2011 NWAACC Basketball Championships Game Summaries: Saturday
10 p.m. Men: Pierce Raiders 56, Linn-Benton Roadrunners 55 box
One of the day’s most hotly contested matches saw 17 lead changes and 10 ties. However, when the time ran out, the Pierce Raiders stood on top, defeating the Linn-Benton Roadrunners 56-55.
Two Pierce players accounted for half of the team’s points – Alfred Davis had 19 points and 8 rebounds, while Brandon Thomas added 11 points and 14 rebounds. The Roadrunners had nine players with points, but much-fouled Taylor Roos ended up the high scorer with 14. Josh Garlington added 8 boards and 8 points to the total.
Pierce faces off in an earlier time on Sunday in their bout against the Bellevue Bulldogs – 8 p.m. Linn-Benton will return to the 10 p.m spot tomorrow to try their luck in the consolation bracket against the Walla Walla Warriors.
10 p.m. Women: Yakima Valley Yaks 60, Bellevue Bulldogs 48 box
The Yakima Valley Yaks scored the first basket of the game in the team’s first competition since guard Hannah Cordova’s sudden death on Monday. However, the Bulldogs charged ahead in the first half, pulling to a 13-point lead. The Yaks refused to be rattled, however, and they climbed back for an near-even score at halftime, and a 12 point lead when it finished, 60-48.
The Lady Yaks spread around the points, with three players scoring 13 apiece - Brittney Newcomb, Aliyah Green and Samantha Zapien. Bulldog AC DenHartog was the only Bellevue player in the double digits with 17.
The Yaks will try to upset Clackamas tomorrow at 8 p.m. while the Bulldogs will see the Titans at the 10 p.m. slot on Sunday.
8 p.m. Men: Bellevue Bulldogs 70, Walla Walla Warriors 61 box
|Bellevue's Malcholm Love makes a move to get by Walla Walla's Jason Smith.|
The final top division seed to play, the Bellevue Bulldogs handled the Walla Walla Warriors comfortably, 70-61.
The Bellevue Bulldogs were led by Daniel Simon’s 20 points and Cedric Clarington’s 15 points. Despite 20 less shots on the basket as a team, the Warriors kept it within striking distance with the play of Jason Smith (16 pts.), Dustin Moore (14 pts.) and Ryan Schultz (12 pts.)
The Bulldogs hit the court at 8 p.m. tomorrow to try for a bite out of the winner of the 10 p.m. Pierce/Linn-Benton pairing. The loser of that test will see the Warriors at 10 p.m. on Sunday.
8 p.m. Clackamas Cougars 91, Tacoma Titans 31 box
|Clackamas' Melair Holterhoff drives past Tacoma's Claire Swayze.|
Number one seed in the South, the Clackamas Cougars were relentless against the Tacoma Titans, scoring the day’s high score in their 91-31 win.
The Cougar starters scored a majority of the team’s points, with Melair Holterhoff putting in 23, Sam McCloud adding 20 and Miranda Martine with 19. For the Titans, only Sarah Quantz was in the double digits with 14.
Both teams will have to wait to find out their opponent. Clackamas will see the winner of tonight’s 10 p.m. match up against Yakima Valley Yaks and Bellevue at 8 p.m. on Sunday. Tacoma takes on the loser of that match up at 10 p.m. tomorrow.
6 p.m. Men: Clackamas Cougars 56, Clark Penguins 53 box
|Clackamas' Kirbey Hawkins takes 3pt attempt over Clark's Stephon Hopkins.|
The top ranked team from the South, the Clackamas Cougars headed to the floor for the 6 p.m. game, defeating the scrappy Clark Penguins in a game that went down to a missed 3-pointer, 56-53.
Kirby Hawkins led the Cougars with 14 points. His teammate Paul Walter was the only other Cougar in the double digits with 11. For the Penguins, Austin Bragg was the high scorer with 15. Arman Kalan addeds 10. Nate Keilholtz also had double figures for the Cougars, with 10 points to go with 6 rebounds and 2 huge free throws with 17 seconds to play to put CCC up by 3.
The Cougars try to sink their claws into the Spokane Sasquatch at 6 p.m. on Sunday. The Penguins will seek to extend their season by taking on the Skagit Valley Cardinals at noon.
6 p.m. Women: Walla Walla Warriors 60, Skagit Valley Cardinals 42 box
|Walla Walla's Alex Pfefferle scored 20 points to lead the Warriors.|
The Lady Warriors were never in trouble in their match against the Skagit Valley Cardinals, scoring 38 points off the bench in their 60-42 win.
The Warriors were led to victory by the on-fire Alex Pfefferle, who rang up 20 points, shooting 7-for-9 from field goal range. While the Cardinals certainly didn’t hesitate to take shots, their 26% accuracy resulted in a team-high scorer with 6 points, Brittany Gray.
The Warriors continue their march toward the championship with a match against Highline tomorrow at 6 p.m. The Cardinals will face the Umpqua Riverhawks at 12 p.m. in the consolation bracket.
4 p.m. Men: Tacoma Titans 84, Chemeketa Storm 78 box
|JeRae Johnson dribbles past the Chemeketa defender as TCC head coach Carl Howell looks on.|
Among plenty of verbal sparring and a few elbows exchanged between teams, the top ranked Western team, Tacoma Titans, eked out a win against the rallying Chemeketa Storm from the South, 84-78.
Tacoma reveled a well-balanced and developed team, with five players in the double digits including Dominique Williams and Jordan Coby with 17 each, and Chris Holmes with 16. For the Storm, Trent Roos and Tyrone Phillips kept the score close, clawing for the points at 25 and 23 each, bringing it with 3 with a minute to play.
Tacoma returns to the floor tomorrow at 4 p.m. to take on the Peninsula Pirates. Chemeketa will be seen at 10 a.m. against the Yaks in the consolation bracket.
4 p.m. Women: Columbia Basin Hawks 76, Everett Trojans 68 box
|CBC's Sharasysa Stewart fights for a bucket against Everett's Anna Work.|
In front of a hometown crowd, the Eastern division champs Columbia Basin Hawks appeared to be soaring to an easy victory over the Everett Trojans in the first half. However, the Trojans regrouped and took every shot they could in the second half, recovering from a 12 point deficit to tie the game with under 10 minutes remaining. However, the Hawks kept their cool and took the more patient shots, eventually triumphing 76-68.
Trishi Williams and Jorie Freeman had their prey in sight for the Hawks with 17 points apiece. Anna Work had more than half of the Trojan points at halftime, and continued a determined run, bringing 31 points through the net.
The Hawks will return to the court tomorrow at 4 p.m. to face the Lane Titans. The Trojans will try their luck in the consolation bracket, facing off against Clark at 10 a.m.
2 p.m. Men: Big Bend Runnin Vikes 70, Whatcom Orcas 65 OT box
|Blake Skidmore dribbles past Whatcom's Jordan Nicholes.|
The Big Bend Runnin' Vikes and the Whatcom Orcas couldn’t settle the score in regulation, forcing the first overtime of the tournament. The Runnin Vikes regained their first half composure, however, and outscored the Orcas 2-to-1, prevailing 70-65.
Blake Skidmore played the entire 45 minutes, and was the Vikes top scorer with 20 points. Hayes Garrity added 16. For the losing Orcas, JB Pillard led the charge with 21 points, including 10-for-14 from field goal range and 14 rebounds.
Big Bend continues their quest for a championship with a game tomorrow at 2 p.m. against the Highline Thunderbirds. The Orcas will return to the court at 8 a.m. to see the Mt. Hood Saints in the consolation bracket.
2 p.m. Women: Lower Columbia Red Devils 69, Southwestern Oregon 56 Box
|Lacy Seidl drives for two against SW Oregon.|
The Lakers hung with the Red Devils for the opening half, however, Lower Columbia pulled away in the second part of the game, eventually triumphing in a 69-56 score.
Leading the Lady Devils in scoring were Mollee Schwegler with 19 points, and Brooklyn Campbell with 12. Eva Everett had a near double-double with 11 points and 9 rebounds. For Southwestern Oregon, Nicole Brzeczek carried with Lakers with 22 points.
Lower Columbia advances and will see the Spokane Sasquash at 2 p.m. on Sunday. Southwestern Oregon will return to the court at 8 a.m. against the Whatcom Orcas.
Noon Men: Spokane Sasquatch 78, Skagit Valley Cardinals 64 box
|Spokane's Danny Marshall goes up for two of his nine pts against Skagit Valley.|
The Sasquatch from Spokane pulled away from Skagit Valley Cardinals slowly but surely throughout the game, finishing on top 78-64.
The performance of Spokane’s top scorers matched their season, with 18 points from Preston Wynne and 11 from Chaz Johnson. Matt Barnes had 12. For the Cardinals, their top scorers also tried valiantly with Justin King dropping in 17 and Jeremy Juarez contributing 15.
The Sasquatch will play again at 6 p.m. tomorrow against the victor of this evening’s 6 p.m. pairing between Clackamas and Clark. The Cardinals will see the loser in that match up at noon on Sunday.
Noon Women: Highline Thunderbirds 68, Umpqua Riverhawks 60 box
|Highline's Jocelyn Jones dribbles past Umpqua's Kristin Swim.|
Despite trailing the Highline Thunderbirds by 25 points, the Umpqua Riverhawks refused to give up, methodically clawing their way back to get within 3 with under a minute to play. However, it wasn’t quite enough, and the Thunderbirds emerged with the win, 68-60.
Jocelyn Jones and Heather Hitch led the charge for the Thunderbirds, putting 19 and 13 points on the board, respectively. Kiemba Pearson pulled down 10 boards. For the Riverhawks, Chelsey Christensen, Priscilla Walker and Jameia McDuffie kept the Riverhawks in the game with 18, 16 and 12.
Highline continues their push for a championship on Sunday at 6 p.m. against the victor of today’s 6 p.m. bout between Skagit Valley and Walla Walla. The Riverhawks will return to the court against the loser of that game at noon tomorrow.
10 a.m. Men: Peninsula Pirates 58, Yakima Valley Yaks 54 box
|Peninsula's Sammeon Waller had 16 points to spark the Pirates.|
The Peninsula Pirates pulled away from the Yakima Valley Yaks in the final seconds of an emotional game, winning 58-54.
Before the game, a moment of silence was observed for the memory of Yakima Valley Lady Yak Hannah Cordova, who was killed in a car accident on Monday. During their introduction, the Yak players greeted members of her family who were in attendance.
What followed was a back-and-forth game with 15 lead changes and a lead that never extended beyond 5 points during play. A series of fouls and free throws cemented the Pirate win in the end.
DeShaun Freeman put up 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Pirates. Sammeon Waller added another 16. For the Yaks, Terell Evans and Ryan Dornik scored 11, followed closely behind by Jordan Hill and Tomas Ogbaslassie with10 and 9, respectively.
The Pirates face off against the winner of today’s 4 p.m. match up between Tacoma and Chemeketa, hitting the court at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Yaks will see the lower of that game at 10 a.m. tomorrow.
10 a.m. Women: Lane Titans 80, Clark Penguins 49 box
|Lane's Reed Levings dribbles past Clark's Kristen Munson.|
The Lane Titans stormed to victory over the Clark Penguins in their first game of the tournament, winning 80-49.
The Lady Titans were led by Ashley Smith and Brittany May, each with 26 points. Smith also contributed 14 rebounds. For the Penguins, Lacy Kruse put up 16 points.
The Lane Titans will see the winner of today’s 4 p.m. match up between Columbia Basin and Everett, tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Penguins will play again at 10 a.m. against the loser of that matchup.
8 a.m. Men: Highline Thunderbirds 72, Mt. Hood Saints 62
|Robert Christopher drives to the bucket for the Thunderbirds.|
Under a barrage of threes, the Mt. Hood Saints struggled to find their rhythm and fell to the Highline Thunderbirds 72-62.
Ensuring the Thunderbirds took flight, PJ Bolte scored 20 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Travis Miller added 14, with 11 boards, and Robert Christopher and Ira Haywood contributed 13 and 12, respectively.
One of the leading scorers for the Saints, Spencer Clayton, left the game early on with a cut lip that required stitches. Otho Lesure and Coletun Tarr tried to fill the gap, with 14 and 13 points. Top season performer Marcus Moore struggled with his 3-pointers and contributed 10 to the bottom line.
Mt. Hood moves into the consolation bracket and will face the loser of today’s 2 p.m. match up between Big Ben and Whatcom at 8 a.m. on Sunday. Highline continues on their quest for a championship against the victor of that same pairing at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
8 a.m. Women: Spokane Sasquatch 71, Whatcom Orcas 59
|Korrie Bourn puts up two of her 18 points in the win over Whatcom.|
Despite some early back-and-forth, the Spokane Sasquatch pulled away from the Orcas, finishing 71-59.
Leading the Sasquatch to victory were Brooke Randall, who dominated with 31 points, including four 3-pointers. Korrie Bourn, who played nearly the entire game, put up 18 points.
Top performers for the Orcas were Ashley Honeycutt with 16 points and Alicia Valentine with 15.
Spokane advances to play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against the winner of today’s 2 p.m. game between Lower Columbia and Southwest Oregon. Whatcom will continue on at 8 a.m. tomorrow against the loser of that match up.