Haen's 30 points lead DeSales past Waitsburg-Prescott, 76-55

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WALLA WALLA — Travis Haen had a hot hand Friday night and DeSales rode it to victory in a Southeast 2B boys basketball game against visiting Waitsburg-Prescott.

Haen, a senior wing, scored baskets from all over the court en route to 30 points and a 76-55 DeSales victory.

The Irish improve to 5-4 in SE2B play and 10-9 overall and have already clinched a berth in the District 7/9 tournament.

W-P falls to 1-8 and 4-14 with the loss.

The Irish hit 30-of-67 (45 percent) from the field in the victory. W-P hit 21-of-44 (48 percent).

Haen was as efficient as he was prolific, hitting 12-of-17 (70 percent) from the field, including a 6-of-9 mark (66 percent) from 3.

“Tonight (Haen) was able to get underneath himself and shoot the ball well,” DeSales coach Allyn Griffin said. “He got a lot of points from beyond the arc, but also key rebounds, tip-ins, I mean he played a very solid game tonight.

“A lot of people see the scoring,” Griffin said, “but when I look at defense, look at how he did rebounding and how he played his mark — how he played the guy he was guarding — he just had a complete game tonight.”

DeSales held a 17-13 advantage after one and went to the break with a 40-32 lead before busting the game open in the third.

The Irish opened a 25-17 lead early in the second behind a Juan Cortez trey and a pair of Luke Fazzari runners, on one of which Fazzari was fouled and sank the extra point.

But W-P was able to stabilize, taking advantage of DeSales’ full-court pressure to score some easy transition baskets.

“It wasn’t anything we were alarmed about,” Griffin said, “but we did give up some transition baskets. They were able to take advantage of some layups, hang tight with us in that regard, and then had some shots (fall) that we played good defense on ... and I’ll take those over wide-open looks any night.”

The Irish upped the pace in the second half and Haen, who scored 12 in the first half, scored 13 of DeSales’ 18 third-quarter points.

Combined with a refocused DeSales defense that held W-P to just 7 points in the quarter, the Irish lead expanded to 58-39 entering the fourth period.

“We’ll always take what the defense allows,” Griffin said of his team’s performance in the second half. “I think they got a little tired because of the pace we run, and so we were able to push it up a little harder, a little faster.

“We go in at halftime and the only adjustment I made was to make sure we don’t go backwards,” he said. “To make sure we keep pushing, keep pushing and, eventually, what we hope happens is what happened tonight where we wore them down a little bit. They got tired and we kept pushing, we kept the volume up.”

DeSales’ lead grew as large as 24, 70-46, with 2:26 to play before a flurry of Irish fouls allowed W-P to go on a 9-2 run to close out the game.

DeSales visits Asotin Saturday at 6:30 p.m.

Waitsburg-Prescott ends its season Saturday as it hosts Walla Walla Valley Academy at 6:30 p.m.

DESALES 76, WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT 55

WAITSBURG-PRESCOTT (55) — Eastman 3 0-1 8, Estes 2 0-2 4, Ebong 1 0-0 2, Deal 1 0-0 3, Acevedo 1 6-7 8, K. Dozier 0 1-2 1, Lanning 6 3-5 15, Alexenko 0 0-0 0, Leroue 5 0-0 10, L. Dozier 2 0-0 4. Totals 21 10-17 55.

DESALES (76) — Haen 12 0-0 30, Fazzari 5 1-1 13, Eskil 2 0-0 4, Richman 2 4-5 8, Cortez 3 0-0 7, LeConte 1 0-0 2, Galloway 1 0-2 2, Scheel 1 1-2 4, Richard 3 0-0 6, Miedema 0 0-0 0. Totals 30 6-10 76.

W-P 13 19 7 16 — 55

DeSales 17 23 18 18 — 76

3-point goals — W-P 3 (Eastman 2, Deal), DeS 10 (Haen 6, Fazzari 2, Cortez, Scheel). Total fouls — W-P 13, DeS 21. Fouled out — W-P (Leroue). Technical fouls — DeSales 1 (bench).

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