W-P explodes past Irish to advance

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By KEN MORGAN

of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

WAITSBURG — Behind Cameron Richman’s seven points, DeSales raced to a 9-2 lead with 5:40 left in the first quarter here Wednesday in Southeast 2B league boys basketball play-in action.

Waitsburg-Prescott exploded on an 18-4 run the rest of the way and led 20-13 after one.

W-P could do no wrong as it went on to shoot 51 percent (33-of-65) from the floor and post a 73-47 win.

The win sends W-P into the seeding portion of the league tournament with a battle with Walla Walla Valley Academy at 2:30 Friday afternoon at the DeSales gym.

The loss ends DeSales season.

Down 9-2, W-P called Chris Campbell off the bench and the 5-foot-9 senior ignited W-P. Campbell hit all three of his 3-point shots to lead W-P to the 20-13 edge after the first eight minutes.

“We expected to win,” W-P coach Tavis Crittenden said. “We didn’t expect to get down early. We knew if we played our game, it would eventually turn our way.”

With Richman and Darryl Galloway hobbled by early foul trouble, the Irish had no answer for an 11-of-20, second-quarter W-P shooting spree. Owen Lanning scored eight in the quarter, and Campbell hit his fourth trey as W-P sprinted to intermission up 43-21.

“He (Campbell) has done that (3-point shooting) all year in practice,” Crittenden said. “We just had to get it out in a game because he is a phenomenal shooter.”

Richman opened the second half with an Irish bucket, but W-P pounded the ball inside to Corey Brownlee. Brownlee responded with eight points in the quarter and W-P put this one out of reach with a 20-9 third-quarter run to go to the last eight minutes up 63-30.

“We focused on pounding the ball into the paint,” Crittenden said. “We feel we are the most physical team in the league. Our advantage is that we are stronger than everybody else.”

The Irish got six points each from Galloway and Cole Miedema in the fourth, but it was too little too late as DeSales cut the final to 73-47.

“Make no mistake about it, Waitsburg is a very good team,” Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. “They’ve improved a lot throughout the course of the year. They had outstanding defensive pressure the whole game and shot well from everywhere. It was the old proverbial buzz saw.”

W-P had three score in double digits. Lanning led the way with 15, Campbell had 12, and Brownlee added 10.

Nate Bartlow grabbed a team-high eight boards to lead W-P to a 45-28 rebounding advantage.

Jacob Dunn dished out six assists to lead W-P to 20 assists on the night.

The win marks W-P’s fifth straight and sets up a rubber match with WWVA Friday, as the teams split two regular season games.

“Everybody played well tonight,” Crittenden said. “Devin (Acevedo) has been our most consistent at kicking the ball out and creating open looks. He did a really good job for us tonight.

“WWVA is a team that can really shoot the ball,” he added. “We are going to have to play great defense on them.”

Richman led all scorers with 16 points for DeSales, Galloway chipped in nine, Miedema finished with eight, Adam Eskil added five, and freshman Zachary Leahy scored five and grabbed a team-high five rebounds.

The loss ends the Irish hardwood careers of seniors Ben Miedema, Galloway and Eskil.

“The seniors are outstanding young men,” Griffin said. “Through it all, those guys carried us. If the guys that are playing next year model themselves after those guys, we’ll be alright.”

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT 73, DESALES 47

DESALES (47) — Galloway 4 1-2 9, Arellano 0 0-0 0, Eskil 2 0-2 5, Jacobson 0 0-0 0, C. Miedema 2 4-6 8, Richman 7 1-6 16, Leahy 0 2-4 2, Kjeldgaard 2 1-2 5, Standard 1 0-3 2, Mason 0 0-0 0. Totals 18-49 9-25 47.

W-P (73) — Dunn 4 0-0 8, Gradwohl 3 0-0 6, Bartlow 0 0-2 0, Pearson 2 0-0 4, Dozier 1 0-0 2, Campbell 4 0-0 12, Brownlee 5 0-0 10, Lanning 6 2-2 15, Leroue 4 0-0 8, Acevedo 1 0-1 4, Larsen 0 0-0 0, Alexenko 2 0-0 4. Totals 33-65 2-5 73.

DeSales 13 8 9 17 — 47

W-P 20 23 20 10 — 73

3-point goals — DeS 2 (Eskil, Richman), W-P 5 (Campbell 4, Lanning). Total fouls — DeS 10, W-P 18. Fouled out — W-P (Bartlow). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — DeS 28 (Leahy 5), W-P 45 (Bartlow 8). Turnovers — DeS 16, W-P 16. Assists — DeS 2, W-P 20 (Dunn 6).

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