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Clackamas overcomes Bellevue for title

KENNEWICK, WASH- The Clackamas Cougars overcame a tough Bellevue Bulldog squad to win their third NWAACC Championship and first since 1994. In a 67-56 victory, the Cougars proved the pollsters who voted them first correct. Clackamas was put under pressure early when Bellevue started off 5-0. The Courgars responed to tie the game at 5-5 and Belleuve got up by four. unfortunately for BCC, that four point lead was the last time they would lead for the rest of the game. Clackamas was quick to respond and took the lead when David Cernin drained three pointer with 15:31 remaining in the first half. From that point on, the Cougars went on a 20-7 run, building a 13 point lead before finishing the half with a nine point advantage. The second half showed a disciplined Clackamas team withstand a Bellevue run that tied the game 50-50 with 7:58 remaining. That would prove to be Bellevue's last gasp. Clackamas again responded to the Bulldog pressure and ran off 10 straight points over a six minute span. The win gives the Cougar their third title in 14 tournament appearances. Bellevue finishes second. ALL-TOURNAMENT TEAM FIRST TEAM: Curtis Carlson, Walla Walla; David Cernin, Clackamas; David Grant, Bellevue; Luke Hammond, Bellevue; Michael Wright, Pierce. SECOND TEAM: Morris Anderson, Highline; Christian Hammond, Columbia Basin; Divaldo Mbunge, Peninsula; Noble d’Shelton, Pierce; Steven Vaughn, Clackamas. MOST VALUABLE: Brian Freeman, Clackamas. MOST INSPIRATIONAL: Marcus Fermon, Bellevue. Results from March 4th Columbia Basin 84 def Highline 72 Columbia Basin (9-5, 24-7) finishes fourth. Highline (21-9) finishes seventh. Peninsula 74 def Big Bend 71 Peninsula (10-6, 18-10) finishes fifth. Big Bend (9-5, 21-10) finishes eighth. Pierce 87 def Walla Walla 78 Pierce (12-4, 21-11) finishes third. Walla Walla (13-1, 25-6) finishes sixth. Clackamas 67 def Bellevue 56 Clackamas (14-0, 29-4) wins their third NWAACC Championship and first since 1994. Belleuvue (15-1, 28-4) finishes second.
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