Walla Walla Community College
Men's Basketball

WWCC men win

Led by Marcus McKone’s 28 points off the bench, Walla Walla Community College’s men shot 56 percent (33 of 59) from the floor en route to a 98-49 Northwest Athletic Conference East Region basketball win over Blue Mountain Saturday in the WWCC Dietrich Dome.

The Warriors took a 42-18 halftime lead, and turned the Timberwolves’ trapping and pressing defense into scoring opportunities.

“They started double-teaming and pressing,” WWCC coach Jeff Reinland said. “We ended up getting some open looks because of that.”

McKone went off on BMCC’s defense, hitting 8-of-11 from three-point range and 9-of-13 from the field overall.

Landon Radliff scored 20 points for WWCC, shooting seven-of-nine from the floor including six-for-eight from behind the three-point line. Radliff also had nine rebounds, second to teammate Jake Albright’s game-high 11 boards.

Brandon Porter and reserve Gary Engstrom tallied 15 points apiece for the Warriors, with Engstrom also securing a half-dozen rebounds.

“Engstrom had a nice game for us inside,” Reinland said.

Since a one-point loss to Wenatchee Valley on Jan. 10, the East Region-leading Warriors have won four straight and are 5-1 in the East and 15-4 overall. WWCC plays a 7 p.m. game this Wednesday against Treasure Valley in Ontario, Oregon. TVCC is 7-10 overall and 3-3 in the East Region after Saturday’s 77-71 win at Wenatchee Valley,

“I thought they would win the league this year,” Reinland said of Wednesday’s opponent.

WWCC 98. Blue Mountain 49

BLUE MOUNTAIN (49) — McAllister 10, Landeros 10, Seme 9, Kaden 4, Hillard 2, Lonebear 3, Lowe-Ash 3, Moran 8. Totals 17-80 14-21 49.

WWCC (98) — Porter 15, Thacker 3, Radliff 20, Watson 7, Albright, Tiller 1, Smith, Anderson 8, Kitchen, Ramos 1, Engstrom 15, McKone 28. Totals 33-59 12-16 98.

Halftime — WWCC, 42-18. 3-point goals — BMCC 1, WWCC 20. Total fouls — BMCC 17. WWCC 18. Fouled out — Landeros, Kaden (BMCC). Technical fouls — none. Rebounds — BMCC 39, WWCC 56. Turnovers — BMCC 9, WWCC 19. Assists — BMCC 5, WWCC 18.

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