NWAACC Championships - Game Recaps Thursday, Feb 28
MEN Clackamas 93 South Puget Sound 71
It was a close game with several lead changes - nine to be precise, until there was 13 minutes left in the contest and the Clackamas Cougars (9-5, 18-12) got hot on the perimeter and Clippers (9-7, 14-14) couldn't keep pace.
South Puget Sound held a two point edge at 41-39 during the intermission, but Clackamas outscored the Clippers 54-30 en route to a 93-71 victory.
Clackamas' Austin Dunn and J. C. Cook combined on 51 points. Dunn was especially hot making 11 of 14 from the field and Cook picked up 8 points from the charity stripe. Jeff Sego also picked up double digits with 14 points and dished four assists. Adam Brickley and company controlled the paint as Brickley had 9 boards while three other Cougars finished with eight.
Four Clippers tallied double digit scoring led by Jonny Saryaz who had 15. Michael DeRosier had 14, Chris Scott 13, and Michael Brumsey 12. Brumsey and Nigel Moore combined on 17 boards while Scott dished a game high eight assists.
Clackamas advances to play top-ranked Spokane at 8pm on Friday while the Clippers will take on Everett at 10pm in a must win game for both squads.
WOMEN S. Puget Sound 63 Umpqua 77
South Puget Sound (13-3, 17-9) may not have the tallest team or the deepest bench, but they showed the South #2 seed Umpqua Riverhawks (11-3, 25-5) they came to win.
The Riverhawks took control midway through the first half and held 13 point half time lead 39-26. After the intermission the Riverhawks continued to lead until midway through the second when the Clippers turned on the heat to win the contest 77-63. The Clippers did so by outscoring the Riverhawks by 27 points in the half.
Whitney Titus was the Clippers' leading scorer with 23 and Dre Castaneda added another 21. Titus and Megan Sanders gathered 6 boards apiece while Kiara Honore tallied four assists. Castaneda played strong defense and picked the Riverhawks for four steals.
Cassie Scheffelmaier led the Riverhawks with 17 points and Kristi Fallin chipped in another 13 along with her game high 10 boards.
South Puget Sound will advance and take on Columbia Basin at 8pm Friday evening while Umpqua will play Skagit Valley in the consolation bracket at 10pm.
MEN Lower Columbia 74 Lane 61
West #1 seed Lower Columbia (14-2, 22-7) got a quick lead and steadily built on it over the course of the game. Lane (7-7, 16-14) kept the game close and only trailed the Red Devils by three at the half 31-28.
Lower Columbia turned up the gas in the second period and increased the margin to 16 at one point and sailed to a 74-61 win.
Marice Tolliver led the Red Devils in scoring with 18 and Alex king and Robert Edwards combined for 22 more. Tolliver also paced the team in rebounds with nine and blocks with three. Robert Edwards dished out four assists.
Dominique Watson was the game's high scorer with 19 and Brent Jones and Travon Mouton chipped in another 21 for the Titans. Watson also led in rebounds with nine and him and three steals.
The win sends Lower Columbia into tomorrow's 6pm game against Yakima Valley while Lane will attempt to stay alive against Whatcom in a must win game for both clubs at 12pm.
WOMEN Columbia Basin 85 Skagit Valley 63
Top-ranked Columbia Basin (14-0, 25-3) got off to a fast start and never trailed North #4 seed Skagit Valley (11-5, 19-9). The Hawks built a 17 point lead at the half and cruised the rest of the way in a 85-63 win..
Brittany Cherry had a dynamite game as she tallied 26 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals for the Hawks. Nikki Depeel and Monique Wickenhagen combined on 23 points and Depeel and Alexandria Allen had five assists apiece.
For the Cardinals, Caite Newman, Britni Chalbot and Corrina Sharick were all in double digit scoring. Sharick also totaled 11 boards and Alysssa Hendrickson had four assists.
The Hawks advance to play the winner of the Umpqua - S. Puget Sound match up at 8pm on Friday and Skagit Valley will be pitted against the loser of that game at 10pm Friday.
MEN Spokane 76 Everett 63
North #4 seed Everett (12-4, 20-9) hung close for a half then the top-ranked Spokane Sasquatch (14-0, 28-1) stole the show as they opened a serious lead in the second and maintained it for a 13 point victory.
Matt Dorr and Jordan Gregg ranked up 24 points apiece to lead the Sasquatch scoring. Gregg also had a big game in the paint as he finished with 19 boards along with Robert Lippman's 10. Dorr also collected five assists and four steals.
Jon Moe lead the Titans with 26 points and Stephen Waltman added 12 more along with his 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. Chris Gounds dished five assists and picked three steals.
Spokane advances to play the winner of the Clackamas - South Puget Sound game on 8pm on Friday while Everett will take on the loser of that game at 10pm Friday.
WOMEN Lower Columbia 81 Linn-Benton 59
The Lower Columbia Red Devils (14-2, 22-6) only trailed for a brief few moments in the opening minutes then proceeded to show why they were the West's top seed as they soundly defeated South #4 seed Linn-Benton (8-6, 16-13).
Five Red Devils scored in double figures led by Katie Garcin with 19. Nadra Evens had an incredible game scoring 12 points, 6 rebounds, 10 assists, and seven steals. Rene Evans led LCC rebounders with seven boards and guard Jesse Hanna collected five assists and six steals.
Jessica Vorpahl led the Roadrunner attack with 14 points, thirteen rebounds and three steals. Destiny Neunshcwander and Kati Quigley also chipped in 9 points apiece.
The win propels Lower Columbia against Spokane at 6pm Friday while Linn-Benton takes on Bellevue in the consolation bracket at 12pm on Friday.
MEN Umpqua 68 Grays Harbor 63
The West fourth seed Grays Harbor Chokers () had the South top seed Umpqua Riverhawks () on the ropes midway through the first period with a 10 point lead, but the Riverhawks stuck around to tie the contest at 37 going into the half.
Umpqua kept Grays Harbor at bay until late in the contest when the Chokers made a surge to take the lead by three with less than 4 minutes remaining. The Riverhawks then went on another scoring spree to take a five point win 68-63.
Kenan Dizdarevic, Tyler Barnes, Edwin Richardson and Jarrad Childs all finished with double figures for the Riverhawks; Dizdarevic lead the group with 21 points. Barnes and Richardson tag teamed the middle and collected a combined 26 rebounds. Jarred Childs robbed the Chokers for six steals.
Cameron Edison scored 20 on 62.5 percent shooting for the Chokers while Brad Hodge and Nick Schultens added 13 apiece. Edison pulled down 10 boards and Courtney Beach dished 6 assists.
Umpqua advances to take on Bellevue at 4pm on Friday while Grays Harbor will attempt to stay alive in the consolation bracket against Big Bend at 10am on Friday.
WOMEN Walla Walla 66 Everett 64
There was only one lead change in the game - and it occurred in the last 18 seconds of the game. In what was arguably the biggest upset of the tournament so far, Walla Walla trailed the entire game until Ali Tabor sank a three-pointer that tied the game and got the Warrior crowd in a frenzy. Brittanie Toone then followed up with another field goal seconds later to seal the upset victory for the Warriors. Allie Dreadfulwater assisted on both winning shots.
The Warriors were lead by Katie Strunk's 18 points, Tabor's 14 and Toone's 10. Strunk was huge on the boards with 17 rebounds and four steals while Dreadfulwater dished five assists.
Everett's Kristina Schumacher ripped the nets for 32 points and Oliana Seanoa grabbed 9 boards for the Trojans. Keena Hopkins distributed five assists and grabbed four steals.
The Warriors (8-6, 22-6) will advance to play Centralia at 2pm on Friday while Everett will take on Clackamas in a must- win situation in the consolation bracket at 8am Friday.
MEN Peninsula 88 Treasure Valley 70
The Peninsula Pirates (13-3, 23-7) came into the game a #1 seed and it looked for awhile that they were going to make an early exit to the consolation bracket. The Treasure Valley Chukars (6-8, 9-18), the East #4, seed was holding their own with the Pirates and were up by 13 at one point in the first half and were up 44-39 heading into the break.
The Pirates got things ironed out in the locker room and return to play with passion, outscoring the Chukars 49-26 to take a 88-70 win.
Dominick Lozano led the Pirates with 23 points while Jesse Bean and Clay Greenland added 18 and 17 points each. Christian Harris dominated the key with 12 boards and Greenland grabbed nine more. Harris and Greenland also snatched four steals apiece.
Treasure Valley's Shane Miller was the game's top scorer with 27 points on 10 of 17 shooting. Josh Smith and Kyle Hart combined to pull down 13 rebounds for the Chukars.
Peninsula advances to play Southwestern Oregon at 2pm on Friday while TreasureValley and Highline will meet in the consolation bracket for a chance to stay alive in the tournament at 8am on Friday.
WOMEN Lane 91 Grays Harbor 32
The two-time defending champion Lane Titans (14-0, 27-3) came out of the gates smoking and completely smothered the Grays Harbor Chokers (8-9, 9-18). The Titans possessed a 38 points half time advantage and increased that to 59 by the final buzzer.
Sheena Cole and Jennifer Kimbrow led the Titans scorers with 15 points each and Mercedes Alexander and Nicole Morgan combined for 23 more. Four Titans had six boards and eight had two or more steals in the contest.
Kellie Read led the Chokers with 13 points and Sarah Sides collected six boards and three assists. Lauren Harris picked the Titans for three steals.
Lane will advance to play Yakima Valley at 4pm Friday in a rematch of last year's championship game while Grays Harbor and Seattle will battle to stay alive in the Tournament at 10am on Friday.
MEN Yakima Valley 81 Whatcom 71
The Whatcom Orcas (12-4, 20-8) held a small lead over the Yakima Valley Yaks (9-5, 21-7) for most of the first period and took a 31-29 advantage into the locker room at the half.
The second half was a back and forth affair as the two clubs traded leads until the 7:43 mark when the Yaks began to pull ahead and eventually sealed the win 81-71.
Nico Sandovall and Anothony Johnson combined for 49 points as both shot 50% from the floor for the Yaks. Ben Wilson added 11 and LeMar Anglin 10. Jody Johnson had a monster game in the paint with 17 rebounds and three steals while Sandoval and Johnson collected six assists each and a combined seven steals.
Zach Henifin and Ryan Christensen tallied 39 points for the Orcas. Christensen and Zac Andus pulled down six boards apiece and Henifin dished out six assists and four blocked shots.
Yalima Valley will advance to meet the winner of the Lower Columbia - Lane game on Friday at 6pm. The Orcas will drop to the consolation bracket to play the loser of that contest at 12pm on Friday.
WOMEN Spokane 58 Bellevue 47
The Bellevue Bulldogs (12-4, 17-12) kept it a close game until midway through the first half when the Spokane Sasquatch (10-4, 20-7) began to increase the scoring margin between the two squads. Spokane took a comfortable first half lead of 34-23 on the hot hands of Ashlee Michelson who had 13 in the period.
The Bulldogs kept pace with the Sasquatch in the second but couldn't overcome the first half deficit in a 58-47 Spokane win.
Michelson and Kellee Neal combined on 25 points to lead Spokane. Michelson also led the rebounders with 10 while Eleaya Schuerch and Liz Beardslee had four assists apiece.
Marissa Bower led the Bulldogs with 14 on 6 of 9 shooting while Brianna Lewis and Ashanii Lewis combined for 23 more. Bower also led the team in rebounds with seven and Kaneshia Brooks tallied four assists. Lewis, Brooks and Alicia Tennyson combined on seven steals.
With the win, Spokane advances to play the winner of the Lower Columbia - Linn-Benton game at 6pm on Friday. Bellevue moves on to the consolation bracket to face the Lower Columbia - Linn-Benton loser on Friday at 12pm
WOMEN Yakima Valley 94 Seattle 69
The Yakima Valley Yaks (11-3, 24-5) jumped out quick, taking a 51-28 half time lead and were never threatened cruising to an easy 94-69 win over the Seattle Storm (12-4, 19-9).
The Yaks had four players in double digit scoring lead by Brittany Weaver's 21 points and Alex Moore-Porter's 16. Moore-Porter and Kylie Shaw tallied eight boards apiece while Chelsey Nill distributed six assists. Gena Woodke and Andrea Bladgett contributed on defense with four steals each.
The Storm's Kayla Bennett was the game's high scorer with 27 points. Chiaki Nakamura and Sherika Puckett combined on another 22 points while Bennett and Candace Grettenberger pulled down 24 rebounds for the Storm. Nakamura also dished out five assists and stole five Yak balls.
Yakima Valley will advance to meet the winner of the Lane- Grays Harbor game Friday at 4pm. Seattle moves to the consolation bracket and will meet the Lane - grays Harbor loser Friday at 10am.
Men Bellevue 86 Big Bend 84 OT
The Bellevue Bulldogs (12-4, 21-8) established an early lead and took a 45-34 half time lead over the Big Bend Vikings (10-4, 21-7).
The Vikings performed a 180 degree turn around in the second and tied the contest at 78 when the final buzzer sounded.
Michael Duty got the Bulldogs off to a great start with two buckets in the opening minutes of the five minute overtime and Bellevue held on to win 86-84.
Duty led the Bulldogs with 24 points on 9 of 12 shooting. Josh Monagle added 19 and Steve Winsley 11. Duty was all over the floor for Bellevue pulling down 10 boards along with his four assists and three steals.
Cameron Mero was top scorer for Big Bend with 26 on 7 of 13 shooting and three from beyond the arc. Daley Landon was also hot with 23 on 7 of 11 shooting and four 3 pointers. Kolby Secrist grabbed eight boards James York tallied five assists. Mero was also all over the Bulldog offense with five take-aways.
Bellevue will meet the winner of the Umpqua - Grays Harbor game on Friday at 4pm while Big Bend will meet the loser in the consolation bracket at 10am.
SW Oregon 72
The Southwestern Oregon Lakers (9-5, 21-9) and Highline Thunderbirds (12-4, 17-12) traded leads in the first half with Southwestern taking a four point lead into the locker room up 30-26.
The Lakers continued to hold the lead in the second, increasing the margin by 10 with 12 minutes remaining. Highline hung close and reduced the lead to two with four minutes left but couldn't contain the Lakers in a 72-64 decision.
Joseph Foster led the Lakers scorers with 19 and Emmanuel Olekaibe added 16. Olekaibe had seven rebounds and Matt Dance chipped in another six. Bobby Watkins led the attack with seven assists.
For Highline, Jesse Norris led the scorers with 13 while Cody Thueringer and Shedrick Nelson combined on 21. Stedman Richardson and Coby Gibler both had nine boards. Norris tagged two blocks in the contest.
SW Oregon advances to play the winner of Peninsula - Treasure Valley tomorrow at 2pm while Highline will move to the consolation bracket to play the of loser at 8am.
WOMEN Centralia 58 Clackamas 44
It was a close contest until the Centralia Trailblazers (14-2, 24-6) began to gradually pull away from the Clackamas Cougars (9-5, 19-10) with just less than 11 minutes remaining in the first half. The Trailblazers took a 25-19 half time lead sparked by Amanda Atcheson's eight first period points.
After holding a comfortable lead for much of the second period, the Cougars pulled back to within three, but that just re ignited Centralia as they ripped off another big lead to win 58-43.
Atcheson was the scoring leader for Centralia with 18 while Megan Peabody tallied 12 of her own. Deanna Riffe was huge on the boards, pulling down ten and Mandy McFadden grabbed seven more. Atcheson and Alysha Kofstad dished four assist each.
Rachel Copeland scored 18 for the Cougars and Monique Tribble chipped in 12. Jill Niebergall led the Clackamas rebounders with nine while Tribble and Ashley Cunningham combined on 13 more.
The Trailblazers advances to take on the winner of the Walla Walla - Everett game at 2pm tomorrow while Clackamas will move to the consolation bracket to play the loser at 8am tomorrow.