DeSales boys struggle at free-throw line in loss to Riverside

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WALLA WALLA — A poor night at the free-throw line turned into a loss for DeSales Tuesday night in its non-conference boys basketball game with Riverside.

The Irish (6-7, 2-4 Southeast 2B) opened cold, falling to an 0-6 deficit in the first quarter before coming back to take a one-point, 31-30 lead at the half.

And despite a barrage of 3-pointers in the second half, DeSales fell, 63-55, to the Pirates from Boardman, Ore.

“The story is probably our poor free-throw shooting and our poor shooting from the field,” DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said. “We generally like to make more free throws than our opponents attempt.”

The Irish hit just 22-for-64 (34.3 percent) from the field and 3-for-13 (23 percent) from the free-throw line.

“We had way too many turnovers and an inability to make shots 15 feet away from the basket — unguarded,” Griffin said. “That’s a free throw. We should make at least 70 percent from the line, and we shot very poorly from the line.”

Cameron Richman led the Irish with 17 points on 6-of-16 shooting from the field, including a team-leading four 3-pointers.

Travis Haen hit three treys and totaled 15 points in the loss.

Omar Murrillo led the Pirates with 23 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-3 free throws.

The DeSales-Riverside girls game scheduled to be played Tuesday was cancelled after the Pirates squad was hit by the flu.

DeSales hosts Tri-Cities Prep Friday at 7;30 p.m.

RIVESIDE 63, DESALES 55

RIVERSIDE (63) — O. Murrillo 9-15 3-3 23, Velazques 4-11 2-3 10, E. Murrillo 0-1 0-0 0, Mendoza 0-4 0-0 0, Amaral 2-11 2-2 6, Shimer 6-11 4-5 16, Corpus 2-4 0-0 4, Gonzales 2-4 0-2 4. Totals 25-61 11-15 63.

DESALES (55) — Roach 1-5 1-4 3, Haen 6-15 0-0 15, Fazzari 4-10 0-0 8, Eskil 0-2 0-0 0, Richman 6-16 1-4 17, Moore 4-12 0-3 9, LeConte 1-3 1-2 3, Galloway 0-1 0-0 0, Richard 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-64 3-13 55.

Riverside 19 11 15 18 — 63

DeSales 15 16 9 15 — 55

3-point goals — Riv 2 (O. Murrillo 2), DeS 8 (Haen 3, Richman 4, Moore). Total fouls — Riv 13, DeS 19. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none.

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