Men: Second-half run lifts Bellevue over Highline for fifthNWAC Championship Updates
Toyota Center, Kennewick, Wash.
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5th Place Final
|Bellevue placed fifth at the NWAC championships.|
12 Noon Men -- Bellevue 80, Highline 64 [stats]
Bellevue went on a massive run to start the second half, leading by as many as 20 points in an 80-64 win over Highline to claim fifth place at the NWAC championships on March 10.
Highline scored the first five points of the game, but a three pointer from Dominique Jordan gave Bellevue a 6-5 lead with less than three minutes gone in the first half. Neither team could muster more than a four point lead the rest of the first half. A late score from Ben Tucakovic tied the game at 32 for Highline, and the teams went into the break locked in a draw.
Three minutes into the second half, things were still close. Five straight points from Doug McDaniel tied the game for Highline at 37, but that's where the Thunderbirds' offense stalled.
Bellevue outscored Highline 21-1 over the next four minutes, connecting on four consecutive field goals to lead 38-58 with 12:55 remaining in the game. Highline cut the lead to 13 points, but with 1:39 to play the Bellevue lead was once again at 20 points.
Bellevue was led by 16 points each from Jalen Ward and Dominic Smith, who connected on three of five three-point attempts. Cory Nevin was a perfect four-of-four from the field, including all three shots from beyond the arc.
McDaniel was the leader for Highline, finishing with a game-high 24 points on four-of-nine shooting from downtown.
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