DeSales boys rally past WWVA, 77-72


WALLA WALLA — Walla Walla Valley Academy jumped to a 20-10 lead after one period here Thursday in Southeast 2B boys basketball action.

But DeSales, behind 11 treys, bounced back to defeat the Knights 77-72.

“We didn’t shoot bad in the first quarter, they (WWVA) just shot really well,” Irish coach Allyn Griffin said. “Our guys adjusted and worked their butts off and did a tremendous job on both sides of the floor. We played a complete game.”

Matt Cosaert and Cameron Fitzgerald each scored six for the Knights as WWVA hit nine of its 18 shots in the first to earn the 20-10 lead.

DeSales hit six 3-pointers in the second period, led by Tyler Jacobson’s perfect 3-of-3 from behind the arc, and the Irish got within 35-32 following a Zach Leahy deuce with 2:15 left. Cosaert answered to put WWVA back up 37-32 with 2:05 left.

The Irish hit three consecutive 3-balls, one from Darryl Galloway and two from Jacobson, as the Irish closed the half on a 9-0 run to take a 41-37 lead to break.

“Defensively, we got a couple of steals,” Griffin said. “Our focus was to give them one shot. Make or miss that’s all they get for that possession. We did a tremendous job on the boards.”

“We always expect to get their best effort,” Knights coach Scott Wagner said. “We’ve been playing a lot and may have had some tired legs and they were really active defensively.”

Two free throws from Caleb King got the Knights within 41-39 to open the second half, but the Irish responded. Cameron Richman drained his two free throws with 3:18 left in the third to send the Irish up 53-44.

Richman scored the last five Irish points of the quarter, but 3s from Cosaert and Dustin Rose kept the Knights close as DeSales went to the fourth up 58-54.

Coseart hit a 3 and WWVA was within one at 58-57 with 6:53 left. Jacobson hit his fourth trey and Richman completed a three-point play and the Irish withstood the Knights charge and regained control at 64-57 with 5:40 left.

“They are a very good team, well coached, well disciplined,” Griffin said. “Our game plan was to rebound well, and take care of our possessions. Our guys executed flawlessly.”

A Richman bucket ran the Irish lead to 70-57 with 3:25 left, but the Knights got a trey and a 3-point play from Malcom Shaw, a baseline drive from Dustin Rose and WWVA was back within 70-65 with 2:13 left.

Galloway, Leahy and Richman combined to make 7-of-10 free throws over the last 1:40 and the Irish survived a Knight flurry, a 3 from Ryan Ligman and two deuces from Fitzgerald, to pull out the 77-72 win.

Cosaert led WWVA with 18 points. Fitzgerald added 15, and Rose finished with 12.

The Knights finish SE2B action at 7-3 and, following a non-league tuneup with Soap Lake on Tuesday, will open the District Nine tournament next Friday.

Richman led DeSales with 31 points, as the Irish hit 24-of-54 shots on the night and improve to 4-5 in SE2B play. Tri-Cities Prep visits tonight to conclude regular-season SE2B play.

Jacobson finished with 12, Leahy added 10 and Adam Eskil chipped in 10. Eskil and Galloway each dished out six assists.

“They (DeSales) shot the ball really well,” Wagner said. “Richman was going to the basket hard and we had a hard time stopping that. We didn’t shoot as well as we have. We’ll either be first or second. We have a tough game with Soap Lake that we’ll use to prepare for the tournament. I’m looking forward to it.”

“We’re going to be in that fourth or fifth playoff spot (a loser-out game Wednesday),” Griffin said. “We just want to keep playing well and keep pushing through.”


WWVA (72) — Tewell 0 0-0 0, Shaw 3 1-1 9, Cosaert 7 2-2 18, Fitzgerald 7 1-1 15, Hutton 2 1-1 5, Ligman 2 0-0 5, Rose 5 0-1 12, King 3 2-2 8, Dybdahl 0 0-0 0. Totals 29-65 7-8 72.

DESALES (77) — Galloway 2 1-2 6, Eskil 3 2-3 10, Jacobson 4 0-0 12, C. Miedema 1 0-0 2, Richman 8 11-15 31, Leahy 3 4-6 10, Kjeldgaard 3 0-0 6. Totals 24-54 18-26 77.

WWVA 20 17 17 18 — 72

DeSales 10 31 17 19 — 77

3-point goals — WWVA 7 (Shaw 2, Cosaert 2, Ligman, Rose 2), DeS 11 (Galloway, Eskil 2, Jacobson 4, Richman 4). Total fouls — WWVA 16, DeS 10. Fouled out — WWVA (Rose). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — WWVA 33 (Fitzgerald 7), DeS 37 (Eskil 6, Galloway 6). Turnovers — WWVA 14, DeS 16. Assists — WWVA 6 (Fitzgerald 3), DeS 17 (Eskil 6, Galloway 6).


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