Treasure Valley men remain undefeated

Warrior Nate Richards puts up a shot over Treasure Valley’s Skyler Burgess Monday.

Warrior Nate Richards puts up a shot over Treasure Valley’s Skyler Burgess Monday.

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WALLA WALLA — Treasure Valley used a 23-6, second-half run to wipe out an eight-point deficit and remain undefeated in the NWAACC Eastern Region men’s basketball standings with an 84-76 victory over Walla Walla Community College Monday night in the Dietrich Dome.

The Chukars improved to 4-0 in league and 11-5 overall. The Warriors slipped to 2-2 in the East and 9-9 overall.

The opening half of Monday’s contest was tight throughout with four lead changes and an equal number of ties. The Warriors enjoyed the biggest lead of the half, 33-27.

Led by Caleb Bravard’s 11 points on 4-of-8 shooting from the field — including 3-of-7 treys — Walla Walla went into halftime with a 38-35 edge.

DeSean Mattox kept the Chukars close with a half-high 14 points.

Both teams shot 40 percent from the field in the first half — TVCC was 14-of-35 and the Warriors were 12-of-30.

But 3-point shooting and free throws displayed a decided slant in Walla Walla’s favor. The Warriors made 6-of-20 shots from outside the arc compared to TVCC’s 3-of-11. WWCC made 8-of-10 free throws while Treasure Valley knocked down just 4-of-9.

Treasure Valley opened the second half with an 18-8 run that resulted in a 53-46 advantage.

Walla Walla responded with a 17-2 surge to grab an eight-point lead, 63-55. Point guard Satchel Schetzle drilled a 3 at the 10:39 mark to end the run.

But the Chukars would rally over the next 8:42 to take command. Thadius Galvez scored seven points during Treasure Valley’s 23-6 run.

“They’re athletic and quick to the ball,” WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. “We worked hard to try to prevent it, but we couldn’t keep them under control.”

Chris Willis made two free throws with 1:57 left to give TVCC a nine-point cushion, 78-69.

“For the most part, our defense was pretty good, but we had trouble getting back,” Reinland said.

Schetzle paced WWCC with 23 points and Prince Lacey scored 15.

Walla Walla shot just 35 percent from the floor (22-of-63) including 29 percent (12-of-42) from long distance.

“We had enough open looks to win the game,” Reinland said.

The Warriors play at Spokane on Wednesday.

TVCC 84, WWCC 76

TVCC (84) — Mattox 9-15 6-6 25, Willis 4-12 4-8 12, Guzman 0-2 0-0 0, Fletcher 7-19 3-6 19, Galvez 5-11 1-2 13, Williams 0-1 0-0 0, Imonigie 0-0 0-0 0, McCloyn 2-4 3-5 7, Burgess 1-5 1-2 3, McKie 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 30-71 18-29 84.

WWCC (76) — Schetzle 4-13 12-14 23, Vravard 4-10 1-2 12, Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Underdahl 1-3 1-1 3, Sawyer 1-4 0-0 2, Reich 2-8 0-0 5, Lacey 4-15 3-3 15, Grooms 1-1 1-1 3, Richards 3-5 0-0 7, Nooner 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 22-63 20-24 76.

Halftime score — WWCC 38, TVCC 35. 3-point goals — TVCC 6-21 (Fletcher 2-6, Galvez 2-7, McKie 1-1, Mattox 1-2, Williams 0-1, Willis 0-2, Guzman 0-2), WWCC 12-42 (Lacey 4-15, Bravard 3-8, Schetzle 3-9, Richards 1-2, Reich 1-5, Underdahl 0-1, Sawyer 0-2). Total fouls—TVCC 19, WWCC 24. Fouled out— WWCC (Underdahl, Nooner). Technical fouls—none. Rebounds— TVCC 58 (Burgess 13), WWCC 39 (Reich 7, Richards 7). Turnovers—TVCC 9, WWCC 12. Assists— TVCC 10 (Burgess 4), WWCC 13 (Underdahl 5).

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