Spokane takes care of Warrior men

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College controlled the opening tip here Thursday in NWAACC East Region men’s basketball action.

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Walla Walla Community College’s Hunter Hahn (left) comes down with a rebound and steps around Spokane’s Brady Bagby under the basket Wednesday night.

Seconds later, Spokane forced a jump ball and got the ball back. That proved to be an omen for the Warriors, as the Sasquatch did everything right and posted a 97-59 win.

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Walla Walla Community College's Case Rada (right) drives against Spokane's Eric Holbrook during their game Wednesday evening.

“They (Spokane) are a real good team,” Warrior coach Jeff Reinland said. “We just don’t seem to get the energy up.”

Dylan Radliff dished to Case Rada to finish a Warrior fastbreak and even the score at 8-all with 15:45 to play in the first half.

The Sasquatch scored the next seven to take a 15-8 lead following a 3-point play from Brady Bagby with 13:41 to go, and WWCC never recovered.

The Sasquatch hit their first 16 free throws, finished the first half 18-of-20, got 22 points from Bagby and 17 from Kwinn Hanson to grab a 51-30 lead at the break.

Austin Nooner hit the first basket of the second half for the Warriors to cut the lead to 51-32, but Spokane ran off the next eight before Eric Harr completed a 3-point play for the Warriors.

But again, Tyler Edwards answered with a Sasquatch trey for a 62-35 Spokane lead with 17:40 left.

Despite a game-high nine rebounds from Nooner, 16 points from Rada, 15 from Radliff, 10 from Harr, and eight from Hunter Hahn off the bench, the Warriors never got it going on this night.

Bagby led the Sasquatch with a game-high 34 points and Hanson finished with 23.

With the win, Spokane improves to 4-2 in the East and Walla Walla drops to 3-3.

“We’ve just got to keep working with these kids and keep coaching hard,” Reinland said. “We’ll see what we can make happen. It’s been a tough year from the get-go with all the injuries. But that’s all excuses. We’ve got to come out and play better.”

Walla Walla travels to Moses Lake Saturday to take on the NWAACC’s No. 4 rated Big Bend Vikings.

spokane 97, WWCC 59

SPOKANE (97) — Edwards 2-7 4-6 10, Bracey 0-2 2-2 2, Nygaard 0-2 1-2 1, Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Downey 1-3 2-2 5, Holbrook 3-7 1-2 8, Vanderwiel 3-6 2-2 9, Druffel 1-2 2-2 5, Bagby 12-26 8-8 34, Hanson 8-17 7-8 23. Totals 30-73 29-34 97.

WALLA WALLA (59) — Radliff 5-20 3-7 15, Rada 6-14 1-2 16, Mills 0-1 0-2 0, Reich 1-5 0-0 2, Hahn 3-6 2-4 8, Harr 3-11 3-4 10, Nooner 3-9 0-0 6, Scharf 1-4 0-0 2, Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-70 9-19 59.

Halftime — SCC 51, WWCC 30. 3-point goals — SCC 8-25 (Edwards 2-5, Bracey 0-1, Nygaard 0-1, Downey 1-3, Holbrook 1-4, Vanderwiel 1-2, Druffel 1-1, Bagby 2-8), WWCC 6-25 (Radliff 2-8, Rada 3-8, Reich 0-2, Hahn 0-1, Harr 1-5, Nooner 0-1). Total fouls — SCC 14, WWCC 23. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — WWCC (Radliff, bench 2). Rebounds — SCC 45 (Hanson 8, Bagby 8), WWCC 35 (Nooner 9). Turnovers — SCC 9, WWCC 13. Assists — SCC 13 (Holbrook 6), WWCC 10 (Radliff 5).

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