Kennewick opportunistic in MCC hoops win over Pasco

By the Tri-City HeraldFebruary 4, 2014 

Kennewick vs Pasco

Kennewick's John Wuol, left, drives around Pasco's Aaron Correa on Tuesday at Kennewick.

PAUL T. ERICKSON — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

It’s one thing to force turnovers.

It’s another to convert points on the other end.

Between Kennewick guards Alex Garcia and Mitchel Mueller, the Lions took care of business on both ends in a 65-56 Mid-Columbia Conference win over Pasco on Tuesday night at the Lions Den.

Mueller had a season high 29 points, and Garcia finished with 17 points, eight steals and five assists to help Kennewick snap a four-game losing streak.

“When you can get a steal and find people, your (stat) line can fill up fast,” Kennewick coach Bradyn Leyde said of Garcia. “We were able to turn them over a lot in the first half, and we got off to a good start shooting.” Garcia hit five 3-pointers, and Mueller had three.

Jesus Razo led Pasco with a career-high 22 points, a bright spot for a team that has lost 16 consecutive games. “Mike’s got them playing well. They did a nice job getting a couple steals and convert in transition in the third quarter,” Leyde said of the Bulldogs’ 25-point third-quarter effort. “They’re definitely an improved team.”

PASCO — Jesus Razo 22, Young 6, Robinson 8, Chavez 5, Ingram 4, Jalen King 11, Correa, Gutierrez. Totals 24-50 5-6 56.
KENNEWICK — Alex Garcia 17, J.Wuol 1, Mitchel Mueller 29, Fernandez, Kutzke, DeWitt 2, D.Plew, Tennancour 3, C.Plew 3, Vargas 4, Y.Wuol 6. Totals 22-59 12-15 65.
Pasco 11 8 25 12 — 56
Kennewick 23 13 17 12 — 65

Highlights — Garcia 8 steals, 5 assists; DeWitt 5 rebounds; Tennancour 5 steals.

Hanford 69, Sunnyside 60: Falcons freshman guard Ben Seaman shot the lights out against the Grizzlies, hitting 8-of-17 shots, including six 3-pointers for a career-high 25 points in a nonleague road win.

“(Seaman) just made his shots that he shoots for us,” Hanford coach Paul Mayer said. “Kendall Watson was fairly comfortable. He made all 8 of his free throws in the fourth quarter. That was kind of key.”

Jacob Sivonen had a strong night inside, pulling down a game-high 16 rebounds to go with four blocked shots and 10 points.

“I actually thought we were playing well from the start,” Mayer said despite having to erase a 20-13 first-quarter deficit. “We certainly didn’t play with any energy in our last game (a 71-43 loss at Chiawana), so it was nice to see us play with some energy and get after it.”

Cody Fernandez led Sunnyside with 21 points, hitting five 3-pointers of his own.

HANFORD — Ben Seaman 25, Mickelson 8, Kendall Watson 15, Heiman, Heid 7, Hannu 2, Sivonen 10, Sutey 2, Kev.Skinner. Totals 20-56 21-28 69.
SUNNYSIDE — Cody Fernandez 21, Sotelo, Salmeron 16, Voorhies 4, Palacios 8, Herrera, Romero, Pike 1, Garza 10. Totals 22-64 7-13 60.
Hanford 13 16 23 17 — 69
Sunnyside 20 10 14 16 — 60

Highlights — Rebounds: H 47 (Jacob Sivonen 16), S 41 (Garza 7); 3-pointers: H 8-29 (Seaman 6, Watson, Heid), S 9-23 (Fernandez 5, Salmeron 2, Palacios 2); Turnovers: H 12, S 13; Assists: H 12 (Watson 9), S 13 (Palacios 6); Sivonen 4 blocks.

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