Mount Hood sends Warriors to consolation bracket of Red Devil Classic

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LONGVIEW, Wash. — Mount Hood dominated the backboards, shot 53 percent from the field and got to the free-throw line more often than Walla Walla here Friday during the first round of the Red Devil Classic community college men’s basketball tournament.

All of that helped the Saints to an 88-73 victory in the season-opening game for both clubs.

“The game was fairly close most of the way,” Warriors coach Jeff Reinland said. “But they were able to pull away in the last few minutes.”

Mac Johnson struck for 12 rebounds as Mount Hood beat Walla Walla on the glass 50-31. Colby Mitchell added seven rebounds and Landon Rushton six for the Saints while Jake Hight was the Warriors’ top rebounder with seven.

Walla Walla fired up one more shot from the field than did Mount Hood, but the Saints finished the night with nine more field goals. WWCC was 25-for-65 from the floor, 38 percent, and Mount Hood sank 34-of-64 for its impressive 53 percent opening-night showing.

“We didn’t shoot well,” Reinland said. “And we didn’t defend well.”

To complicate matters, the Saints took 27 free throws and sank 18 of them, 67 percent, while WWCC was 13-for-19 for 68 percent.

Johnson and Mitchell scored 17 points each to lead Mount Hood’s balanced offensive attack. Rushton totaled 14 points and Markeith Floyd and Brandon Kohler each contributed 10 points.

Floyd also totaled a game-high eight assists.

Freshman Case Rada led the Warriors with a game-high 26 points on 8-for-18 shooting overall from the field and 4-for-13 from 3-point distance. Walla Walla was 10-for-36 from downtown, 28 percent, and Mount Hood attempted just 12 3-pointers and connected twice for a 17-percent showing.

Sophomores Caleb Bravard and Dyland Radliff contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Warriors, with Radliff leading WWCC with six assists.

The tournament continued Saturday and finishes up today.

MOUNT HOOD 88, WALLA WALLA 73

MOUNT HOOD (88) — Floyd 5-7 0-0 10, Rushton 6-13 2-2 14, Thomas 1-2 0-1 2, Nolan 1-5 0-0 3, Longi 0-0 0-0 0, Kohler 3-4 4-4 10, Updike 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 5-10 7-11 17, Otis 3-4 2-3 9, Johnson 7-15 3-6 17, Mcmaster 3-4 0-0 6. Totals 34-64 18-27 88.

WALLA WALLA (73) — Bravard 4-7 2-3 12, Radliff 3-11 2-3 10, Rada 8-18 6-7 26, Mills 1-2 0-0 2, Reich 2-4 0-0 5, Hahn 1-4 0-0 3, Harr 1-7 0-2 2, Hight 4-6 0-0 8, Mortensen 1-5 3-4 5, Nooner 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-65 13-19 73.

Halftime — Mount Hood 42, WWCC 35. 3-point goals — Mount Hood 2-12 (Floyd 0-2, Rushton 0-2, Nolan 1-5, Kohler 0-1, Mitchell 0-1, Otis 1-1), WWCC 10-36 (Bravard 2-4, Radliff 2-6, Rada 4-13, Reich 1-3, Hahn 1-3, Harr 0-3, Mortensen 0-4). Total fouls — WWCC 21, Mount Hood 19. Fouled out — WWCC (Radliff). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Mount Hood 50 (Johnson 12), WWCC 31 (Hight 7). Turnovers — Mount Hood 21, WWCC 16. Assists — Mount Hood 16 (Floyd 8), WWCC 12 (Radliff 6).

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