Wednesday Hoops Preview
By Jon Sims for the NWAC
Lower Columbia at South Puget Sound (8pm)
Tonight at 8pm The Lower Columbia Red Devils looks to end the South Puget Sound Clippers 18 game win streak. The Clippers are undefeated in Regional play (13-0) and haven't suffered a loss since December 10th when the Lane Titans beat them in a 113-109 shootout.
This is the second meeting between the two teams. Despite the Red Devil sophomore Markus Lord’s 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists, the Clippers squeaked by 75-74 to maintain their perfect record in the West Region.
This victory was largely due to the 20 second chance points along with the Red Devils giving up 17 points off turnovers. If Lower Columbia can protect the basketball and defend the glass then the Clippers perfect West Region record could be in jeopardy.
Other Game of Note:
Tonight at 7:30 Mt. Hood (7-7) hosts Portland (8-6). Portland is in a three way tie for second place in the region while Mt. Hood in in a three way tie of their own - on the outside looking in of the playoff picture. A win for either could mean the difference between a playoff berth and missing the trip to Everett altogether. Portland edged Mt. Hood 87-80 in their first meeting on January 25th.
Linn-Benton at Lane
Tonight at 5:30 The Lane Titans host the Linn-Benton Roadrunners. Lane is 12-2 in regional play and has already clinched a playoff berth while the Roadrunners are tied for third in the region with a record of 8-6, but could solidify their spot in the playoffs with the upset win.
In their first matchup, a 81-75 Titan win, Lane completely dominated the boards snagging a whopping 48 rebounds to Linn-Benton's 28. This manifested itself into zero second chance points to Lanes 8.
Along with rebounds, Lane also earned 24 points from the free throw line. However, despite these all of these defensive lapses, Lane escaped Albany with just a 6-point win. If Linn-Benton can stay out of foul trouble and shore up the boards then this matchup may see another victory for the visiting team.
Other Game of Note:
Centralia Trailblazers (11-2) visits Grays Harbor Chokers (7-6). While Centralia has already clinched a playoff berth, the Chokers are one game away from clinching their second straight post season berth. In their first matchup the Trailblazers handled the Chokers 91-55. Yet with their backs against the wall and the playoffs on the line, Grays Harbor may have a shot at pulling off the upset at home.