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By Eric Umphrey
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Walla Walla boys cruise to easy win over Pasco, 78-43


January 23, 2020

Eric Umphrey

Everything was falling in for Michael Cornia including this shot.

WALLA WALLA-The Walla Walla boys varsity basketball team hosted the Pasco Bulldogs in a conference game Tuesday January 14th. Pasco opened the game with a very slow-paced offense that included lots of passing. For the first couple of minutes of the first quarter there was no score. The first play of note was a blocked shot by #10 Michael Cornia. He had at least four blocked shots in the game. #24 Jacob Coram opened the scoring for Wa-Hi with two three-pointers. A great pass from #12 Dillion Wasser to Michael Cornia, resulted in a layup and a 8-0 lead. Wa-Hi continued to score without Pasco getting on the board. #14 Diego Jaques made a great drive into the lane and scored on the left-handed layup. That put the score at 15-0 and all Pasco could manage on their end was a free-throw to get on the board at 15-1. The quarter would end 20-1 Wa-Hi.

In the 2nd quarter, Pasco did manage to get their offense back on track. They received scoring contributions from #3 Robert Garza, who hit a couple of three-pointers and #13 Ethan Legard who would go on to score a Pasco team-high of thirteen for the game. For Wa-Hi, Michael Cornia followed up his nine-point first quarter with another nine-point second quarter. #22 Robert Watson added seven of his own and the Walla Walla Blue Devils went into halftime with a comfortable 42-14 lead.

Michael Cornia poured in another fifteen points in the 3rd quarter. Most of them were due to great passes fed to him by his teammates in the lane. Three of those points came from a very deep three-pointer to make the score 58-27. He finished the game with thirty-three points and played great defense. With a couple minutes left in the game, big man #42 Daniel Nielson came into the game with a roar of approval from the student section. Another roar rose up out of the section after Nielson hit a three-pointer for Wa-Hi's seventy-eighth point of the game. They would go on to win 78-43.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total

Pasco 1 13 19 10 43

Walla Walla 20 22 22 14 78


WW: Dylan Ashbeck 9,Michael Cornia 33, Dillon Wasser 3, Diego Jaques 10, Robert Watson 8, Jacob Coram 12, Daniel Nielson 3


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