Boys basketball: Southridge rallies past Walla Walla

January 3, 2014 

Things are coming together for the Southridge boys basketball team, which improved to 3-0 in Mid-Columbia Conference play with an impressive 56-54 home win over Walla Walla on Friday night in Kennewick.

But before Suns coach D.J. Traver lets his team get too excited about their fine start, he’ll remind them there are a few more games to play.

“It’s so tough night in, night out. Anybody can beat anybody, although Richland is tougher than most,” Traver said. “We’re only a quarter of the way through. There’s a long way to go.”

Still, Southridge’s second-year coach was pleased with the win, which included a late comeback and some balanced scoring.

Daniel Getchell scored 19 points to lead the Suns, which outscored the Blue Devils 26-19 in the fourth quarter to earn the win. Cole Pitt added 11 points and Nolan Molt chipped in 10 for Southridge.

Molt, a junior guard, also helped limit Walla Walla’s leading scorer Gabe Porter — who is averaging more than 17 points a game — to just three points. “We were down five points to start the fourth, but we pieced it together,” Suns coach D.J. Traver said. “We found some gaps in their defense, which is really solid, and we were able to attack the basket better than we had been doing.”

Ross Lake led Walla Walla with 22 points.

WALLA WALLA — Steele 6, Klicker 12, Porter 3, Locati, Ross Lake 22, Harvey 7, Handcox 4.

SOUTHRIDGE — Kelly, Howard, Daniel Getchell 19, Pitt 11, Molt 10, Vorheis 7, Crider 7, Schafer 2.

Walla Walla 10 19 6 19 — 54

Southridge 16 4 10 26 — 56

Richland 108, Chiawana 78: The Bombers shot a blistering 63.7 percent from the floor, making 44-of-69 shots while cracking the rarely seen century mark in Pasco.

Payton Radliff’s 31 led all scorers, while Nathan Streufert added 16 points and 11 rebounds, and Steven Beo chipped in with 14 points.

“They put on an offensive clinic,” Chiawana coach Chad Herron said. “We didn’t match their intensity defensively. I thought we gave them too many easy looks.”

The Riverhawks did score a season-high in points, as Aaric Wren had 22 and Wesley Henderson added 16.

“We played Richland’s game,” Herron said. “Going up and down the floor to see if we could match them shot for shot and it didn’t work. That was not the gameplan.”

RICHLAND — Payton Radliff 31, DeVries 12, Torres-Elfering 6, Nelson, McCullough 8, Perry 5, Beo 14, Leahy 4, Streufert 16, Miller 12. Totals 44-69 11-20 108.

CHIAWANA — Aaric Wren 22, Mitchell 2, Harris 10, Singleton 6, Dorton 4, Mendoza 6, Vivero 5, Koval 7, Henderson 16. Totals 29-61 17-25 78.

Richland 25 29 33 21 — 108

Chiawana 18 19 20 21 — 78

Highlights — Richland: Streufert 11 rebounds, Torres-Elfering 3 steals, Beo 3 steals. Chiawana: Harris 7 rebounds, Koval 6 rebounds.

Hanford 77, Pasco 50: Brady Heid’s 23 points led the Falcons to a Mid-Columbia Conference home victory over the Bulldogs.

Hanford outscored Pasco 41-14 in the second and third quarters to pull away. Jose Correa’s 14 led Pasco.

PASCO — Jose Correa 14, Shaffer 2, Gutierrez, Daniels 5, Wallwork 2, Robinson 8, Young 11, Groce 2, Razo 4, Chavez 4. Totals 21-58 6-17 50.

HANFORD — Brady Heid 23, Watson 16, Heiman 6, Seaman 8, Hannu 6, Sivonen 9, Ked. Skinner, Sutey, Kev. Skinner, Mickelson 9. Totals 26-63 9-10 77.

Pasco 17 7 7 21 — 50

Hanford 17 19 22 19 — 77

Highlights — Pasco: Robinson 9 rebounds; Hanford: Heid 10 rebounds, Watson 7 assists.

Kennewick 68, Kamiakin 57: The Lions missed just one shot in the first quarter, jumping out to a 24-9 lead and held off the visiting Braves the rest of the night.

For the game, Kennewick was a blistering 21-of-38 as Alex Garcia poured in a game-high 26 points.

“We hit some 3-pointers in the first and third quarters,” Kennewick coach Bradyn Leyde said. “Kamiakin did a good job of fighting back. They battled back and played hard. It is always a battle when Kamiakin and Kennewick get together.”

The Lions added 30 points in the third quarter, taking a 58-31 lead after three. Kamiakin, though, outscored its crosstown foes 26-10 in the fourth quarter, pulling within nine at one point.

Mitchel Mueller added 16 points for Kennewick, while Yiel Wuol finished with 15.

Kylle Robertson’s 18 points led the Braves, while Tre Joseph added 10.

KAMIAKIN — Kylle Robertson 18, Wagar 6, Joseph 10, Nelson 4, Holle 9, Brimmer, Bayles 2, Gurney 2, Fowler 6. Totals 17-53 16-29 57.

KENNEWICK — Alex Garcia 26, J. Wuol 6, Mueller 16, Fernandez, Young, DeWitt, Molnaa, D. Plew, Tennancour, C. Plew 1, Vargas 2, Y. Wuol 15. Totals 21-38 13-20 68.

Kamiakin 9 11 11 26 — 57

Kennewick 24 4 30 10 — 68

Highlights — Vargas 8 rebounds, J. Wul 7 rebounds; Garcia 4 steals.

Columbia (Burbank) 64, Mabton 34: Chris Ryckman hit four 3-pointers, pouring in 24 points in just three quarters of play to lead the Coyotes to a nonleague win in Burbank.

Roy Zavala’s 10 led the Vikings.

MABTON — E. Diaz 8, Sanchez 5, Herrera 2, Roy Zavala 10, Leyendekker 2, Espinoza 3, Galarza 2, A. Diaz 2.

COLUMBIA (BURBANK) — McBride 5, Chisum 2, Wattenberger 8, Balch, Mejia 8, Boulds 2, Romm 3, Brown 3, Ellis 6, Sorbel 3, Chris Ryckman 24.

Mabton 11 7 6 10 — 34

Columbia (Burbank) 18 10 23 13 — 64

Liberty Christian 65, St. John-Endicott 56: Robby Heimann pulled down 21 rebounds to go with 11 points as the Patriots held on for the win at home.

John Lesser and Mason Sullivan also scored 11 points to lead LC’s balanced offense. Isaiah Ojeda added 10 points and five assists.

ST. JOHN-ENDICOTT — Adem Blakeley 16, Robert Staples 16, Beltierra 1, Dailey 4, Felk 4, Whinery 2, Smith 7, Hudson 6.

LIBERTY CHRISTIAN — John Lesser 11, Mason Sullivan 11, Robby Heimann 11, Ojeda 10, Godwin 9, Mote 4, Kelly 9, Chambers, Eder.

SJE 9 17 13 17 — 56

Liberty Christian 15 19 15 16 — 65

Highlights — Isaiah Ojeda 5 asts; Cameron Godwin 3 asts, 3 stls; Chris Kelly 4 stls; Robby Heimann 21 rebs.

Tri-Cities Prep 48, Riverside 40: Brady Versteeg’s 13 points and eight rebounds led the Jaguars to a nonleague home victory.

Jorge Guajardo added 11 points for Tri-Cities Prep.

RIVERSIDE — Barrero, Velasquez 4, Ojedo, Mendoza 2, Olivera 2, Armeola 3, Corpus 10, Shimmer 13, Navarro 6.

TRI-CITIES PREP — Perez 8, Guajardo 11, Nelson, Pederson 8, Montellongo 8, Ghirardo, Brady Versteeg 13.

Riverside 10 10 13 7 — 40

Tri-Cities Prep 9 16 13 10 — 49

Highlights — Tri-Cities Prep: Dane Pederson 5 steals, Versteeg 8 rebounds, 4 blocks.

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