WALLA WALLA - It was nearly over before it started. The hapless DeSales Irish were no match for the Sunnyside Christian High School boys basketball team last night, falling behind 24-2 in the first quarter enroute to dropping a 75-33 non-league decision to the visiting Knights.
For 1B Sunnyside Christian, Wednesday night's victory bumped the Knights back above the .500 mark, to 3-2.
In all fairness to 2B DeSales, the Irish were missing their star hoopster, point guard Pat Richard. He sustained an injury playing quarterback for DeSales and is only now working on getting in the required 10 practices before being allowed to join the basketball team.
In routing the Irish, Sunnyside Christian got a balanced offensive effort. Four players finished in double figures, including Kevin DeJong. The 6'5" junior poured in a game-high 20 points, which went nicely with his game-best 15 rebounds and five blocked shots.
"It was definitely his best game of the season so far," said Sunnyside Christian Coach Dean Wagenaar.
Also coming through offensively for the Knights were 6'6" Steven Broersma, who tossed in 14 points, and the duo of Trevor Wagenaar and Tim DeVries, each of whom canned 12 points.
Rounding out the scoring for Sunnyside Christian were Steven Bosma with 8 points, Ryker Van Belle with 6, Ryan Burton with 2 and Jackson Haak with a single point.
DeSales was led by Shay Crowley with 9 points.
In racing past DeSales on the Walla Walla hardwood last night, the Knights connected on 36-of-66 shots from the field, although they drew a blank from 3-point land, going 0-for-5.
Sunnyside Christian outboarded the home team by a 45 to 18 margin. In addition to the 15 rebounds snared by DeJong, DeVries and Wagenaar came away with eight and six caroms, respectively.
The Knights have another non-league game remaining, a Jan. 5 match-up at home against visiting White Swan, before jumping into league play three nights later against Bickleton.