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Championship Updates - Day 2

NWAC Championship Updates
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Sunday, March 8

Consolation
Donavin Wright, Brendan Jones

10 p.m. Men -- Everett 73, Big Bend 66 [stats]

Everett got a game-high 25 points from Dominique McClendon in a 73-66 defeat of Big Bend on Sunday evening in the late game, knocking the former Eastern Region champions from the NWAC tournament and staying alive in the consolation bracket.

The Trojans moved the ball well, getting 15 assists on 27 made baskets, but neither team could find an offensive rhythm. Everett won while shooting just 37.5% from the field to Big Bend's 29.3% as the teams combined for just 60 first-half points.

Everett led by as many as 15 points on two occasions in the second half, and held off a late rally from the Runnin' Viks to survive and win by seven.

Everett will play Treasure Valley in the consolation semifinals on Monday at noon.

10 p.m. Women -- Wenatchee Valley 79, Portland 69 [stats]
Mikayla Sites

Wenatchee Valley dominated the paint and out-rebounded Portland 59-38 to top the Panthers and stay alive in the consolation bracket on Sunday evening with a 79-69 defeat of Portland.

The Panthers, playing in the tournament for the first time in program history, never led in the game but tied twice early in the first half. Portland was led by 22 points from Shyanne Akles.

Wenatchee Valley had four players in double figures, led by 16 points each from Lauren Johnson and Drew Carlos.

After Portland tied the game at 17 with 9:28 to play in the first half, Wenatchee Valley went on a 9-0 run to take a 26-17 lead. The advantage reached 11 a few minutes later as Johnson connected from deep.

Wenatchee Valley led by as many as 18 points late in the second half before Portland rallied in the final few minutes to cut the lead to 10 at the finish.

Wenatchee Valley will play Columbia Basin on Monday at noon in the consolation semifinals.

Alika Alip
8 p.m. Men -- Treasure Valley 83, Umpqua 58 [stats]

Try as they might, Umpqua simply couldn't overcome their shooting woes, firing at just 26.4% and falling to Treasure Valley 83-58 and bowing out of the championship tournament.

Treasure Valley led 41-21 at halftime thanks to an 8-1 run to close the half.

Now here's the irony: Just one night earlier, Treasure Valley was on the wrong side of a record-setting performance for the largest margin of victory and the lowest losing score in tournament history.

The Chukars responded by blowing out Umpqua in dominant fashion, getting a game-high 24 points from Thadius Galvez in the win. Brendan Guzman added 19 points, six boards, three assists and three steals in an all-around solid performance.

Treasure Valley moves on in the race for seventh at the NWAC championships, and will play the winner of the Big Bend-Everett game on Monday at noon.

Jamika Parker
8 p.m. Women -- Centralia 57, Whatcom 51 [stats]

A 13-2 run midway through the first half broke a close game open and turned the tide in favor of the Trailblazers on Sunday evening, as Centralia was able to hold on to a lead for the final 29 minutes of the contest to defeat Whatcom 57-51.

The win came in spite of a huge night from Whatcom's Kortney Grattic, who led all scorers with 29 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds in the loss, which knocked the Orcas from the championship tournament.

Kyahri Adams led Centralia with 16 points, and was a major part of a dominant effort on the offensive glass down the stretch. Centralia held the ball for 54 consecutive seconds late in the second half, starting with a defensive rebound at the 2:54 mark of the second half. Jamika Parker was fouled and hit the first free throw, but missed the second and Centralia came up with the offensive rebound. Molly McIntyre capped off the stretch with a bucket to give Centralia a 57-48 lead at the two minute mark.

Centralia still has hardware to play for, as the Traiblazers remain in the running for seventh place. They'll take on the winner between Wenatchee and Portland in the consolation semifinals on Monday at noon.
Championship bracket
Benny Bridges
6 p.m. Men -- Green River 64, Lane 55 [stats]

The Cinderella story continued for Green River on Sunday evening, as the Gators beat Lane 64-55 to make the semifinal round of the NWAC championships with a chance to see just their third finals berth in program history.

The Gators weren't just the fourth seed from the Western Region, they first had to defeat Lower Columbia in a one-game playoff in order to win the fourth seed.

The contest was a nail biter for the first 25 minutes, but at the 13:05 mark of the second half, Glenn Brooks scored to give the Gators a 39-38 lead, an edge Green River refused to give up the rest of the way. A three pointer from Brooks a few minutes later gave Green River a nine-point lead, and the Gators went on to win 64-55.

Brooks led all scorers with 16 points and seven assists, while Damon Cikanek and Trevante Williams each added 14 points. Lane got three men in double figures, led by 11 points from Duce Namazi.

The Gators will play Clark in the semifinals on Monday evening at 8 p.m. in an all-Western Region affair. Green River and Clark split the season series, with Green River winning the latest match up 75-67 on Jan. 31.

Lane moves into the fifth-place bracket, and will play Bellevue on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Imani Smith
6 p.m. Women -- Peninsula 69, Highline 55 [stats]

The Pirates are currently making their seventh tournament in program history, and haven't ever managed to place -- until now. Peninsula topped Highline 69-55 in the quarterfinals on Sunday evening, advancing to the semifinals and assuring themselves of at least a fourth-place finish.

Imani Smith led the Pirates with 20 points. Peninsula scored the final four points of the first half to take a 32-28 lead into the locker rooms, and did just enough on offense to hold off the Thunderbirds, who had beaten Wenatchee Valley the previous night.

Peninsula remains one of two No. 1 seeds still alive in the women's tournament, and will face the other No. 1 seed, Umpqua, on Monday evening at 8 p.m. for a chance at the title game.

Highline will play Columbia Basin in the first round of the fifth-place bracket on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.


Evan Garrison
4 p.m. Men -- Clark 54, Bellevue 51 [stats]

When Paulo Giacomelli scored for Clark with just over three and a half minutes to play, it looked like the Penguins might hold on for a comfortable victory. Clark led 50-41 a day after setting a tournament record for largest margin of victory, and while nine points would be a squeaker in comparison, Bellevue had no intentions of letting the Penguins off the hook so easily.

It came down to the final 13 seconds, but the Penguins just managed to hold on for a 54-50 win, advancing to Monday evening's semifinal round. Remarkably, Clark won without getting a single player in double figures, though Darrius Mathis and Hayden Hall each had nine points.

Dom Holub led all scorers with 22 points, including nine from the charity stripe, in the loss for Bellevue.

Clark led by as many as 12 points after Orlando Vance scored in the opening seconds of the second half, but Bellevue quickly cut things to 35-31 on a three-point play from Holub. Clark pushed their lead back to nine points over the next three minutes.

With 2:41 remaining in the game, the Penguins went up by eight, only to see Bellevue score the next five points with a chance for Brian Zehr to get the 'Dogs within a point with a pair at the line. Zehr hit one of two, and Antony Dunn hit a pair on the other end of the floor with 11 seconds to go, effectively icing the game for the Penguins.

Clark will take on the winner between Lane and Green River on Monday evening at 8 p.m.

Bellevue moves to the fifth-place bracket, and will face the loser of the Lane-Green River game on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.


Romanalyn Inocencio
4 p.m. Women -- Umpqua 91, Columbia Basin 67 [stats]

There aren't many teams that can come back from a 15-0 deficit -- not even the mighty Columbia Basin Hawks. The Hawks have seen their fair share of blowouts at the NWAC tournament over the years, but this results belonged to Umpqua, who got off to a massive lead, withstood a CBC rally and won 91-67 on cruise control.

For the first several minutes, the spotlight shone brightly on freshman forward Anna Mumm, who scored eight of the Riverhawks' first 17 points. Mumm finished with a game-high 20 points and pulled down 11 rebounds.

As dominant as the Riverhawks were on the scoreboard, the rebounding numbers tell perhaps a more dominant story. Umpqua, behind a combined 36 boards from Mumm, Ashli Payne and Breannie Robinson, out-rebounded Columbia Basin 66-40,

Umpqua did almost all their damage from inside the arc, taking only 12 three-pointers and scoring at the rim in bunches.

But their flashy start aside, Umpqua would still have to hold off Columbia Basin, the defending NWAC champions, who were playing in front of a loud home-town audience. The Hawks cut the deficit down to six by halftime, and got a bucket just before the buzzer from Marissa Caballero to creep within 35-29.

Two minutes into the second half, though, Umpqua had doubled their lead to 12. A few minutes later, the Riverhawks jumped on top by 18 on a fast break bucket from Payne. Columbia Basin waived the white flag with just under two minutes to play, and Umpqua won going away.

Columbia Basin will play the loser of the Peninsula - Highline game on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. in the battle for fifth place.

Umpqua took another step toward their second consecutive finals berth, and will play the winner of the Peninsula-Highline game on Monday at 8 p.m. in the semifinals.


Ian Tevis celebrates his game-winning three pointer.

2 p.m. Men -- Edmonds 75, Pierce 72 [stats]

It took a little late-game magic and a buzzer-beating three pointer from Ian Tevis, but the Edmonds Tritons are headed to the semifinals for the second time in three years after beating Pierce 75-72 in the quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon.

Pierce, who lost in the finals last season, led 60-55 at the 7:49 mark of the second half, but the Tritons scored the next five points to tie the game at 60, again at 62 and finally at 65 as Blake Fernandez erased a Pierce three with a trey of his own.

Edmonds took a four-point lead with 1:35 remaining in the game, but had their lead evaporate in the final ten seconds. The Raiders missed two three-pointers on their last possession but picked up a pair of offensive rebounds and eventually found Keaton Corr, who swished a game-tying three from the top of the three point line to knot the game at 72.

The Tritons rushed the ball down the floor before dishing to Corr, who elevated and hit from just beyond the arc to put Edmonds through to the semifinals.

Tre Benton shouldered the offensive load for Pierce, leading all scorers with 26 points. The Raiders will tangle with Highline on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in the 5th place bracket.

Edmonds will face Peninsula in the semifinals at 6 p.m. on Monday evening.

Jacia Jointer
2 p.m. Women -- Lane 84, Blue Mountain 65 [stats]

Blue Mountain got another monster game from Mar'Shay Moore, but it wasn't enough to edge Lane, who powered past the Timberwolves for an 84-65 win to reach the semifinals for the third consecutive season.

Moore finished with 27 points, and is on pace to break the scoring record of 112 points set in 2014 by Clackamas guard Laci Effenberger. But for all of Moore's efforts, she wasn't enough to take on a much larger Lane rosters.

The Titans were led in scoring by Maddie Kiplinger, who hit 14 of her 16 free throw attempts and finished with 20 points in the win.

Lane led by 10 points midway through the first half on a three-pointer from Bre DuBois, and led by four at the halftime break. The Titans quickly extended their lead to 13 in the first few minutes of the second half, going on a 9-2 run to take a 44-31 lead.

Boulstered by 55.6% shooting in the second half, Lane led by as many as 19 points on several occasions down the stretch before closing out the game with a 19-point edge.

Blue Mountain moves to the fifth-place bracket and will play Clark on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Lane will play fellow Southern Region foe SW Oregon on Monday evening at 6 p.m. for a shot at the finals.


Deonte Dixon
12 noon Men -- Peninsula 83, Highline 81 [stats]

Peninsula guard Deonte Dixon had already been having a monster game coming into the final minute, but his last shot is what the Pirates will remember.

Dixon caught, shot and hit from just inside the three-point line with 12 seconds remaining, scoring the go-ahead bucket as the Pirates upset Highline 83-81 to make the championship semifinals.

Dixon finished with 35 points, doing most of his damage in the first half but saving his best for last.

Highline, who tied for the Western Region title with Clark, turned a one-point deficit into a 39-28 lead in the space of four minutes on a three pointer from Madison McCaffrey with seven minutes to go in the first half. The Thunderbirds led by as many as 13 points in the first half and held a nine-point advantage at the break.

Peninsula started the second half on fire, storming back to tie the game at 55 on a bucket from Ryley Callaghan after five minutes of second half play. Highline jumped back out to a six-point lead, but Callaghan hit a three pointer and drew a foul with under two minutes to go and hit the free throw to give the Pirates a 79-78 lead.

McCaffrey hit two free throws to tie the game for Highline after Peninsula had gone on top 81-79, handing the ball to Peninsula with 35 seconds to go. The Pirates zigzagged the ball up the floor before finding Dixon, who swished a mid-range jumper to win the game for Peninsula.

Highline drops to the running for fifth place, and will play the loser between Pierce and Edmonds on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Peninsula will play the winner between Pierce and Edmonds in the semifinals on Monday evening at 6 p.m.

Aminata Cole
12 Noon Women -- SW Oregon 73, Clark 70 [stats]

Seeing as both teams came in having upset their opponents in the first round, somebody's unlikely run had to end on Sunday afternoon. Clark controlled the first half, but SW Oregon came back in the second and held on to win 73-70 and advance to the semifinal round on Monday evening.

Clark definitely had a chance in the waning moments of the game. Aminata Cole, who led all scorers with 22 points, missed four consecutive free throws in the last 30 seconds -- following three consecutive misses from Shaunike Lee.

Clark didn't connect from the field for the final 5:08 of the game, hitting five of six free throws but missing their last three shots. Alexa Orcutt led the Penguins in scoring with 20 points. Caylee Newsom and Bryn Tennyson each had 17 points, and combined to go nine of 16 from three-point range.

Behind Cole's game-high total for SW Oregon were 14 points each from Lee and Yvonne Daniels. The Lakers will play on the semifinals on Monday at 6 p.m. against the winner of the Lane-Blue Mountain game.

Clark moves into the fifth-place bracket, and will face the loser of the Lane-Blue Mountain game on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m.


Consolation


Jamal Muhammad
10 a.m. Men -- Mt. Hood 95, Columbia Basin 81 [stats]

For the second game in a row, league scoring-leader James Lopez couldn't manage to find his shot. Lopez put up just 12 points -- 13 below his season average -- as the Columbia Basin Hawks were knocked from the championship tournament in a 95-81 loss to Mt. Hood.

The Saints were led by 28 points from Jamal Muhammad, who was ten of 14 from the floor and also contributed five assists to the victory.

At several points in the game, it looked like Mt. Hood was ready to run away and hide. Muhammad scored at the midway point of the first half to give the Saints a 25-12 lead.

Then the threes started to fall for Columbia Basin, who hit three in a row, one from Brandon Oswalt and two from Jordan King, to cut the lead to one. The Hawks took a one-point lead a few minutes later, but slid down by as many as eight points early in the second half and were forced to rally once again.

With 10:41 to play, the Hawks completed another rally as Lopez assisted Oswalt on back-to-back buckets to get Columbia Basin within 67-66. A bucket from Lopez had the Hawks within a point again a few minutes later, but the Saints started to make use of their trips to the foul line and pushed their lead back to 10 with three minutes to play and led by as many as 15 points before winning 95-81.

The Saints will play Southern Region league rival Clackamas on Monday morning at 10 a.m. in the consolation semifinals.

Kaylea Knox
10 a.m. Women -- Lower Columbia 83, Skagit Valley 66 [stats]

The Cardinals will probably be seeing Kaylea Knox in their bad dreams for the next few weeks. The sophomore guard hit five three pointers for Lower Columbia, going off for 35 points to lead the Red Devils in an 83-66 rout of Skagit Valley.

The win puts Lower Columbia, who came in as the No. 1 seed from the Western Region, in the consolation semifinals against Bellevue, knocked out Walla Walla earlier Sunday morning.

The first few minutes all belonged for Knox. She hit her first shot to give the Red Devils a 4-0 lead. She then stole the ball and scored on the fast break, picking up a three-point play in the process.

Lower Columbia led 8-0 after the first minute and 45 seconds. The Cardinals didn't catch Knox in scoring until the 12:53 mark of the first half, Knox made her next three shots, eventually pushing Lower Columbia's lead to 20-11.

At the 2:21 mark of the first half, the lead reached 38-18, breaking the 20-point barrier for the first time. The Red Devils led by as many as 22 points in the second half before cruising to an 83-66 victory.

Skagit Valley was led by 15 points from Jordyn Turner.

Lower Columbia will resume play on Monday morning at 10 a.m. against the Bellevue Bulldogs.

8 a.m. Men -- Clackamas 75, Wenatchee Valley 72 [stats]

Clackamas got a game-high 18 points from Vince Boumann and came from as many as 10 points down in the second half to beat Wenatchee Valley and advance in the consolation bracket on Sunday morning.

Wenatchee led 20-11 midway through the first half, but watched as Clackamas scored the next 10 points to take a 21-20 lead with 7:56 to play in the initial period. The Knights had a two-point edge at halftime, but a three pointer early in the second half from Aaron Ward restored an eight-point lead.

At the 14:16 mark of the second half, the Knights got a pair of free throws from Austin Chandler to extend their lead to 10 for the first time at 54-44. Wenatchee went on to miss their next ten shots, going more than six minutes between field goals and surrendering a three-point lead to Clackamas.

The Cougars led by as many as six points inside the final minute, and forced a miss from Brady Widner in the final seconds that would have tied the score and likely sent the game to overtime.

Widner and Ward combined for 32 points to lead the Knights in scoring.

Clackamas moves on in the consolation bracket, and will take on the winner of the Mt. Hood - Columbia Basin game on Monday morning at 10 a.m.

8 a.m. Women -- Bellevue 72, Walla Walla 62 [stats]

With two quick losses, the Walla Walla Warriors have gone from first to a worst-case scenario. The Warriors won the Eastern Region's No. 1 seed, but after being upset by Clark in the first round, the Warriors arrived early the next morning and shot just 34% from the field in a 72-62 loss to Bellevue.

The loss knocks Walla Walla from the tournament, while Bellevue will play in the consolation semifinal against the winner of the Skagit Valley - Lower Columbia game on Monday morning at 10 a.m.

But with seven minutes to go, it looked like the Warriors might might have turned the tide in their direction. Walla Walla had come from eight points down to tie the score, and quickly thereafter took a 55-54 lead on a three pointer from Karli McHome.

Bellevue, though, ran their lead back to eight points in a flash, and scored the last four points of the game in the final minute to win by 10. The Bulldogs were led by a game-high 22 points from Shelby Kassuba.

Bellevue will play Lower Columbia on Monday morning at 10 a.m. for a shot at the seventh-place game.
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