High School Sports

Richland crushes Wenatchee

At any level of basketball, it's not generally advisable to look ahead of any opponent, and in the playoffs that goes double.

But who could blame the Richland boys for looking into the crystal ball during a laughable 72-29 CBBN first-round district win over Wenatchee on Friday at Art Dawald Gymnasium?

After watching the Panthers miss 30 of their first 31 shots and sink just three field goals through the first three quarters, what else could the Bombers do besides begin look toward tonight's district semifinal matchup at Chiawana?

"I can't lie. At the half we were in (the locker room) talking, and we kind of knew we had this one won," said Richland post Calvin Douglas, who had 13 points and 10 rebounds despite sitting on the bench with his fellow starters for much of the second half. "We just needed to keep people in front of us on defense."

The 6-foot-6 senior scored 10 points in the first 5 minutes. Douglas was 5-for-5 in the first quarter, hitting everything he put up.

"When I started making some shots, I really started feeling it," Douglas said. "Why not attack?"

Adam Baker capped a productive first quarter with five straight points to give the Bombers a 24-6 lead. He finished with 10, including a pair of first-half

3-pointers.

Grant Gallinger led Richland with 16 points. The 6-2 senior guard played a big role in both of the Bombers' matchups against Chiawana, scoring 28 in a 91-87 overtime loss on the road and then a game-high 22 in a 57-44 home win.

Gallinger won't need a wake-up call to face the Riverhawks in Pasco at 7 p.m. tonight.

"It's just another stepping stone to where we want to be," Gallinger said. "This game (against Chiawana) is huge. You just feel totally different during warmups. You want to play, you're ready to play. You play until they have to drag you off the court."

Wenatchee guard Cooper Helm hit a pair of free throws at 3:17 of the first quarter, but the Panthers -- playing without injured all-CBBN guard and leading scorer Jared Jaeger -- went scoreless for 17 minutes and 35 seconds until Nathan Allison scored off a feed from Danny Burnham at 3:06 of the third quarter to make it 50-8.

"I've never seen that in all my years as a coach, going 1-for-31," Wenatchee coach Ron Stone said. "(Jaeger's absence) plays into it. He's a threat and a scorer, but I'm not sure it would have made that big a difference."

Helm led the Panthers with 10 points, hitting a pair of 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. His outburst -- he had eight over the final 5:30 -- allowed Wenatchee to at least go out with some dignity, more than doubling their output over the first three quarters.

The lopsided victory also gave Richland a chance to give some playing time to some reserve players that could prove invaluable in the future.

"I haven't really had a substitute, so we need to get them some experience," said Douglas, who was spelled by 6-4 sophomore Spencer Wheeler.

In the fourth quarter, Wheeler came alive, scoring eight points, including a pair of three-point plays that fired up the team and gave Streufert something to look forward to over the next few seasons.

But for now, he's looking at Chiawana.

"The key for us is finding some balance on offense," Bombers coach Earl Streufert said. "Grant and Calvin are going to demand the ball. The offense has gone through them all year long. But you can't put too much emphasis on one or two guys, because teams will be expecting that."

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