Irish outplay Pioneer boys, 61-53

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WALLA WALLA — Mac-Hi senior 6-foot, 3-inch post Derek Richwine had 23 points and eight boards for the Pioneers, but they weren’t enough in boys basketball play at DeSales Monday night as the Irish took the win, 61-53.

Travis Haen nailed three from downtown en route to a team-high 19 points for DeSales, with Irish guard Matt Moore picking up 16 points and nine rebounds.

Cameron Richman and Adam Eskil chipped in with 10 points apiece for the Irish.

“We weren’t patient enough with the offense,” Mac-Hi coach Travis Chester said. “We had the height advantage, but if you’re not going to take care of the basketball and utilize it, then it goes to waste.”

The Pioneers had trouble inbounding the ball and getting up court, while the Irish applied full-court pressure.

Mac-Hi had 21 turnovers to just 11 by DeSales.

The Pioneers were also outrebounded by the smaller Irish, 36-23.

“We don’t have a lot of size,” Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. “What we do have is a lot of heart. Guys were out there getting tremendous position on the offensive and defensive boards. We got a lot of second chance opportunities and stopped them from getting a lot of chances.”

“We were flat-footed on defense and probably didn’t work as hard on defense and on the boards as we could have,” a disappointed Chester said. “We’re not disciplined enough to win yet. We had turnovers at the wrong time and we didn’t concentrate when needed.”

Still, the game was close throughout.

The Irish jumped out to a 20-12 first-quarter lead and Mac-Hi chipped away at the single-digit lead in the second and third quarters.

The score going into the fourth was 46-42 Irish.

“It was one of those games where neither team was out of it until the very end,” Griffin said. “It wasn’t until the very last 20 seconds that I felt like my guys finally had it under control. It was one of those games where our guys just worked tremendously hard.”

The Irish weren’t given much from the charity stripe, as Mac-Hi committed only 10 fouls and sent DeSales to the line eight times, where they connected on four of them.

The Pioneers were 9-of-14 from the free-throw line.

Mac-Hi wing Carlos Angel was a 7-of-10 from the line for the Pioneers while scoring 15 points.

Guard Jeremy Ley hit two from downtown en route to eight points.

“We’ve got to find some more guards who want to have the ball in their hands,” Chester said. “Make the right reads and run the offense. We flat-out had this game taken from us tonight. We were beat down and it is past the time of year where we’ve just looking for improvement. It has got to start translating to wins.”

The Pioneers (1-5) take to the hardwood Thursday for a 7:30 p.m. tip at Walla Walla Valley Academy. They then play at the Heppner Invitational Dec. 28-29th.

The Irish (3-2, 0-2 league) take on Echo today at 7:30 p.m.

DESALES 61, MAC-HI 53

MAC-HI (53) — Saldana 0 0-0 0, Ortiz 1 0-0 2, Armenta 0 0-0 0, Shuler 1 12 3, Ley 3 0-1 8, McElrath 0 0-0 0, Angel 4 7-10 15, Richwine 11 1-1 23, Williams 1 0-0 2, Perez 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 9-14 53.

DESALES (61) — Roach 0 0-0 0, Haen 8 0-2 19, Eskil 5 0-0 10, Richman 4 2-2 10, Cortez 0 0-0 0, Moore 7 0-2 16, Dera 0 0-0 0, Leconte 1 0-0 2, Galloway 1 1-2 3, Miedema 0 0-0 0. Totals 21 4-8 61.

Mac-Hi 12 13 17 11 — 53

DeSales 20 12 14 15 — 61

3-point goals — Mac-HI 2 (Ley 2), DeS 5 (Moore 2, Haen 3). Total fouls — Mac-Hi 10, DeS 14. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Mac-Hi 23 (Richwine 8), DeS 36 (Moore 9). Turnovers — Mac-Hi 21, DeS 11.

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