Walla Walla Community College finished the first half of East Region play in first place in NWAC men’s basketball action here at the Dietrich Dome Saturday afternoon.
The Warriors hit 15 from beyond the arc and handed Columbia Basin College a 91-51 defeat.
The Warriors settled this one quick as they shot and defended themselves to a 47-12 lead at intermission.
The Warriors had it going from everywhere. 15-of-34 from three-point land, and 24 points from post players Gary Engstrom and Jake Albright.
“We missed a lot of shots to start the game,” Warrior coach Jeff Reinland said “Rad (Landon Radliff) finally hit one to get us going. We got good inside play, and that wasn’t easy as they (CBC) have some big kids. We got some good looks, got to play a lot of kids, and it was agood game for us. We did what we had to do.”
Marcus McKone just missed a double, double, as he hit nine of his 16 attempts from beyond the arc to finish with a game-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Warrior attack. Albright finished with 16. Radliff chipped in 13 as the Warriors finish the first round of East play in first with a 7-1 record.
The defending NWAC champions stood at 7-1 last year, but went 4-4 in the second round before starting their championship run.
“As defending champions, we’ve been getting everyone’s best shot,” Reinland added. “Round two (in the East) is always tough. We’ve got to win enough to get into the tourney.”
Round two begins Wednesday at Spokane.
WWCC 91, CBC 51
CBC (51) — Blaire 14, Anderson 3, Weekes 3, Schumack 2, Smith 15, James 4, brantley 6, Noethe 4. Totals 15-71 17-24 51.
WWCC (91) — Porter 5, Thacker 9, Radliff 13, Watson 7, Albright 16, Tiller, Smith 2, Anderson, Kitchen, Ramos, Engstrom 8, McKone 31. Totals 37-80 2-4 91.
Half time — WWCC 47, CBC 12. 3-point goals — CBC 4, WWCC 15. Total fouls — CBC 10, WWCC 21. Fouled out — WWCC (Albright, Engstrom). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — CBC 50, WWCC 53. Turnovers — CBC 14, WWCC 7. Assists — CBC 3, WWCC 11.