Jacob Devries takes no pleasure in beating his former teammates, the Chiawana Riverhawks.
But that doesn’t mean he can’t have a little bit of fun while doing it.
Devries, a Richland senior who transferred from Chiawana after his freshman year, chalked up 30 points Tuesday night in a 90-59 win over the Riverhawks at Art Dawald Gym in Richland. It was the third time the 6-foot guard has reached the 30-point barrier this season.
“I have a lot of friends over there,” Devries said. “It’s kind of fun to come in and do well against them.”
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Chiawana coach Chad Herron, who could use a strong shooting guard after injuries to four key players put the Riverhawks behind the eight ball, has been impressed with Devries’ progress over the years.
“I’m happy for any player who puts a lot of effort into his game,” Herron said.
Devries certainly put in the work Tuesday. In addition to the offensive explosion, he chipped in eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Richland never trailed but got off to a slow start nonetheless. Payton Radliff drilled a 3-pointer to open the game, but after Devries pushed the ball up the court and found Steven Beo for a layin to make it 12-5 with 3:43 left in the first quarter, the Bombers didn’t score for nearly 3 minutes. Chiawana wasn’t scoring much, either, for that matter, missing eight of its last nine shots of the quarter.
“We were a little lethargic early on, but (Devries) wasn’t,” Richland coach Earl Streufert after Devries hit 10 of 15 shots from the field, including 4-of-4 from the 3-point arc. “He didn’t take a bad shot all night, and he did so many things for us. He was really focused to play.”
The Bombers started to find their rhythm in the second quarter, as Devries and Nathan Streufert combined for 19 points in the frame to give Richland a 41-18 halftime lead.
Streufert finished with 22 points and 15 rebounds.
Radliff, the Richland’s leading scorer at 20 points a game, finished with 10 points but he was a force on defense and kept the Bombers’ offense on track. In 25 minutes, the senior guard made four steals and didn’t commit a single turnover.
“Last year I was a two-guard, but this year they made me the point guard. I feel more responsible for keeping the offense moving,” Radliff said. “We wanted to just keep getting (Devries) the ball and let him keep shooting.”
Radliff, who has a 30-point game of his own this season along with Streufert, didn’t feel that Devries’ third 30-point performance would lead to any feelings of adversity on the team. In fact, he said it’s a joy to watch a teammate have a big night.
“Especially when they’re knocking down shots like that,” Radliff said. “I get every shot I want on offense.”
Richland finished the second quarter on a 19-7 run, and at the same time got Chiawana players into foul trouble. Riverhawks post Victor Koval picked up his fourth foul just 16 seconds into the third quarter and fouled out at the 4:18 mark later in the frame.
After Koval left, the Bombers went on a 17-2 run to make it 64-29 with 42 seconds left in the third.
“Man for man, all five (starters) can shoot, pass and dribble. It’s a team full of gym rats,” said Herron, who took Pasco to the Class 4A state tournament four times between 2003 and 2007. “If they stay healthy, they have a legitimate chance at winning the whole thing. I’ve been very privileged to coach in the state tournament, and they are a team that can definitely win it.”
Devries had 20 points at the half, and Radliff and Streufert made concerted efforts to get him the ball in the third quarter. Streufert found him on an inbounds play for his 23rd point. He drained a 3-pointer 2 minutes later to hit 26.
At the 2:07 mark, Beo found him on an inbounds play and he used outstanding body control to hit a layup and draw a foul. He converted the three-point play for his 29th point. Finally, with 42 seconds left in the third, he hit the front end of a two-shot foul to hit the 30-point plateau.
Devries was careful to thank his teammates for setting him up.
“Every time I caught the ball, I had a shot,” Devries said.
CHIAWANA — Singleton 5, Wren 9, Mendoza, Koval 6, Wesley Henderson 12, Mitchell 2, Harris 9, Dre Dorton 11, Grandison 3, Maughan 2. Totals 23-50 12-18 59.
RICHLAND — Jacob Devries 30, McCullough 3, Beo 6, Radliff 10, Nathan Streufert 22, Torres-Elfering 7, Nelson 1, Perry 2, Leahy 6, Ch.Miller 2, Car.Miller 6. Totals 31-64 18-34 90.
Chiawana 7 11 12 29 — 59
Richland 15 26 24 25 — 90
Highlights — Rebounds: C 31 (Henderson 8), R 38 (Streufert 15); 3-pointers: C 1-6 (Wren), R 10-21 (Devries 4, Radliff 2, Leahy 2, McCullough, Streufert); Turnovers: C 21, R 12; Devries 4 assists, 2 steals; Radliff 4 steals, 0 turnovers.