First-place Braves stymie Wa-Hi boys’ rally

Walla Walla High School's Paul Gilmore (34) hauls in a pass under the basket during the Blue Devils' game against the Kamiakin Braves Saturday in Walla Walla.

Walla Walla High School's Paul Gilmore (34) hauls in a pass under the basket during the Blue Devils' game against the Kamiakin Braves Saturday in Walla Walla. Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.

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Walla Walla High School post Tanner Cranor (40) leans right and above Kamiakin's Jim Fowler (35) during the first-half of their game Saturday evening in Walla Walla.

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Walla Walla High School's Eric Klicker (10) ducks and drives against Kamiakin High School's John Petsch (21) during the first-half of their game Saturday in Walla Walla.

WALLA WALLA — Kamiakin answered Wa-Hi all night here Saturday in Mid-Columbia Conference boys basketball action.

The Blue Devils fought back from a 24-16 halftime deficit to tie the game at 29-29, but the Braves closed out the third on a 9-5 run to take a 38-34 lead. The Braves slowed it down to win the fourth 10-4 and claim a 48-38 win.

Kamiakin improves to 11-1 in conference and remains in first place.

“We didn’t shoot very well (15-of-51, 29 percent),” Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. “We had some looks but couldn’t get them to go.

“We got down 10 and made a heck of an effort to get it tied at 29-29,” Golden continued. “They hit back-to-back threes and we made a couple of miscues. They ran the shot clock down (in the fourth) and hit some big shots.”

Gabe Porter led the Blue Devils with 12 points and Erik Klicker chipped in 11.

Kylle Robertson and Cooper Clyde led the first-place Braves with 15 each. Robertson also grabbed 10 rebounds and dished out five assists.

On Friday at Richland, Wa-Hi ran into a Bomber buzz saw. The Bombers jumped out to a 24-11 lead after one and continued to put the ball in the hole. Richland shot 34-of-52, 65 percent, from the field for the game and protected their home court with an 83-61 win.

“Too much Richland offense,” Golden said. “Their transition was pretty good and we had a hard time stopping it.”

Four Richland starters finished in double digits led by the 24 points of Payton Radliff. Nathan Streufert added 19, Steven Beo scored 16, and Mason Hilty dropped in 12.

Wa-Hi, 6-7 in MCC play, finishes the regular season at Chiawana Friday.

“We have an opportunity to get the No. 2 4A seed (to district),” Golden said. “We need a win and a Pasco loss.”

If the Blue Devils get that No. 2 seed, they earn a first round bye and would host the winner of the No. 3 vs. No. 4 game in the second round of district.

kamiakin 48, wa-hi 38

KAMIAKIN (48) — Robertson 6-13 2-2 15, Clyde 5-19 3-4 15, Holle 0-1 0-0 0, Petsch 4-10 0-0 9, Bayles 1-2 1-2 4, Fowler 0-1 0-0 0, Gurney 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 18-50 7-10 48.

WA-HI (38) — Toon 0-3 0-0 0, Klicker 4-9 2-2 11, Porter 4-12 3-4 12, Thonney 0-2 0-0 0, Eggart 1-4 0-0 2, Hogan 0-0 0-0 0, Arias 3-9 0-0 6, Gilmore 0-1 0-0 0, Cranor 3-11 1-2 7. Totals 15-51 6-8 38.

Kamiakin 11 13 14 10 — 48

Wa-Hi 9 7 18 4 — 38

3-point goals — KaHS 5-15 (Robertson 1-4, Clyde 2-7, Holle 0-1, Petsch 1-2, Bayles 1-1), Wa-Hi 2-15 (Toon 0-1, Klicker 1-3, Porter 1-7, Thonney 0-1, Eggart 0-2, Arias 0-1). Total fouls — KaHS 8, Wa-Hi 11. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — KaHS 37 (Robertson 10), Wa-Hi 32 (Cranor 7). Turnovers — KaHS 6, Wa-Hi 5. Assists — KaHS 11 (Robertson 5), Wa-Hi 10 (Porter 3).

richland 83, wa-hi 61

WA-HI (61) — Toon 3-8 4-6 11, Klicker 2-7 1-1 6, Porter 7-14 4-6 18, Thonney 0-0 0-0 0, Eggart 0-2 0-0 0, Hogan 0-1 0-0 0, Knillman 1-1 0-0 2, Arias 4-6 2-2 11, Gilmore 2-3 0-0 4, Cranor 4-8 1-2 9, Warriner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-51 12-17 61.

RICHLAND (83) — DeVries 1-2 0-0 2, Crandall 0-1 0-0 0, Baird 0-0 0-0 0, McCullough 1-1 0-0 2, Beo 6-9 3-5 16, Radliff 10-13 2-2 24, Broeske 2-2 0-0 4, Hilty 5-7 2-3 12, Streufert 7-15 4-6 19, Wheeler 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 34-52 11-16 83.

Wa-Hi 11 19 17 14 — 61

Richland 24 19 17 23 — 83

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 3-7 (Toon 1-1, Klicker 1-4, Porter 0-1, Arias 1-1), RHS 4-5 (Beo 1-2, Radliff 2-2, Streufert 1-1). Total fouls — Wa-Hi 16, RHS 13. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds - Wa-Hi 24 (Cranor 5), RHS 27 (Radliff 5, Streufert 5). Turnovers — Wa-Hi 17, RHS 12. Assists — Wa-Hi 6 (Toon 2), RHS 15 (Streufert 4).

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