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2011 NWAACC Basketball Championships Game Summaries: Sunday

10pm Men: Linn-Benton 76 Walla Walla 69 Box

10pm Women: Bellevue 58 Tacoma 54
Bellevue survived the elimination game to remain alive for a chance at fifth place. The contest was tight for much of the first 29 minutes of the match then Bellevue expanded its lead to 7 points with under 10 minutes remaining and held on for the win.

Olivia Lewis (13), Kelsey Sparks (12) and Kelly Sutherland (10) combined for 35 points to lead Bellevue. Sutherland also led the Bulldogs with 12 boards. Emily Bando and Claire Swayze had big games for the Titans. Bando tallied 15 while Swayze hit for 14 points and ripped down 12 boards.

Bellevue will take on region rival Whatcom tomorrow at noon. The two squads split their regular season series. Tacoma ends its 2010-11 campaign with a 17-9 overall record.

8pm Men: Pierce 92 Bellevue 91 3OT Box
It was a shootout for the last 15 minutes as Pierce and Bellevue fought through three extra periods in an attempt to stay alive for the NWAACC title. The two squads battled back and forth in the first half, but Bellevue looked to be cruising to an easy win in the second period when it built a 13 point lead with 11 minutes remaining. Pierce then chipped away at the lead and Brandon Thomas scored the tying bucket with just 48 seconds to set up the over time battle. Alfred Davis scored the winning lay-up with 19 seconds on the clock. Bellevue's Cedric Clarington got good look at a final shot from near the top of the key, but couldn't pull it out for his Bulldog squad.

Davis led all scorers with 25 points and Brandon Thomas led the rebounders with 17 with Michael Stepovich adding another 12. Clarington was Bellevue's hot hand with 21 points while Daniel Simon pulled down 11 boards.

Pierce will take on Big Bend tomorrow at 6pm. The Vikings are now strangers to overtime games as they have had to win both their tournament games in extra time. Bellevue will drop down to the fourth place bracket to take on Highline at 4pm.


8pm Women: Yakima Valley 72 Clackamas 53 Box
Yakima Valley proved to be too much tonight as they stunned top-ranked Clackamas to make tomorrow's semifinals an all-East Region affair. The Yaks established a 10pts lead midway through the first half, but Clackamas came back to do a few lead changes until just before the break when YVCC took a six point lead, 35-29 into the dressing room. CCC hung close until the 13th minute of the second period when YVCC extended the lead and cruised the rest of the way. Second chance points were the achilles heal for Clackamas (20-6) as the Yaks controlled the boards, out-rebounding CCC 49-28.

Dequise Hammick paced the Yaks with 20 points while Aliyah Green had 15 more. Samantha Zapien lead all rebounders with 9 boards. Shayla Ball was the Cougars' workhorse with a game high 28 points with Sam McCloud adding 9 more.

Yakima Valley will take on Spokane in tomorrow's semifinal at 6pm. The two clubs split their regular season series. Clackamas will dip down to the fourth place bracket and take on Lower Columbia at 4pm Monday. The two squads previously met in December at the Treasure Valley Crossover with CCC taking a 80-61 decision.

6pm Men: Spokane 72 Clackamas 53 Box
Spokane cruised past Clackamas with ease to advance to a Monday semifinal match up with Peninsula. It was a somewhat close contest until Spokane came out firing on all cylinders in the second half while Clackamas sputtered on offense (36% FG & 8% 3-PT FG) got out rebounded 42-32.

Preston Wynne ripped the nets for 25pts while Danny Marshall and DeAngelo Jones had 12 each. Several Sasquatch turned in good rebounding numbers led by Marshall's 8. Marshall also had a game high 6 steals. Max Jacobsen paced the Cougars with 17pts while Derrick Hayes had a game high 10 rebounds.

Spokane will meet Peninsula in tomorrow's semifinal match at 8pm while Clackamas drops into the fourth place bracket and will face Tacoma at 2pm. Clackamas and Tacoma previously met on December 30th with CCC edging the Titans 79-76.

6pm Women: Walla Walla 55 Highline 53 Box
Highline jumped out early to establish a 10 point lead on the Warriors, but WWCC came back midway through the first period and made it a close game the rest of the way. HCC's Danielle Carlman hit a huge three with 36 second remaining to knot it at 52 all, but Leslie Stillar countered with a bomb of her own with five seconds to seal the win for defending champions Walla Walla.

Stillar led the Warriors with 16 points followed by Shiann Dreadfulwater who had 13. Carol Howard paced the Thunderbirds with 15 points while Heather Hitch pulled down 6 boards.

Walla Walla advances to play Columbia basin tomorrow at 8pm in the semifinal. The two clubs split their Eastern Region series this season. Highline will drop into the fourth place bracket and take on Lane tomorrow at 2pm. Lane took a 71-67 win in a previous meeting on December 30th.

4pm Men: Peninsula 63 Tacoma 54 Box
In perhaps the stunner of the tournament so far, Peninsula top-ranked Titans in a game that featured 13 lead changes and was uncertain until the final 13 second when Thad Vinson sank a three to give Pirates a four point lead and DeShaun Freeman followed shortly after with a pair of free throws to seal the win.

Mitrell Clark led the Pirates with 20 points while Freeman added 12 more to go with his game high 10 rebounds. Jordan Coby, Dominique Williams & Chris Holmes combined for 43 of the Titans 54 points.

Peninsula will head into the semifinals to take on Spokane tomorrow at 8pm while Tacoma will try to remain alive for a fourth place finish in a contest against Clackamas tomorrow at 2pm.

4pm Women: Columbia Basin 58 Lane 46 Box
Lane had the hometown Hawks on the ropes early on and went into the locker room with a 29-16 lead. The poor shooting (22% FG) that troubled CBC in the first half plagued Lane (24%) in the second as the Hawks whittled away the deficit and finally took the lead with less than four minutes remaining. the Hawks held the Titans to a single field goal in the final ten minutes and cruised to a 12 point victory.

Four Hawks enjoyed double-digit scoring led by Tiffany Idler's 15 while Trishi Williams (12), Andrea Bland (11) and Jorie Freeman (10) combined for another 33 points. Williams also pulled down a game high 15 rebounds and Idler had 5 steals. Ashley Smith paced the Titans with 18 points and nine rebounds while Reed Levings led Lane with 10 boards.

Second-ranked Columbia Basin advances to meet Walla Walla in the semifinal tomorrow at 8pm and Lane will try to remain alive for a fourth place finish in a contest with Highline tomorrow at 2pm.

2pm Men: Big Bend 84 Highline 81 OT Box
Big Bend led by as much as 13 points early in the game, but Highline fought back and made it a back and forth contest the rest of the way with eight lead changes leading up to OT. Following three more lead changes in OT, Hayes Garrity sealed the win as East Region Champion Big Bend heads on to the semifinals with the win.

Blake Skidmore led the Vikes with 27 points followed by Garrity with 22 and Ben Olayinka with 17. Olayinka and John Buhler combined for 16 boards while Skidmore and Garrity on 9 steals. PJ Bolte had a monster game for the Thunderbirds with 24 points, 17 boards and 3 blocks. Robert Christopher also turned in a strong game with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Big Bend heads to the semifinals to meet the winner of the Bellevue - Pierce contest at 6pm while Highline takes on the loser at 4pm to try to stay alive for a shot at fourth place.

2pm Women: Spokane 66 Lower Columbia 62 Box
Spokane jumped out to an early 11 point lead, but the Red Devils whittled away at the deficit to only trail by two at the half. The Sasquatch continued to lead until just under four minutes remaining when LCC tied it at 55. CCS then mounted another six point margin and held off to win 66-62.

Spokane had a trio of double digit scorer led by Amanda Buttery's 22. Korrie Bourn and Brooke Randall combined for 24 boards and 32 points. Lower Columbia's Mollee Schewegler had the hot hand for the Devils and led all scorers with 30.

Spokane advances to the semifinals to play the winner of Clackamas - Yakima Valley tomorrow at 6pmv while Lower Columbia will try to stay alive for a shot at fourth place against the loser of that game tomorrow at 4pm.

Noon Men: Clark Penguins 77, Skagit Valley Cardinals 65 box

  Clark's Lucas Swanson throws up a half court shot at the halftime buzzer.

The Clark Penguin men didn’t need a ferocious rally to capture their Sunday game, beating the Skagit Valley Cardinals 77-65.

Freshman Penguin Lucas Swanson scored nearly a third of Clark’s points with 25. The team’s top season performer, Austin Bragg, served up a double-double with 16 pts and 15 rebounds. Arman Kalan added 11 to the score.

Halfway through the game, Cardinal Justin King accounted for more than half of the Skagit Valley points. He finished with 25. Teammate Jeremy Juarez had 14.

The Penguins will plan again Monday at 10 a.m. against the Yakima Valley Yaks. The Skagit Valley Cardinals end their season with a 14-13 record.

Noon Women: Umpqua Riverhawks 80, Skagit Valley Cardinals 77 box

  Umpqua's Leona Steel battles through traffic for a shot during UCC's win over Skagit Valley

While the Cardinal men struggled to stay alive on the other court, the Skagit Valley women – the top ranked team from the North – found themselves embattled in a back-and-forth swing against the Umpqua Riverhawks. Both teams took plenty of shots from behind the three-point line, but despite Skagit Valley’s 50% accuracy, they wouldn’t get the one that counted from Bree Park as time expired, and the Cardinals fell 80-77.

The Riverhawks kept the win away from the Cardinals thanks to Chelsey Christensen’s double-double (17 pts., 11 rebounds) and scores of 15 points apiece from Pua Kailiawa, and Jameia McDuffie.

For the Cardinals, Bree Park took more shots behind arc than in front of it, ending with 20 pts. Brittany Ruscha (13 pts.), Brandi Benner (11 pts.), and Lindsey Newman (11 pts.) provided a strong supporting cast.

Returning to the court at 10 a.m. tomorrow, the Riverhawks will face the Clark Penguins. Skagit Valley wraps up the tournament and the season with a 22-6 record.

10 a.m. Men: Yakima Valley Yaks 84, Chemeketa Storm 78 box

  Willie Blodgett soars for two of his 26 points in Yakima Valley's win over Chemeketa.

In a physical, spirited game, the Yakima Valley Yaks and Chemeketa Storm gave fans some excitement. Halfway through the match up, it appeared the Yaks would have an easy victory, leading by 18. However, the Storm rushed back in the final five minutes with key baskets from Tyrone Phillips, bringing it within 4 with 90 seconds on the clock. However, the Storm couldn’t close the gap and the Yaks held on to the lead, emerged victorious, 84-78.

Terrell Evans and Willie Blodgett were key to the Yaks success, each scoring 26 points, with Evans accounting for 17 rebounds. Tomas Ogbaslassie made some big rebounds as well, going 9-9 with boards and points. Tyrone Phillips (28 pts.) and Anthony Freeman Jr. (14 pts., 12 rebounds) carried the weight of the Storm.

Yakima continues their consolation bracket run with a pairing against the noon victor of the Clark-Skagit Valley game. They’ll return to the court at 10 a.m. The Storm depart the tournament with a 14-14 season.

10 a.m. Women: Clark Penguins 62, Everett Trojans 60 box

  Carissa Russell goes up for two of her seven points in Clark's win over Everett.

The Trojans started the game against the Clark Penguins with a three-point basket 20 seconds into play. For the first half, it seemed that swinging start would set the tone for the game, with the Everett team pulling to a 20-point lead just after the half. Proving the old adage that it’s not over until it’s over, however, the Penguins refused to back down, and pulled back slowly in the second half with determined play and a united team.

With a little over a minute to play, Kass Cloyd took the lead for the Penguins for the first time since seven minutes into the game. Deborah Simmers free throw added another point and her steal denied the Trojans the chance for a game-tying shot. Penguins win, 62-60.

For the Penguins, there was no shortage of attempted shots. Macy Mukensnabl (7 pts.) was the only one able to get them to fall in the first half, while Lacey Kruse returned to form in the second half, with 12 points and 16 rebounds. Deborah Simmers was on fire with 20 points, including 4-for-5 from beyond the three-point line.

Trojan Anna Work gave her team 17 pts. while Tessla Rennie’s near double-triple added 15 pts., with an additional 11 rebounds and 9 steals.

Clark faces off Monday at 10 a.m. against the winner of today’s noon game between Skagit Valley Cardinals and Umpqua Riverhawks. Everett finishes their season 15-12.

8 a.m. Men: Whatcom Orcas 77, Mt. Hood Saints 60

The Saints struggled with back-to-back early morning games this tournament, unable to find their rhythm and eventually falling to the Whatcom Orcas, 77-60.

A blazing Cody Peters, who had 22 points, led the Orcas. Brandon Welch added 14 and Jordan Nicholes added 11. JB Pillard, the team’s leading scorer for the season, had 10.

The Mt. Hood Saints were felled by poor shooting, with the notable exceptions of Gerron Powell, who had 19, and Spencer Clayton, who returned to the floor with a protective mouthpiece after slicing his lip in yesterday’s match and added 16.

The Whatcom Orcas live to play another day and will return to the court tomorrow at noon to face to the winner of tonight's 10 p.m. late game between the Walla Walla Warriors and Linn-Benton Roadrunners. The Mt. Hood Saints exit the tournament with a 15-12 season.

8 a.m. Women: Whatcom Orcas 78, Southwestern Oregon Lakers 70 OT box

A 16-point lead almost wasn’t enough for the Whatcom Orcas, who saw the Southwestern Oregon Lakers go on a late game 23-7 run to tie the score at 62 with 31 seconds to play. The Orcas had two chances at the basket with 3 seconds to play, but they couldn’t get the ball to fall, and the game went into overtime. There, the Orcas regained their earlier momentum, winning 78-70 in OT.

Ashley Honeycutt had a huge game for the Orcas, pulling down 22 rebounds and putting up 22 points. Alicia Valentine added 19, including 10-for-10 from the free throw line, and Brittany Osborn had 16.

Kelly Millager (10 pts.), Nicole Brzeczek (17 pts.) and key baskets from Kelsey George (8 pts.) led the Lakers back from the brink to force the overtime.

The Whatcom Orcas will face the winner of this evening’s 10 p.m. match up between the Tacoma Titans and Bellevue Bulldogs at noon on Monday. The Southwestern Oregon Lakers head home with an 18-10 season.

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