NWAC Basketball Championship Tournament Summaries
Big Bend 99 Clark 86 stats
The East Region League Champions Big Bend Vikings (26-8) jumped right out of the gate and never looked back as they defeated the Clark College Penguins 99-86 claiming third place at the NWAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.
The Vikings took control early dominating from the inside and the outside shooting 58% from the field for the game. Big Bend was led by forward Mogga Lado who had 27 points and 7 rebounds. Also scoring in double figures for the Vikings were Ryker Pierce with 19 points, Jai Jai Ely 17 points, and AJ Miles and Connor Meyehoeffer each contributing 11 points.
Clark was led by Bryan Berg who scored 30 points and had 9 rebounds. Glenn Baral and Aubrey Stephens had 17 and 14 pointes respectively.
The third place finish was the second in Big Bend Men's Basketball program history while Clark (23-9) earned its fifth fitth place fininsh.
Wenatchee Valley 74 Lower Columbia 60 stats
The third place NWAC Women's Basketball Tournament game saw the East Region Champions Wenatchee Valley College Lady Knights battle the West Region Co-Champion, Lower Columbia Lady Red Devils with WVC winning 74-60.
The Lady Knights had a balance scoring attack with five players scoring at least 9 points. Shayla Johnson came off the bench for WVC with 19 points, followed by Drew Carlos with 16 points and 12 rebounds, Lauren Johnson had 13 points, Treasure Farmer had 12 points, and Rebecca Stevenson finished with 9 points and 9 rebounds.
LCC was led by sophomore Katie Hankins with 20 points and 6 boards. Samantha Boyce, Carissa Cannon and Faye Chartraw each chipped in 7 points.
The third pace trophy is Wenatchee Valley's eighth while Lower Columbia's claims its fourth 5th place finish. The Knights complete their season at 27-6 while LCC finishes at 23-11.
Columbia Basin 70 Highline 53 stats
In the battle between Columbia Basin Hawks and the Highline College Thunderbirds for fourth place at the NWAC Men's Basketball Championship Tournament, the Hawks defeated the Thunderbirds 70-54.
CBC's guards Aaric Wren and Andrew Reddout led the Hawks with 33 points, with Reddout scoring 18 and Wren 15. Reddout added 11 rebounds and 4 assists.
The Thunderbirds offensively were paced by Alec Meyerhoeffer with 13 points and Jamie Orme and Nick Edens scoring 10 points each.
Columbian Basin completes thier 2016 season at 16-15 while sixth place Highline finishes at 22-11.
Whatcom's Matthew Seymour lit up the scoreboard for 18 points as team mate Leif Anderson, who also had 18, looks on.
Whatcom 74 Clark 58 stats
In the second semi-final game of the NWAC Men's Basketball Championship, the defending champion Clark College Penguins fell to the number 3 seed in the North, Whatcom Orcas 74-58.
The Penguins went scoreless for the first 5:40 of the second half as the Orcas built a 23 point lead and dominating the second half. Whatcom's stifling defense held the Penguins to 29% shooting from the field.
Whatcom were led by the guard tandem of Leif Anderson and Matthew Seymour who scored 18 points a piece while shooting 12 of 23 from the three point line. Logan Schilder contributed a double-double with 10 points and 17 rebounds.
Clark College Penguins were led by Devon Hawkins who scored 24 points and 7 rebounds. Bryan Berg contributed 10 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Whatcom will play Community Colleges of Spokane in the championship game tomorrow night at 8pm. Clark will face Big Bend for the third place game at 3pm.
Spokane's Levi Taylor notched 31 points to help send Spokane to the title game.
Spokane 77 Big Bend 66 stats
In the semi-final men's basketball game at the NWAC 2016 Championships, co-east region champions Big Bend Vikings and the Sasquatch of the Community Colleges of Spokane played a hard fought physical battle with Spokane prevailing 77-66. This was the fourth game between the two teams this year.
The Sasquatch were led by Levi Taylor who tallied 31 points, handed out 3 assists and collected 6 rebounds. AJ Knudsen chipped in with 11 points. Spokane's defense forced the Vikings into 36% shooting for the game, while Spokane's reserves contributed 44 points off the bench.
The Vikings were led by forward Mogga Lado who scored 21 points and gathered 11 rebounds. Ryker Pierce also contributed a double-double scoring 20 and taking down 10 rebounds. Jai Jai Ely contributed 14 points.
Spokane moves into the championship game tomorrow night at 8pm versus the winner of the Whatcom-Clark game. Big Bend will play the loser of the Whatcom-Clark game for third place tomorrow at 3pm.
Lane sophomore Shelby Snook led all scorers with 26 points in leading Lane to a come-from behind victory.
Lane 77 Wentachee Valley 71 stats
In an exhilarating contest between the East and South Region Champions, Lane and Wenatchee Valley battled to a 14-14 tie at the end of the first period before the Knights went on a 22-10 run to take a 36-24 halftime lead.
The Titans looked flustered in the second period, but came out in the third period ready to run as they trimmed the lead to just five points on eight consecutive points by Shelby Snook just before the fourth period.
Lane finally tied the contest with 4:34 left in the game as the two squads battled back and fourth for the remainder of the period. With Lane up 63-61 with 0.4 seconds on the clock, Wenatchee's Rebecca Stevenson layed up a shot on an inbound pass from the baseline at the buzzer to send to game into overtime.
It was all Lane and Shelby Snook in OT as Snook scored eight of Lane's 14 points to secure the victory 77-71.
Snook led all scorers with 26 points and Jordan Kimbrough added 17 more along with 11 rebounds for Lane.
The Knights had four scorers in double figures led by Shayla Johnson with 20. Drew Carlos chipped in 13 to go with her 12 rebounds.
Lane will take on Peninsula in the title game on Sunday at 5:30pm while Wenatchee takes on Lower Columbia in the third place game at 1pm.
Peninsula sophomore guard Imani Smith torched the nets for 24 points.
Peninsula 66 Lower Columbia 44 stats
Using a scoring spurt to start the second half, the defending NWAC women's basketball champions Peninsula Pirates raced to a 64-44 victory over the Red Devils of Lower Columbia College.
The Pirates used a balance scoring attack led by Imani Smith with 18 points, Cierra Moss 13 points, Jenise McKnight 12 points, and Zhara Laster 10 points. Laster had 13 rebounds to lead the Pirates in outrebounding the Red Devils 51-39 while their defense forced the Red Devils into 21 turnovers and to 26% shooting.
The Red Devils were led by freshman Keahi-lele Roy with 10 points.
LCC will play the loser of the Wenatchee Valley - Lane Community College game tomorrow at 1pm. Peninsula awaits the winner of the WVC - Lane game in tomorrow's championship game at 5:30pm
CBC's Andrew Reddout goes to the bucket against YVCC's Marquice Clark in the Hawks' 86-81 win.
Columbia Basin 86 Yakima Valley 81 stats
Columbia Basin (15-15) ran out to a 22-3 lead early and took a 51-36 advantage into the locker room. The Yaks battled back, outscoring CBC 45-35 in the second period but fell short as time ran out.
The Hawks had five players in double digit scoring paced by Andrew Reddout who turned in a double-double with 18 points and 10 boards to go with 5 assists.
Yakima Valley's Demetrius Trammell was on fire scoring 33 points in the loss.
CBC will advance to play Highline for 4th place on Sunday at 11am. The loss ends the Yaks' season with a record of 16-15
Highline's Jaymie Orme skies past Chemeketa's Jalen Ballard for two of his team high 22 points.
Highline 75 Chemeketa 64 stats
Chemeketa out scored Highline 38-33 in the first half before the Thunderbirds top-ranked team defense kicked in to gear.
Highline held the Storm to just 26 second half points en route to a 75-64 victory that vaults the Thunderbirds into Sunday's fourth place game against the winner of CBC vs. YVCC.
Highline was led by freshman Jaymie Orme's 22 points and 7 boards. Coby Myles and Sundiata Edwards combined for another 24 points.
Chemeketa's Collin Hunn scored a game high 32 points in the loss. The Storm end the 2016 campaign with a 19-13 overall record.
Clark 65 Yakima Valley 57 stats
The nightcap proved to be quite the game between the defending champions Clark College Penguins and the Yakima Valley College Yaks. Clark's defense and the offensive performance by sophomore Bryan Berg, who led the Penguins to a hard fought 65-57 win over the Yaks.
Berg led the Penguins with 26 points shooting, getting to the line 14 times, and making 13. Sophomore Glen Baral provided more offensive support with fifteen points as well as 8 rebounds.
Clark forced Yakima Valley into 22 turnovers.
The Yaks were led by sophomore Demetrius Trammel with 20 points, followed by freshman Max Davis who tallied eleven points.
Clark moves on the semi-finals facing Whatcom tomorrow night at 8pm while Yakima moves to the consolation bracket and will play Columbia Basin tomorrow at noon.
CBC's Andrew Reddout looks to defend Whatcom's Leif Anderson
Whatcom 64 Columbia Basin 47 stats
After falling behind 10-1 to the Columbia Basin Hawks at the start of the game, the Orcas from Whatcom Community College went on to a solid victory winning 64-47. The Orcas held CBC to 24% shooting for the game including a 4/24 from the three point line.
Whatcom had four players score in double figures led by freshman Leif Anderson with 18 points while the post tandem of Logan Schilder and Issac Reimer combined for 28 points and 27 rebounds - each recording a double-double.
The Hawks were led by Brad Scott with 14 points and 7 rebounds while Andrew Reddout registered 11 points shooting 11 for 12 from the FT line.
CBC plays the loser of the Yakima Valley Yaks Clark College game tomorrow at noon. The Orcas will play winner tomorrow night at 8pm.
Ryker Pierce led the Vikings with 15 points
Big Bend 73 Highline 65 stats
In a game pitting the number one team defense (Highline Thunderbirds) and the number two scoring offense (Big Bend Vikings), it was the Vikings prevailing in physical and intense battle 73-65.
Big Bend was led in scoring by freshman Ryker Pierce with 15 points followed by sophomores Mogga Lado with 13 points and Wyatt Johnson with 12 points.
Freshman Coby Myles led the Highline Thunderbirds with 23 points followed by freshman Jamie Orne with 14 points and Sophomore Ty Peacock with 12 points. Orne also had 13 rebounds.
This game also saw sophomore twin brothers play against each other, Alec Meyerhoeffer for the Highline Thunderbirds and Connor Meyerhoeffer for the Big Bend Vikings.
The Big Bend Vikings will play Friday, March 12 at 6pm versus the Community Colleges of Spokane in the men's semifinal game. It will be the third time that the Eastern Region rivals meet this year. Highline plays the Chemeketa Storm tomorrow at 10am.
Spokane's Levi Taylor skies over the Chemeketa defense. Taylor notched 17 points.
Spokane 94 Chemeketa 74 stats
Right from the opening tip off, the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch set the tone with a blistering start in their defeat of the Chemeketa Community College Storm. CCS led the whole way until 9:57 of the second half when Chemeketa tied it. Spokane then turned up the offense and never looked back on their way to a 94-74 victory.
CCS was led by five players who scored in double figures, with Race Martin leading all scorers with 23 points, Levi Taylor 17 points, Jacob DeVries 14 points, Kage Sobotta 11 points, and Jake Love 10 points. Spokane also outrebounded Chemeketa 49-33.
The Storm was led by freshman Kirk Gunderson with 28 points and 9 rebounds.
CCS plays tomorrow at 6pm versus the winner of the Highline College Big Bend Community College game. Chemeketa will play the loser tomorrow morning at 10am.
Centralia's Susan Kenney is closely guarded by Bellevue's Mikayla Jones.
Centralia 55 Bellevue 46 stats
In a low scoring but closely contested NWAC women's basketball consolation round battle, the Centralia College Trailblazers defeated the Bellevue Bulldogs 55-46. Centralia took the lead in late through the third quarter and never relinquished it from there.
The Trailblazers were led to victory by freshman Monty Cooper with 19 points. Sophomore guard Susan Kenney chipped in 17 points and freshman guard Katie Whiten contributed 8 points. The Bulldogs were led by sophomore guard Mikayla Jones with 19 points and Shelby Kassuba who turned in 10 rebounds.
The Trailblazers play Community Colleges of Spokane on Friday at 9am. Bellevue completes its season with a 23-7 record.
Gese Gruber (44) is all smiles following Spokane's 66-59 win over Umpqua. Gruber tallied a team high 17pts and 7 boards.
Spokane 66 Umpqua 59 stats
Community Colleges of Spokane point guard Bri King had 5 crucial points in the last 1:30 of the game to lead the Sasquatch to a 66-59 victory over the Umpqua Riverhawks.
CCS was led by sophomore Gese Gruber with 17 points and 7 rebounds. King contributed 13 points and Jenessa Heine chipped in with 10 points.
The Riverhawks were led by sophomores Sawyer Kluge with 20 points and Anna Mumm with 17 points and 10 rebounds. UCC's Shaunta Jackson contributed 9 first half points along with 4 rebounds.
The closely contested game had 10 lead changes and 9 ties.
Umpqua ends its 2016 season with an overall record of 25-8. The Sasquatch (25-7) will play the winner of the Centralia vs. Bellevue game Saturday, March 12, at 9am.
Lane 80 Centralia 48 stats
#1 ranked Lane Community College Titans led almost from the outset in their defeat of Centralia College Trailblazers by a score of 80-48 shooting 50% from the field for the game.
The Titans were led by four players scoring in double figures, Jordan Kimbrough 18 pts., Mallory Shields 17 pt., Sara Kesling 16 pts., and Bre Du Bois with 10 pts. Kimbrough completed a double-double with 13 rebounds. Lane will play Friday, March 12 at 4pm vs. Wenatchee Valley College.
The Trailblazers from Centralia were led in scoring by Monty Cooper with 15 pts., and Alisha Sorenson with 14pts. Centralia plays tomorrow at 12 pm vs. Bellevue College.
Drew Carlos led the Knights with 16 points and 8 boards
2pm - Wenatchee Valley 71, Bellevue 43 stats
In game 3 of the NWAC Women's Basketball Tournament, Wenatchee Valley College Knights beat the Bellevue Bulldogs. The Knights with their relentless effort and energy pretty much suffocated the Bulldogs, holding the Bulldogs to 32 % shooting, while shooting 52% from the field.
Offensively the Knights had four players in double figures led by Drew Carlos with 16 points, Rebecca Stevenson and Talyssa Swan with 14 point a piece, and Shayla Johnson with 10. Stevenson also led the Knights with 9 rebounds as the Knights outrebounded the Bulldogs 40-22.
The Bulldogs were led by Shelby Kassuba with 14 points and Mikayla Jones with 11.
Bellevue will play tomorrow at noon. WVC will play March 12 4pm.
Katie Hankins led the Red Devils with 25 points
12pm - Lower Columbia 64, Spokane 61 stats
West Region Co Champions, Lower Columbia Red Devils were led on the inside by freshman forward Katie Hankins and on the outside by freshman Faye Chartraw, as the Red Devils defeated the Community Colleges of Spokane 64-61 in game number of the NWAC Women's Basketball Tournament. Spokane down by 15 points with about six minutes rallied with their full court pressure to cut the deficit one with 8.5 seconds to go.
Hankins led the Red Devils with 25 points and Chartraw hit three three point baskets in the second half to finish with 18 points. Katerina Brejechova of the Red Devils hit key free throws down the stretch to help secure the Lower Columbia Victory. The Community Colleges of Spokane were led by Brianna King with 21 points and 5 assists.
Red Devils play Friday 3/12 at 2pm versus Peninsula College and the Community Colleges of Spokane play tomorrow at 10am versus Umpqua Community College
10 am - Peninsula 70, Umpqua 67 stats
The North #1 seed Peninsula Pirates broke out to a 22-18 1st quarter lead over the Riverhawks. UCC kept it close in the second period with a few lead changes before Peninsula increased the margin to seven at the half 39-32. The Pirates built the largest lead in the game at 13pts in the third period. Umpqua battled back in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 66 apiece with 4:19 remaining but fell short as the Pirates advance with a 70-67 victory.
Peninsula was led by Imani Smith's 25 points followed by Zhara Laster with 15. Laster pounded the boards for 14 rebounds and dished 5 assists.
Umpqua was led by Anna Mumm's 26 points and 13 boards. Sawyer Kluge added 14 points, 13 boards and 7 assists.
Peninsula will go on to play the winner of Lower Columbia vs. Spokane while Umpqua will take on the loser.