Bulldogs get payback on WWCC


WALLA WALLA — When Walla Walla defeated Bellevue 82-81 Dec. 13 in the first round of a men’s community college crossover basketball tournament in Bellevue, it might have caught the Bulldogs by surprise.

“I don’t think they thought we had any chance to beat them up there, I’ll say that,” Warriors coach Jeff Reinland said. “I think we got their attention.”

Bellevue got its payback Sunday night in the Dietrich Dome by defeating the Warriors 82-69 in the championship game of WWCC’s crossover tournament.

“We didn’t sneak up on them this time, that’s for sure,” Reinland said.

The Bulldogs, who defeated Linn-Benton 82-71 and Highline 69-59 en route to Sunday’s championship game, evened their season record at 6-6. The Warriors, who defeated Grays Harbor 118-92 and Umpqua 91-74 the first two nights of the tournament, are now 6-5.

“We didn’t shoot as well,” Reinland said of Sunday’s losing effort. “That was the bottom line. We had so many open shots and we just couldn’t get them to go in.”

Another factor, Reinland said, was the absence of Seth Alden, a sophomore point guard who scored in double figures the previous two nights in place of sophomore Eric Harr, who is out for the season with a torn labrum. Alden, who had been cleared recently to return to action after suffering a concussion in October, was struck in the nose during Saturday’s game.

“He got up with a headache and was a little foggy (Sunday) so we decided to sit him out,” Reinland said. “We knew this was going to be a real physical game, and we would rather have him playing in January. Besides, the bottom line is his health.”

Reinland didn’t rule out the possibility that Alden would be back on the court Saturday when the Warriors open play in a Christmas tournament at Clackamas CC in Oregon City. WWCC is matched against Centralia at 3 p.m.

“He told me he was feeling 100 percent after the game,” Reinland said of Alden. “He has been playing really well for us and he is our point guard, so that was a big loss. We might have won the game if Seth had been in there.”

Satchel Schetzle moved from his starting wing position to play point guard Sunday night. And Joe Underdahl came off the bench to spell Schetzle.

“It is not his favorite thing to do,” Reinland said of playing Schetzle at point guard. “He would much rather be on the wing. But he’s a good athlete, and he has that gear where he can step it up and play with the real athletic kids.”

Schetzle led four Warriors in double figures with 16 points. Dallas Reich tallied 13, Nate Richards scored 11 and Prince Lacey finished with 10.

Austin Nooner, a veteran post, scored eight points and grabbed a team-high eight rebounds despite being in foul trouble most of the game.

“That was another factor,” Reinland said. “Noon picked up two fouls very early in the game and had to come out, then got his third foul early in the second half.”

Reggie Clinton and Anthony McLaughlin scored 18 points each for Bellevue. Darien Muongvang collared 17 rebounds as the Bulldogs held a commanding 44-31 advantage on the backboards.

“They are bigger than we are,” Reinland said of the Bulldogs. “But more than that, they are a lot quicker. That is where we had the problems.”

Bellevue 82, Walla Walla 69

BELLEVUE (82) — Ward 0-0 0-0 0, Muongvang 4-12 7-7 16, Greer 2-8 0-0 5, Clinton 6-8 3-3 18, Jordan 2-4 4-7 9, Jones 1-4 0-0 2, Holloway 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 1-4 0-0 2, McLaughlin 7-11 4-8 18, O’Keefe 6-18 0-0 12. Totals 29-69 18-25 82.

WALLA WALLA (69) — Schetzle 6-13 2-5 16, Bravard 1-7 0-0 3, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Underdahl 3-5 1-1 7, Sawyer 0-0 0-0 0, Reich 4-11 3-4 13, Lacey 4-14 0-0 10, Grooms 0-1 1-2 1, Richards 4-9 0-0 11, Nooner 3-7 2-4 8. Totals 25-67 9-16 69.

Halftime — Bellevue 39, WWCC 25. 3-point goals — Bellevue 6-16 (Muongvang 1-2, Greer 1-5, Clinton 3-5, Jordan 1-2, Smith 0-1, O’Keefe 0-1), WWCC 10-37 (Schetzle 2-8, Bravard 1-6, Underdahl 0-1, Reich 2-6, Lacey 2-10, Richards 3-6). Total fouls — WWCC 17, Bellevue 16. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — Bellevue 44 (Moungvang 17), WWCC 31 (Nooner 8). Turnovers — Bellevue 8, WWCC 7. Assists — WWCC 11 (Schetzle 6), Bellevue 8 (O’Keefe 3).


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