Wa-Hi boys snap losing streak

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WALLA WALLA — Tanner Cranor scored 25 points and picked off 10 rebounds Saturday night as Wa-Hi snapped a four-game losing streak with a 58-53 victory over stubborn Kennewick in a Mid-Columbia Conference boys basketball game at the Blue Devil gym.

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Wa-Hi’s Andrew Thonney (No. 20) collides hands with Kennewick Lions’ Colton Plew (No. 30) during their Mid-Columbia Conference game Saturday night in the Blue Devils’ gym. Wa-Hi had its four-game losing streak end with the 58-53 victory.

The Blue Devils dropped a 45-33 decision at league-leading Kamiakin on Friday.

Wa-Hi improved to 5-3 in league and 10-4 overall with Saturday’s triumph while the Lions slipped to 1-7 and 3-11.

“We’ve played good teams recently and needed to bounce back,” Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. “We’re missing a couple of starters (Spencer Locati and Eric Klicker), but Tanner came to play.”

The Blue Devils ran out to a 12-5 lead by the 3:45 mark of the first quarter on the strength of six points by Cranor and four more from Gabe Porter.

Kennewick ripped off the next nine points before Cranor tied the game at 14 on a low-block conversion with three seconds left in the period.

The Lions registered the first four points of the second quarter prior to a 9-0 Blue Devil surge that resulted in a 23-18 Wa-Hi lead with 3:26 remaining before halftime.

A Porter layin at the 1:11 mark put Wa-Hi in front 27-21.

Kennewick scored the last five points of the quarter and trailed by just a single tally, 27-26, at halftime.

The first three minutes of the third quarter included two baskets by each team and four lead changes. Sam Arias and Cranor, with five and four points, respectively, keyed a 12-3 Blue Devil run that ended with a 41-33 Wa-Hi advantage at the 2:13 mark. One of Arias’ makes was a 3-pointer.

The Blue Devils led 44-37 after three quarters.

A right-baseline jumper by Mitchell Mueller, who led Kennewick with 20 points, pulled the Lions within three, 50-47, with 3:48 remaining in the final period.

But Wa-Hi was able to keep Kennewick at arm’s length with a pair of layups and four free throws in the final 3:39 of play.

“Tanner had nine points in the fourth quarter,” Golden said. “It’s a credit to our guys for looking to him. They went small at the end and we pounded it inside.”

Golden also praised the effort of reserve Peter Warriner, who contributed six points and five boards to the Wa-Hi win.

“Peter gave us some great minutes,” Golden said.

Wa-Hi hosts Southridge on Tuesday.

Wa-Hi 58, Kennewick 53

KENNEWICK (53) — Rutledge 1-3 1-2 3, Wohl 2-7 0-0 5, Mueller 8-22 2-4 20, Fernandez 1-1 0-0 3, Westover 0-1 1-2 1, Bugel 0-0 0-0 0, Dewitt 3-5 0-0 7, Plew 1-1 0-0 2, Ramos 2-16 5-7 10, Wuol 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 19-58 9-15 53.

WA-HI (58) — Toon 0-3 1-4 1, Porter 4-10 1-2 9, Thonney 2-7 0-0 5, Eggart 1-4 2-4 5, Arias 3-8 0-0 7, Cranor 10-20 5-8 25, Warriner 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 23-59 9-18 58.

Kennewick 14 12 11 16 — 53

Wa-Hi 14 13 17 14 — 58

3-point goals — Kennewick 6-19 (Mueller 2-10, Fernandez 1-1, Wohl 1-1, Dewitt 1-2, Ramos 1-5), Wa-Hi 3-9 (Arias 1-1, Thonney 1-2, Eggart 1-2, Porter 0-4). Total fouls—Kennewick 16, Wa-Hi 11. Fouled out— Kennewick (Wuol). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— Kennewick 30 (Ramos 5), Wa-Hi 50 (Cranor 10). Turnovers—Kennewick 11, Wa-Hi 14. Assists— Kennewick 9 (Ramos 4), Wa-Hi 15 (Toon 4, Thonney 4).

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