Dayton boys fall to DeSales, 54-48

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DAYTON — Dayton raced to an 8-0 lead here Saturday to open Southeast 2B boys basketball action. DeSales hung in and the Irish finally took the lead with 4:50 left as DeSales went on to pull out a 54-48 victory.

Three assists from Cruz Ramirez and two buckets from Logan Hays and Zach Waggoner sparked the Bulldogs to an 8-0 lead with 3:35 left in the first.

“The guys played hard,” Dayton coach Roy Ramirez said. “We got the shots we wanted.”

Dayton hit seven of their 11 first quarter shots and led 15-7 after one. The Irish got two treys and a deuce from Adam Eskil in the second period to narrow the gap to 24-22 at intermission.

“Big shots like that (Eskil’s) always make a difference,” Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. “Adam has been doing a great job. He senses when we need a big shot. He came through for us tonight.”

The Bulldogs were coming off a 58-20 loss to Tri-Cities Prep on Friday but hit 11-of-21 from the floor in the first half to take the 24-22 lead.

“Last night, we had our shots but just didn’t hit them,” coach Ramirez said. “It (tonight) was a good game for our guys.”

Following a Cam Richman free throw, the Irish crawled within 24-23 with 6:52 to play in the third, but Cruz Ramirez answered with a trey to put Dayton up 27-23. An Eskil bucket and a Dominic Kjeldgaard put-back ended the third and pulled the Irish even at 36-36.

Dayton got a three-point play from Waggoner and a bucket from Hays to open the fourth and grab a 41-36 lead.

But the Irish immediately came back. Richman scored five consecutive points to get DeSales even at 41-41 at the 5:25 mark. Following a pair of Bulldog turnovers, Zach Leahy hit a bucket and the Irish had their first lead of the night at 43-41 with 4:50 left.

“(Dayton) is a good team,” Griffin said. “We battled and they battled. We’re missing guys (Darryl Galloway away on a baseball trip). They (Dayton) worked very hard tonight and we matched them.”

A Hays dish to Cruz Ramirez pulled the Bulldogs even at 43-43 with 4:35 left. But Eskil converted to put DeSales up for good at 45-43 with 3:45 to go.

Dayton missed its next five shots. A Richman to Tyler Jacobson pass culminated a Irish fast break for a 47-43 DeSales lead with 2:30 left.

Ben Kleck hit two free throws to narrow the lead to 49-45 with 54 seconds left, but the Bulldogs never got any closer. The Irish hit 5-of-6 free throws, two by Leahy and 3-of-4 by Richman, to close out the game. Dayton’s Hays hit a trey at the buzzer to run the final to 54-48.

“Sometimes, you just have to find a way,” Griffin said of DeSales’ 18-12 run over the last eight minutes. “As long as we are ahead at the end (it doesn’t matter howlong you trail).”

“We just didn’t take care of the ball (six turnovers in the last period),” coach Ramirez said. “It’s a learning process. Getting late in ball games, you have to take care of the ball, and we didn’t do that. We (also) had some defensive break downs. We just have to learn to take care of the ball at the end.”

For the Irish, the win earned them a split for the weekend as they saw Asotin erase a 37-31 lead after three Friday, and score 23 fourth-period points to pull out a 54-49 Panther win.

Richman led DeSales with 21 and Eskil added 14 against the Bulldogs. Kjeldgaard led the Irish in rebounding for the second consecutive night, 11 boards against Asotin, and six against Dayton.

Hays led the Bulldogs with 15 points and nine rebounds. Waggoner finished with 11 and Kleck added nine.

The Irish step out of conference as they host Tekoa-Oakesdale Monday at 4 p.m.

The Bulldogs travel to Asotin Friday.

DESALES 54, DAYTON 48

DESALES (54) — B. Miedema 0 2-2 2, Eskil 6 0-1 14, Jacobson 1 0-0 2, C. Miedema 1 0-0 2, Richman 8 5-8 21, Leahy 2 3-4 8, Kjeldgaard 2 1-1 5, Arellano 0 0-0 0, Standard 0 0-0 0, Mason 0 0-0 0. Totals 20-51 11-16 54.

DAYTON (48) — McCleary 2 0-0 5, Smay 0 0-0 0, Teixeira 0 0-0 0, Kleck 3 2-2 9, Hays 7 0-0 15, Waggoner 5 1-1 11, Martin 0 0-0 0, Ramirez 3 0-0 8. Totals 20-44 3-3 48.

DeSales 7 15 14 18 — 54

Dayton 15 9 12 12 — 48

3-point goals — DeS 3 (Eskil 2, Leahy), Day 5 (McCleary, Kleck, Hays, Ramirez 2). Total fouls — DeS 11, Day 17. Fouled out — Day (Kleck). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — DeS 27 (Kjeldgaard 6), Day 30 (Hays 9). Turnovers — DeS 13, Day 22. Assists — DeS 8 (Eskil 2, Richman 2), Day 12 (Ramirez 4).

TRI-CITIES PREP 58, DAYTON 20

DAYTON (20) — McCleary 1, Laib, Smay 2, Warren, Kleck 1, Bren 2, Hays 6, Wagner 4 Martin 2, Ramirez 2.

TCP (58) — Guajardo 17, Perez 10, Nelson 5, Montelongo 10, Pedersen 2, Powers 1, Ghirardo 5, Holmes 4, Cole, Versteeg.

Dayton 3 6 5 6 — 20

TCP 16 16 13 13 — 58

ASOTIN 54, DESALES 49

ASOTIN (54) — Weakland 0 0-0 0, Daily 1 0-0 2, Bl. Magnuson 6 1-2 13, Wise 0 0-0 0, Krull 9 1-2 20, Be. Magnuson 4 2-4 13, Whitmore 3 0-0 6, Trimmell 0 0-0 0. Totals 23 4-8 54.

DESALES (49) — B. Miedema 0 0-0 0, Jacobson 3 0-0 7, Eskil 5 1-3 14, Leahy 1 0-0 3, Richman 6 2-4 14, Arellano 1 0-0 2, Kjeldaard 2 1-6 5, C. Miedema 1 0-0 2, Standard 1 0-0 2. Totals 20 4-13 49.

Asotin 16 4 11 23 — 54

DeSales 17 6 14 12 — 49

3-point goals — Aso 4 (Krull, Be. Magnuson 3), DeS 5 (Jacobson, Eskil 3, Leahy). Total fouls — Aso 13, DeS 9. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Aso 35 (Krull 9), DeS 40 (Kjeldgaard 11). Turnovers — Aso 9, DeS 18. Assists — Aso 10 (Bl. Magnuson 4), DeS 7 (Leahy 3).

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