Friday night at its 7:30 p.m. tip with Dayton in a Southeast 2B boys basketball game.

“We just showed up a little late,” DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said after the game.

And by the time they did show up, Dayton had already built a 17-1 lead through six minutes of first-quarter play.

But when they did show up, the Irish fought back with a vengeance.

DeSales stabilized and narrowed the deficit to 10, 27-17, at the half, and then proceeded to go on an 11-minute, 32-second, 27-0 rampage as the second half began en route to a 57-35 victory and the Irish’s first league win.

“We actually used that as a spark,” Griffin said of his team’s first-quarter meltdown. “... We knew we had time. We didn’t let any panic set in by any means, but we just continued to do what we do.

“We knew that the way that we played, we couldn’t play any worse,” Griffin said, “and so our guys stayed focused really on what we were trying to accomplish and we ended up getting it done.”

And as the Irish (6-6, 1-3 SE2B) regrouped, things couldn’t have gone much worse for the Bulldogs.

Dayton (3-8, 1-2 SE2B) managed just one bucket in the third quarter and as their frustration mounted, so too did the penalties.

The Bulldogs finished the night with 24 personal fouls and a pair of technical fouls, killing whatever momentum they had carried from their first-quarter run.

“In that first quarter, in those first few minutes when we got the lead, I thought we executed well,” Dayton coach Roy Ramirez said. “And then in the third quarter, after we got the big lead, we kind of decided not to execute the way we needed to.

“Instead of executing like we had been, we went to a mode of one-pass shot, maybe two-pass shot,” Ramirez said. “(It) really sped up the game and then we weren’t making shots after that.”

One man’s failure to execute is another’s defensive domination.

“I think really what made the difference for us is that we smothered them defensively (in the second half), Griffin said. “We smothered them. We didn’t give them good looks and the looks that they got, we didn’t give them any second looks.”

Adam Eskil led the Irish with 16 points on five field goals, two of which came from beyond the 3-point arc, and 3-of-6 shooting at the line.

Cameron Richman finished with 14 points, including a pair of 3s and free throws.

Dayton’s Wyatt Frame scored 12 points in the first half alone, but he finished with just 16 points on the night, hitting only 6-of-22 field goal attempts and 4-of-8 from the line.

Frame’s output was almost greater than the rest of his team’s combined scoring, with Crus Ramirez adding seven points and Isaiah Lambert eight.

“In the second half, they came back out in that triangle and two (zone defense), which was fine,” coach Ramirez said. “We just couldn’t get anything to fall. I thought our shot selection was bad and DeSales did a good job. (DeSales) played hard.”

The Irish controlled the boards, outrebounding Dayton 35-21, with post Reilly Roach pulling down 12 boards to lead the way.

DeSales hosted Waitsburg-Prescott Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Dayton visited Walla Walla Valley Academy Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

DESALES 57, DAYTON 35

DAYTON (35) — Hays 0 0-0 0, Heinrich 1-4 0-0 2, Sanchez 0-0 0-0 0, Smay 0-4 0-0 0, Lambert 3-3 0-0 8, Frame 6-22 4-8 16, Inoue 0-1 0-0 0, Hays 0-3 0-1 0, Waggoner 1-3 0-0 2, Ramirez 2-8 2-2 7. Totals 13-48 6-11 35.

DESALES (57) — Roach 2-4 1-2 5, Haen 1-6 0-0 2, Fazzari 3-7 0-1 6, Eskil 5-12 3-6 16, Richman 5-11 2-2 14, Cortez 0-1 2-2 2, LeConte 1-6 3-9 5, Galloway 1-7 3-10 5, Richard 1-3 0-4 2. Totals 19-57 14-36 57.

Dayton 17 10 2 6 — 35

DeSales 9 8 24 16 — 57

3-point goals — Day 3-11 (Lambert 2 Ramirez), DeS 5-19 (Eskil 3, Richman 2). Total fouls — Day 24, DeS 12. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — Day 2 (Lambert, bench). Rebounding — Day 21 (Frame 8), Des 35 (Roach 12).

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