Walla Walla Community College
Men's Basketball

Warrior men win NWAC 1st round matchup with Pierce

Everett, WA – The 4pm matchup of the NWAC 1st round featured the West #2 Pierce Raiders (23-6) and the East #3 Walla Walla Warriors (20-8).  An early lead in the first half by Pierce was quickly overtaken by the Warriors thanks to an 11 point performance from Gabe Porter and a team FG% of 52% on 13/25 shooting.

Pierce did not go away even though starting forward and team leading scorer Hussayn Ford had to sit most of the first half with 2 fouls.  The Raiders went into the half down 37-35.

The hot shooting of the Warriors continued in the second half, and built their lead to as many as nine points, but with two minutes to play a Makaleb McGinnis steal put the Raiders back on top 61-60 for their first lead since the early stages of the game.

From that point on there were two lead changes and two ties.  With 17 seconds remaining a Michael Hannan three tied the game at 67.

The Warriors held their composure and Landon Radliff drove to the bucket, making a highly contested reverse layup to seal the victory 69-67.

Radliff lead all scorers and finished the game with 22 points, 2 assists, and 4 steals.

Walla Walla will advance to the elite 8 and will face Whatcom at 6pm on Friday evening.