Porter, Lake lead Wa-Hi to 5th straight win, 65-42, over Hanford

Wa-Hi’s Gabe Porter drives the baseline in the Blue Devils’ game against Hanford at Walla Walla High School Saturday night. Porter led Wa-Hi with 19 points.

Wa-Hi’s Gabe Porter drives the baseline in the Blue Devils’ game against Hanford at Walla Walla High School Saturday night. Porter led Wa-Hi with 19 points. Photo by Michael Lopez.

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WALLA WALLA — Gabe Porter scored a game-high 19 points and Ross Lake added 18 Saturday night to lead Wa-Hi to a 65-42 victory over Hanford in a Mid-Columbia Conference boys basketball game in the Blue Devil gym.

The Blue Devils, who have now won five games in a row and seven of their last eight, improved their league record to 8-3 and overall mark to 12-5 with Saturday’s triumph.

“This was our fifth game in eight days plus (final exams),” Wa-Hi coach John Golden said. “It was a tough stretch. I’m really proud of our kids. They didn’t use that as an excuse and played through it. This was a good stretch and we need to keep it going.”

On Friday, Porter chalked up 15 points and Eric Klicker chipped in with 11 as Wa-Hi posted an overwhelming 63-24 triumph at Pasco.

The Blue Devils used a 7-2 run in the final 2:02 of the first quarter against Hanford to fashion an 11-7 lead after eight minutes.

Porter banked in a jumper with 4:16 remaining in the second quarter to give Wa-Hi an eight-point lead, 19-11.

Hanford ripped off the next eight points to knot the score before a Lake layin with 36 seconds on the clock gave the Blue Devils a two-point edge, 21-19, at halftime.

Wa-Hi busted the game open with a 16-7 run over the first four minutes and 20 seconds of the third quarter. A low-block basket by Lake with 3:40 left in period three gave the Blue Devils a 37-26 lead.

A Lake layup ended a 7-0 burst in the final 1:05 of the frame to lift Wa-Hi to a 46-30 advantage at the third-quarter buzzer.

“Ross played well,” Golden said. “A lot of guys off the bench (played well).”

The Falcons closed within 12, 53-41, on a 3-pointer by Ben Seaman with five minutes to go.

But the Blue Devils ended the game with a 12-1 run. An Adam Little jumper with 24 seconds left provided the final margin of victory.

“In the first half, we had way too many turnovers,” Golden said. “We talked about it at halftime. Then we were able to hit some shots, get some stops, and were able to stretch the lead.”

Wa-Hi hosts league-leading Richland on Friday.

WALLA WALLA 65, HANFORD 42

HANFORD (42) — Taylor 1-1 0-0 3, Mickelson 2-7 0-0 5, Watson 4-9 0-0 9, Heiman 0-0 0-0 0, Seaman 1-6 2-2 5, Heid 2-7 0-0 4, Hannu 2-5 0-0 6, Sivonen 4-9 0-0 9, Sutey 0-1 0-0 0, Skinner 0-0 1-2 1. Total 16-45 3-4 42.

WA-HI (65) — Gogl 0-0 0-0 0, Steele 1-3 0-0 2, Klicker 2-9 1-2 6, Porter 8-14 0-0 19, Locati 3-6 0-0 6, Barker 0-0 0-0 0, Lake 9-14 0-3 18, Little 1-1 0-0 2, Harvey 3-5 2-2 8, Handcox 1-1 0-0 2, Sumerlin 0-1 0-0 0, Giles 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 29-55 3-7 65.

Hanford 7 12 11 12 — 42

Wa-Hi 11 10 25 19 — 65

3-point goals — Hanford 7-28 (Hannu 2, Taylor, Mickelson, Watson, Seaman, Sivonen), Wa-Hi 4-14 (Porter 3, Klicker). Total fouls — Hanford 12, Wa-Hi 11. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Hanford 21 (Watson 6), Wa-Hi 37 (Lake 8). Turnovers — Hanford 17, Wa-Hi 13. Assists — Hanford 12 (Watson 4), Wa-Hi 18 (Klicker 4, Lake 4, Harvey 4).

WALLA WALLA 63, PASCO 24

WA-HI (63) — Gogl 5-7 0-0 13, Steele 0-2 0-0 0, Klicker 4-5 0-0 11, Porter 6-8 0-0 15, Locati 2-4 0-0 4, Barker 1-1 0-0 2, Lake 2-6 0-2 4, Little 1-4 0-0 2, Harvey 0-3 0-0 0, Sumerlin 0-0 0-0 0, Giles 3-4 0-2 6. Totals 27-48 0-5 63.

PASCO (24) — Razo 2-5 0-0 4, Groce 3-9 0-0 7, Young 0-5 0-0 0, Ingram 0-4 0-0 0, Robinson 1-10 1-2 3, Chavez 0-0 2-2 2, Mendoza 0-1 0-0 0, King 3-8 0-1 6, Correa 1-5 0-0 2, Gutierrez 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 10-50 3-5 24.

Wa-Hi 19 17 14 13 — 63

Pasco 4 9 5 6 — 24

3-point goals — Wa-Hi 9-16 (Gogl 3, Klicker 3, Porter 3), Pasco 1-12 (Groce). Total fouls — Wa-Hi 13, Pasco 8. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Wa-Hi 40 (Lake 8), Pasco 25 (Razo 4). Turnovers — Wa-Hi 13, Pasco 14. Assists — Wa-Hi 22 (Steele 5), Pasco 3 (Groce 2).

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