Knights go downtown to beat W-P

Walla Walla Valley Academy’s Aaron Awai (front) keeps the ball hard to get after stealing it away from Waitsburg-Prescott’s Devin Acevedo (in back) during the first half of their game Monday night in Waitsburg.

Walla Walla Valley Academy’s Aaron Awai (front) keeps the ball hard to get after stealing it away from Waitsburg-Prescott’s Devin Acevedo (in back) during the first half of their game Monday night in Waitsburg. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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WAITSBURG — Walla Walla Valley Academy fell behind by 12 points in the first half here against Waitsburg-Prescott in a Southeast 2B League boys basketball showdown Monday night.

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Walla Walla Valley Academy’s Aaron Awai (front) keeps the ball hard to get after stealing it away from Waitsburg-Prescott’s Devin Acevedo (in back) during the first half of their game Monday night in Waitsburg.

But the Knights then heated up from downtown, hitting seven of their 10 3-pointers before halftime to take a 35-33 into halftime, and took advantage of a cold-shooting W-P in the third quarter for a 69-58 victory.

“We started off great,” W-P coach Tavis Crittenden said. “We attacked the basket, and we were up 12 at one point.”

But after WWVA heated up for its barrage of treys, W-P couldn’t find its shot to start the second half.

“We came out cold, settled for jump shots when we should have been attacking (the basket),” Crittenden said. “We didn’t make our free throws, and we gave them 10 more possessions on turnovers.”

Owen Lanning led W-P’s effort with 19 points, but he got in foul trouble which took him out of his game, Crittenden said.

“If Owen hadn’t gotten in foul trouble we would have won the game,” the coach said.

Matt Hanson led the Knights’ effort with 18 points, Alexander Wagner put up 16 and Dustin Rose 14.

Rose and Wagner hit four treys apiece.

“The kids are playing extremely hard,” Crittenden said. “They (WWVA) made some big shots. When we got up by 12 they didn’t panic.

“We were by far the more physical team, but they got hot from outside.”

W-P pulled within four points in the final minutes, but had to foul and the Knights hit their free throws for the final margin of victory.

W-P is now 3-11 overall and 1-4 in SE2B play, and heads to Tri-Cities Prep on Saturday.

The Knights, 12-1 overall and 5-1 in SE2B play, head to Asotin next Tuesday.

WWVA 69, W-P 58

WWVA (68) — Cosaert 5, Fitzgerald 4, Hutton 8, Rose 14, Schuette 2, Awai 2, Hanson 18, Wagner 16.

W-P (58) — Eastman 7, Estes 7, Deal 4, Acevedo 6, Lanning 19, Alexenko 0, Leroue 8, Dozier 7, Bartlow 0.

WWVA 12 23 19 15 — 69

W-P 21 12 5 20 — 58

3-point goals — WWVA 10 (Hutton 2, Rose 4, Wagner 4), W-P 4 (Eastman 2, Deal, Estes). Total fouls — WWVA 24, W-P 16. Fouled out — WWVA (Rose, Schuette, Awai). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWVA NA, W-P 30 (Eastman 10). Turnovers — WWVA 15, W-P 25. Assists — WWVA NA, W-P 8 (Deal 3).

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