2010 NWAACC Basketball Championships Game Summaries: Sunday
10 p.m. Men: Chemeketa 82, Pierce 72 box
While the teams traded baskets and headed into halftime a mere point apart, the Chemeketa Storm took control in the last ten minutes of the game, defeating the Pierce Raiders 82-72.
Southern Region All-Star Tyrone Philips was the game’s high scorer with 23 points. His Storm teammate Trent Roos had 20.
Pierce had four players in the double digits. Alix Hernandez posted 13, Brandon Thomas had 12 – plus 14 rebounds – Marquis Matthews included 12 and Western Region All-Star Alfred Davis Raider added 11.
Chemeketa will be back on the court in about 12 hours to face Bellevue and fight to remain in the tournament. Pierce leaves the championship tournament with a 17-11 record on the season.
10 p.m. Women: Spokane 69, Highline 55 box
Last night’s double overtime loss taxed the Highline Thunderbird squad, who never looked like they were fully rested in their loss to the Spokane Sasquatch, 69-55.
Eastern Region All-Star Meghan Eisenmann and teammate Brook Randall accounted for more than half of the Sasquatch points combined, with 22 and 19 each.
Heather Hitch was the only Thunderbird in double digits with 13 points.
Spokane will rest up tonight for tomorrow’s battle against Umpqua at 12 p.m. Highline finishes their season with a 13-14 record.
8 p.m. Men: Yakima Valley 60, Whatcom 56 box
|Yakima's Willie Blodgett launches a three that puts the Yaks into the lead in the closing minutes.|
In the final men’s winner’s bracket game of the day, fans were treated to a great battle between the fourth seed in the East, Yakima Valley, and the second seed in the North, Whatcom. After getting off a slow start, the Yakima Valley Yaks clawed their way back from a 12 point deficit early in the game. While they didn’t spend much time ahead of the Orcas, the Yaks surged when it counted, with Willie Blodgett knocking down a three with under a minute to play to take the lead, 57-56. When the dust settled, the Yaks remained on top, winning 60-56 over the Orcas.
Eastern Region All-Star Jordan Kidd was the game’s high scorer, leading the Yaks with 17 points. Damar Wilson and Willie Blodgett each had 10.
For Whatcom, Connor Oldham lead the pack with 10, while three teammates each had 9.
The victorious Yaks will play in tomorrow’s 6 p.m. semifinal against Lower Columbia, while Whatcom will have a showdown against Walla Walla in the consolation bracket at 4 p.m.
8 p.m. Women: Lane 84, Skagit Valley 67 box
|Lanes's Brittnay May sinks a free throw late in the game as the Titans knock the Cardinals out of the championship hunt.|
While the fourth-ranked Western team – Highline – couldn’t finish off the upset against Skagit Valley last night, the second-ranked Southern team – Lane – did, beating the Cardinals 84-67.
MaKenzie Ficek led the Titans in scoring with 18 points. Southern Region All-Stars Tiffany Rich and Theresa Brown had 17 and 12, respectively.
Northern Region All-Stars Keri Arendse and Brandi Benner, plus teammate Jessica Edge, each put up an unlucky number 13 points for Skagit Valley in the loss.
As the winners, Lane will play in tomorrow’s 6 p.m. semifinal matchup versus Walla Walla. Skagit Valley will continue on in the consolation bracket and will hit the floor at 2 p.m. to take on Everett.
6 p.m. Men: Clackamas 87, Green River 77 box
|Clackamas' Andrew Lee works the ball past the Green River defender during the Cougar's 87-77 win.|
Clackamas Cougar Chehales Tapscott demonstrated why he’s the Southern Region MVP in a strong display of 23 points and 6 rebounds in the Cougar win over the Green River Gators, 87-77.
EJ Manley (19 points, 5 rebounds), Justin Steinke (15 points) and All-Star Jeff Dorman (14 points) rounded out the top scorers for the Cougars.
Western Region All Star Jake Wilcox had a team leading 14 points. Chris Plooy and Gralin Paul had 13 each, with Paul adding 10 boards.
The battle for the championship continues for Clackamas tomorrow at 6 p.m. as they face Tacoma. Green River will play at 2 p.m. Monday, against Mt. Hood, ultimately aiming for a fourth place finish in the consolation bracket.
6 p.m. Women: Clackamas 77, Clark 70 box
|Clackamas' Melair Holterhoff drives for two in the Cougars' 77-70 win over Clark.|
While the men won easily next door, the Clackamas Cougars found themselves in a last minute battle against a determined Clark Penguins team that refused to give up, bringing it within four with under 30 seconds to play. Ultimately, the Cougars prevailed with a win and a score of 77-70.
Southern Region MVP Rylee Peterson demonstrated her strength with a team-leading 21 points and 10 rebounds in the double-double. All-Star teammates Shayla Ball (18 points) and Dayle Powell (10) rounded out the Cougars in the double digits.
Western Region All-Stars Chawncy McClenan and Renee Tzeo pushed the score for the Penguins with 19 points and 14 points, respectively.
Continuing their quest for an NWAACC championship, Clackamas hits the floor on Monday at 6 p.m. against Yakima. Everett will continue on, aiming for fourth place, with a matchup against Everett at 2 p.m.
4 p.m. Men: Tacoma 64, Mt. Hood 44 box
|Domonique Wilson drives to the basket in Tacoma's 64-44 win over Mt Hood.|
In a physical contest, the Tacoma Titans outshot, outran and outplayed the Mt. Hood Saints, winning easily 64-44.
For the Titans, Jordan Coby put up 14 points, while Western Region All-Star Chris Holmes had 14. Anthony Enriquez added 11.
Mt. Hood Southern Region All-Star Jamar Johnson struggled from the field, going 0-for-8. He finished with six points off free-throws. Fellow All-Star Earl Jones was the team high scorer, with nine points.
The quest for a championship continues for the Titans tomorrow at 8 p.m. against the winner of today’s 6 p.m. Green River/Clackamas matchup. Mt. Hood will take on the loser of that game at 2 p.m. Monday.
4 p.m. Women: Yakima 87, Everett 71 box
|Yakima Valley's Rosetta Adzasu hit a pair of late three-pointers to help put away the Trojans 87-71|
The outstanding play of Eastern Region All-Star Anna Marchbanks pushed the Yakima Valley Yaks to a decisive victory over the Everett Trojans in their 4 p.m. matchup.
Marchbanks put up 29 points, combing with her All-Star teammates Rosetta Adzasu’s 14 and Nicole DeRosier’s 12.
For the losing Trojans, Karissa Tri had a team high 18 points; Brittany Pierce added 17 and Northern Region All Star Anna Work contributed 15.
Yakima will hope to keep their championship hopes alive tomorrow as they battle the victor of this evening’s 6 p.m. competition between Clackamas and Clark. Everett will face the loser of that matchup on Monday at 2 p.m.
2 p.m. Men: Lower Columbia 73, Walla Walla 51 box
|Marcus Bell ripped the nets for six points on three consecutive breakaways late in the game.|
While the Lady Warriors battled to victory next door, the Walla Walla Warriors suffered in their own contest against the Lower Columbia Red Devils. Plagued by poor shooting, the Warriors lost to the Red Devils, 73-51.
Lower Columbia leaned on the Western Region All-Star power of Jeray Kay, who scored 25 points, 21 of which were in the first half. His notable shots included a three pointer as time expired in the first half, providing the Red Devils an 8 point lead over the Warriors as they headed into the locker room. Western Region MVP Marcus Bell ran into foul trouble and played only 20 minutes, scoring 12 points.
Eastern Region All-Star Emery Henning and his teammate Aaron Van de Graaf lead the Warriors with 15 points apiece in the loss.
Continuing their quest for the championship, Lower Columbia will advance to play the winner of tonight’s 8 p.m. matchup between Yakima Valley and Whatcom at 6 p.m. tomorrow. Walla Walla will continue to fight, now for fourth place, against the loser of that same matchup at 4 p.m. on Monday.
2 p.m. Women: Walla Walla 64, Centralia 55 box
|Nancy Johnson ripped the nets for 26 points and pulled down 20 rebounds in the Warriors win over Centralia.|
The Walla Walla Warriors held off a late surge from the Centralia Trailblazers in the first winner’s bracket game of the day, winning 64-55.
Pushing the Warriors to victory was Eastern Region All-Star Nancy Wilson, who scored more than a third of the points on the board – 26 - and brought down a massive 20 rebounds. For the Trailblazers, Western Region All-Star Courtney May added 17 to the score.
The matchup pitted Western Region MVP Lexi Belcher for the Trailblazers and Eastern Region MVP Kati Isham of the Warriors against each other in a low-scoring but fierce competition.
Next up for the Lady Warriors will be the champion of tonight’s 8 p.m. contest between Skagit Valley and Lane. They’ll take to the court at 6 p.m. tomorrow. The Trailblazers will face off against the loser of that game in the immediately preceding matchup at 4 p.m.
12 p.m. Men: Spokane 90, Shoreline 74 box
|Spokane's Chris Pynch tallied a triple-double in the Sasquatches' win over Shoreline.|
A combination of the everywhere-man play of Sasquatch Chris Pynch and a first half 57% field goal percentage for Spokane proved to be too much for the Shoreline Dolphins to overcome as they fell 90-74.
The Sasquatch had four players in the double digits, with Eastern Region All-Star Zach Humphrey putting up 25 points. Teammate Kevin Bond had 23. However, the real star of the game was Eastern Region All-Star Chris Pynch, with the tournament’s first triple double. He had 12 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.
Northern Region All-Star Jesse Vaughan was kept to 14 points in the loss. Fellow All-Star Sean Jones also had 14. Alfred Miller-Soukasen had team-leading 16.
Fans can see the Sasquatch back in action tomorrow at 10 a.m. versus the Big Bend Vikings. Ending their season 19-7, the Shoreline Dolphins finish the tournament.
12 p.m. Women: Columbia Basin 76, Bellevue 53 box
|Columbia Basin's Lauren Walker battles for two against a pair of Bellevue defenders.|
The Columbia Basin Hawks (17-10) flew away from the Bellevue Bulldogs in their 76-53 win, despite zero 3-pointers from CBC.
Eastern Region All-Star Jorie Freeman was the high scoring Hawk, putting in 9 of 11 field goals with a total of 21 points. Tina Miller had 10 as well.
For the Bulldgos, Northern Region MVP Alisha Love posted 17, while All-Star Tiffany Shen had 16.
The Columbia Basin Hawks continue play on Monday at 10 a.m. against the Mt. Hood Red Devils. Bellevue leaves the tournament with a 19-9 record.
10 a.m. Men: Big Bend 64, Peninsula 56 box
|Big Bend's Maurice Johns puts an end of game excalimation point on the 64-56 win by the Vikings.|
In a game that was closer than the score indicated, the Big Bend Vikings (17-7) defeated the Peninsula Pirates, 64-56.
The second half of the game, the Pirates were held to under 20 points with a 19% field goal percentage. Jeff Ranstrom and Michael Hattar had 15 points apiece for the Vikings while the Big Bend Eastern Region All-Star Dominick Brumfield had 14.
Northern Region All Stars Jason Gamblin and Ryan Rutherford carried the team the best they could with 22 and 13 points, respectively, including 14 rebounds for Gamblin.
The Vikings’ travels through the consolation bracket will continue tomorrow as they take on the winner of today’s noon matchup between Shoreline and Spokane tomorrow at 10 a.m. The Pirates wind down their season with a 13-14 record.
10 a.m. Women: Mt. Hood 68, Lower Columbia 65 box
|Laurne Codling goes up for two of her 17 points.|
In a showdown between the Mt Hood Saints (19-9) and the Lower Columbia Red Devils, the Saints came out on top, avoiding overtime as a timeout was called by the Red Devils coach seconds before a successful three-pointer. The subsequent three-pointer after play resumed was missed and the Saints hung on to win, 68-65.
Saints players Shawnelle Campbell and Laurne Codling came up with more than half of Mt. Hood’s points, scoring 18 and 17, respectively.
The Red Devils stormed through thanks to Sadie Salte’s 20 points, Western Region All-Star Mollee Schwegler’s 14 and Chardonnae Mortimer’s 11 rebounds.
The Saints return to the 10 a.m. time slot tomorrow to take on the victor of the noon matchup between Columbia Basin and Bellevue. The Red Devils finish their season with a 18-10 record.
8 a.m. Men: Bellevue 85, Linn-Benton 57 box
|Matt Lapasin drives for two of his game high 22 points.|
Linn-Benton (12-15) could only hold it close for three minutes before the Bellevue Bulldogs (19-8) pulled out to a 22 point lead and never looked back in a 85-57 win.
Bellevue's Matt Lapasin paced the Dogs with 22 points and six boards followed closely by Jordan Starr's 21 points and 5 rebounds.
Taylor Roos led the Roadrunners with 15 points while team mate Jordan Highland had 13. Andrew Carter was strong on the boards with 12 rebounds.
The Bulldogs will play another day, extending their run in the consolation bracket against tonight’s winner of the 10 p.m. match up between Chemeketa and Pierce. That game will be played at 12 p.m. tomorrow. Linn-Benton ends their season 12-15.
8 a.m. Women: Umpqua 85, Edmonds 73 box
|Nnamaka Anyanwu goes up for two of her 16 points.|
North fourth-seed Edmonds (11-15) played with heart, but they couldn't find the rhythm they had yesterday when they nearly upset fifth-ranked Centralia, losing 85-73 to the Umpqua Riverhawks (21-7).\
Nnamaka Anyanwu led the Riverhawks 16 points followed closely by Mykiea Russell's 15. Anyanwu was also huge on the boards with 15 rebounds.
Whitney Anderson led the Tritons with 20 points while Jenny Rudholm Pilwind collected 13 rebounds in the loss.
The Riverhawks return to the court tomorrow at 12 p.m., facing off against the victor of tonight’s 10 p.m. contest between Highline and Spokane. Edmonds exits the tournament with an 11-15 season record.