Yaks hold off WWCC men

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WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Community College’s men’s basketball team wasted 43 points by Dylan Radliff, and an additional 30 points by Eric Harr, in a 104-99 loss to Yakima Valley at the Dietrich Dome Wednesday night.

Yakima Valley had six players in double figures, while WWCC had just three. Case Rada added 16 points and only three other Warriors broke into the scoring column.

“They have a host of guys that are hard to stop,” WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. “We got our big three. Case (Rada) didn’t have a good night, but Rad (Radliff) and Harr obviously did. We just dug too big of a hole. It is tough to get out of it against a team like that. We came close to doing it, but it is what it is.”

Yakima Valley was led by Tomas Ogbaslassie, with 19 points and five boards. Kaipo Pale added 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Jacoby Howe and Joel Yellow Owl each added 16 points apiece for the Yaks.

Montero Rice scored 15 points and Shannon Isadore contributed 13.

“We just didn’t come ready to play,” Reinland said. “They (Yakima) pounced on us early. After about five minutes into the second half, we outplayed them. We just played so poorly in the first part of the game.

“The coaching staff got a little pumped up trying to get the guys excited and ready to play,” he said. “We got a few whistles against us.”

The Yaks jumped out to an early 17-6 lead, led by Rice with eight points from his guard position. That is when the Warriors called their second timeout of the game with 14:46 left.

The score was 34-20 with 8:06 remaining in the opening half when the first technical on the Warriors bench was called.

A second technical was called on the coaching staff at the 6:30 mark of the half and the score was 40-25.

The Warriors shot 2-of-12 from downtown and were just 36.1 percent from the field.

The Warriors were also outrebounded 28-15 in the first half, with 14 of those Yak boards being offensive. The Yaks had 11 second-chance points before the intermission and had 15 points off turnovers.

Walla Walla did better in the second half. The Warriors cut the lead to 14 with 17 minutes remaining, and it was a see-saw battle after that.

The Warriors were able to shoot themselves back into the game and make the final a five-point deficit.

In the second half, WWCC was 8-of-15 from behind the arc and 46.7 percent from the field.

“What can you say?” Reinland asked. “We just gave up too big of a lead in the first half. We just didn’t have the intensity that we needed.”

The Warriors were outrebounded in the end, 53-35, and gave up 26 offensive boards.

“The bottom line is, against an athletic team like that, we have to come ready to play,” Reinland said. “They killed us on the boards. We actually got some decent stops, we just couldn’t get the rebounds. That has been a problem for us all year.”

The Warriors (8-8 overall, 2-2 East Region) head to Wenatchee for a 4 p.m. tip Saturday.

YAKIMA VALLEY 104, WWCC 99

YVCC (104) — Martinez 3-6 0-0 6, Rice 5-13 4-6 15, Ogbaslassie 9-19 1-3 19, Bonser 1-4 0-0 2, Flander 0-1 0-0 0, Howe 6-11 4-7 16, Isadore 5-8 3-4 13, Pale 7-15 3-8 17, Yellow Owl 7-12 2-2 16. Totals 43-89 17-30 104.

WWCC (99) — Radliff 15-31 11-13 43, Rada 4-20 6-6 16, Mills 1-2 0-0 2, Reich 0-1 0-0 0, Hahn 1-5 0-2 2, Harr 10-16 4-4 30, Nooner 3-6 0-2 6, Kennedy 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 34-81 21-27 99.

Halftime score — YVCC 59-40. 3-point goals — YVCC 1-1 (Rice 1-1), WWCC 10-27 (Radliff 2-10, Rada 2-8, Reich 0-1, Harr 6-8). Total fouls — YVCC 19, WWCC 21. Fouled out — none. Technical fouls — YVCC (bench, Pale), WWCC (bench 2). Rebounds — YVCC 53 (Pale 13), WWCC 35 (Harr 6). Assists — YVCC 13 (Howe 5), WWCC 10 (Rada 4). Turnovers — YVCC 12, WWCC 12.

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