The Richland boys basketball team passed a big test Saturday night in Walla Walla, pulling out an 80-75 Mid-Columbia Conference overtime win over the Blue Devils to move into second place.
Bombers freshman guard Steven Beo had a breakout game, hitting 9 of 14 shots including 4-of-7 from 3-point range to lead the team with 28 points. Jacob DeVries added 17 points for Richland (8-3, 5-1 MCC).
Beo was real solid all around, Bombers coach Earl Streufert said. He hit 6 of 6 free throws late in the game. That was really important.
Walla Wallas Tanner Cranor led all scorers with 35 points, keeping the Blue Devils (9-3, 4-2) close to the hot-shooting Bombers, who shot 50 percent (28-for-56) on the night and 10-of-22 from the 3-point arc.
They got the ball inside to Cranor, and he had his way with us, Streufert said. If we had good position, hed make a shot over us. If we werent in good position, he got us in foul trouble.
We controlled him a little better in the second half.
After Nate Streufert hit a free throw with 4.8 seconds left in regulation to put Richland up 71-69. Gabe Porter dribbled down quickly to give Wa-Hi a chance but slipped while passing off to Eric Klicker, who recovered the ball in time to sink a shot that forced an extra period.
We made all our free throws in overtime, coach Streufert said.
RICHLAND Jacob DeVries 17, Crandall, McCullough, Steven Beo 28, Radliff 13, Hilty 7, Streufert 12, Wheeler 3, Miller. Totals 28-56 14-20 80.
WALLA WALLA Toon 2, Klicker 15, Porter 8, Thonney 1, Eggert 1, Arias 8, Gilmore 5, Tanner Cranor 35, Warinner. Totals 28-49 17-25 75.
Richland 19 19 17 16 9 80
Walla Walla 14 15 18 24 4 75
Highlights Cranor 7 rebs; Eggert 4 assists; Mason Hilty 5 assists; Nathan Streufert 6 rebs.