March 2, 1996 in Sports

Demulling, Cheney Devour Riverside Inside

Mike Bond Correspondent
 

Frontier

In basketball, a player who can control the game inside will undoubtedly play a large role in the game’s outcome.

Case in point: Rick DeMulling.

The 6-foot-4 DeMulling scored 19 of the Cheney boys’ 31 second-half points as the Blackhawks came from behind to beat the Riverside Rams 51-40 and avoid elimination at the AA District 7 tournament at Eastern Washington University on Friday night.

In the girls game, the East Valley Knights also kept their hopes for state alive with a 53-41 victory over Cheney.

The same teams will meet tonight at Eastern in winner-to-state, loser-out affairs. The girls game begins at 7:30, the boys game at 9:15.

Boys

Cheney 51, Riverside 40

DeMulling was unstoppable inside, scoring 11 points in the third quarter and eight in the fourth. He finished with 27, going 7 of 8 from the free-throw line.

With the Blackhawks (13-11) down 33-19 and 6 minutes, 21 seconds left in the third period, DeMulling began his rampage by scoring nine straight points in the next 2:21 to close the gap to 33-28.

DeMulling began the fourth the way he ended the third, scoring the first seven points of the quarter. A pair of free throws by DeMulling gave the Blackhawks their first lead of the game, 37-36, with 5:30 left.

Cheney pushed the lead to 44-40 before Chad Randall sunk 4 of 5 free throws in the final 45 seconds to put the game out of reach.

“(DeMulling is) a big help inside,” Cheney post Mark Olson said. “Whenever we’re in trouble, we just feed it to him and he’ll put it in.”

The Blackhawks also turned up the defense in the second half. They held the Rams (16-7) to five points in the third quarter and four in the fourth. Riverside didn’t get a field goal in the fourth until Ryan Monroe hit a 3-pointer with 48 seconds left.

Riverside didn’t help its cause much, either. The Rams shot a dismal 4 of 15 from the free-throw line in the second half.

Riverside 18 13 5 4 - 40

Cheney 8 10 12 21 - 51

RIVERSIDE Otto 0 0-1 0, Hodgson 2 2-3 7, Koesel 1 0-1 2, Lundberg 0 4-8 4, Monroe 2 3-6 9, Johnson 1 1-2 3, Hansen 0 0-0 0, Ahrens 5 1-2 12, Finch 1 1-2 3. Totals 12 12-25 40.

CHENEY Randall 2 7-8 12, Battien 0 0-0 0, Urdahl 2 2-2 8, Parker 1 1-2 3, Malisani 0 0-0 0, Reiman 0 0-0 0, Olson 0 1-2 1, DeMulling 10 7-8 27. Totals 15 18-22 51.

3-point goals - Randall, Urdahl 2, Hodgson, Monroe 2, Ahrens. Total fouls - R 17, C 21. Fouled out - none. Technicals - none.

Girls

East Valley 53, Cheney 41

The Knights (14-10) built a 10-4 first-quarter lead and were not in danger of losing to the Blackhawks (19-4), who entered the game 3-0 against the Knights this season.

Angela Overdorff led the Knights with 15 points, 11 in the second half. Linsay Porter added 13 and Star Olson had 11.

After the 10-4 cushion, the closest the Blackhawks would get was 22-15, at halftime. From there, East Valley pushed the lead to 38-23 on a layup by Olson with :39 left in the third quarter.

Part of the Knights’ success can be attributed to the defense of Olson, who shut down Frontier League MVP Anna Getz. Getz finished with 12 points to lead Cheney, but 10 came after EV had secured the win.

Cheney was dreadful from the free-throw line, finishing 11 of 23.

East Valley 10 12 16 15 - 53

Cheney 4 11 11 15 - 41

EAST VALLEY Mackey 0 0-0 0, Cook 1 0-2 2, Porter 3 5-8 13, Jackowich 0 0-0 0, S.Olsen 5 0-0 11, Parsley 0 0-2 0, Overdorff 7 1-3 15, Cochran 1 0-0 2, Combs 5 0-0 10. Totals 22 6-15 53.

CHENEY Ewing 0 2-2 2, Bifano 2 0-0 5, Weitman 1 2-2 4, Getz 4 3-4 12, Anderson 4 1-2 9, Sooy 1 1-2 3, Van Matre 0 0-3 0, Krogh 2 2-8 6. Totals 14 11-23 41.

3-point goals - Porter 2, S.Olson, Bifano, Getz. Total fouls - EV 20, C 15. Fouled out - none. Technicals - none.

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