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MEN 8pm Tacoma 110 Chemeketa 98 - Championship [stats]

Dominque Williams was selected the 2012 Men's NWAACC Tournament MVP

Dominque Williams put up 36 points to help the Tacoma Titans defeat Chemeketa 110-98 to win the 2012 NWAACC championship, their first championship since 2002.

Tacoma never trailed, getting the first basket of the game on a dunk from Nate Walker. Williams added another three points the next time down the floor for the Titans, who hit five of their first six shots to lead 14-9 with a little more than 16 minutes left in the first half. A minute later, Walker scored to make Tacoma’s lead seven points at 18-11.

With seven minutes to play in the half, Chemeketa put together a run to get within one point at 22-21. Tacoma responded with back to back three pointers from Williams and a bucket from Mark McLaughin to go up by nine, and a few moments later, Tacoma was up by double digits at 34-24 with nine minutes on the clock in the first half. Tacoma went on to lead by as many as 19 points before the half was over, and they had a 16 point advantage a the break at 58-42.

The Titans pushed their lead to 20 points on a field goal from Mark McLaughin with 17 minutes left to play. Chemeketa cut it to 15 on a shot from Rodney Nelson at the halfway mark of the second period, but Tacoma responded by going on a 10-0 run capped by a three pointer from Williams to make it 84-59.

To many, all seemed lost for Chemeketa, but the Storm had already shown their ability to climb out of a hole. Just one night earlier, Chemeketa went on a 22-0 run to upset Peninsula in the NWAACC semi-finals for a trip to the championship game.

With less than five minutes left, Chemeketa still trailed by 22 points at 92-70. Then Gavin Kauffman hit from outside to cut it to 19. On Chemeketa’s next possession, Kauffman’s three point attempt was off, but Johnny Howard went high to get the offensive rebound and passed to Jason Martin for another trey from downtown. Another three from Martin just minutes later cut the deficit to 14 points with three and a half minutes left in the contest.

Tacoma pushed their lead back to 16 points on their way back down the floor, but Chemeketa answered with a three pointer from Jordan Batey. Instead of running back on defense, Batey pressured the ball, getting the steal and passing to Howard, who drilled another jumper from beyond the arc to bring Chemeketa to within 10 points at 99-89 with under three minutes to play.

Tacoma, however, would go on a 7-0 run to make it 106-89 with less than two minutes left. Chemeketa cut the deficit to 10 points again, but they missed their final five three point attempts. Walker hit a pair of free throws with 45 seconds left to make it accademic, icing the 110-98 victory for Tacoma.

Kauffman led Chemeketa with 32 points in the loss, which earned them the second place trophy. Martin was named Most Inspirational for the NWAACC tournament.

Williams’ 36 points led all scores in the game, and was named NWAACC tournament MVP. McLaughin added 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Walker had 23 points and 12 boards.

Congradulations to the 2012 NWAACC Champion Tacoma Titans!

All-Tournament Team
MVP
Dominique Williams, Tacoma

Most Inspirational
Jason Martin, Chemeketa

First Team
Blake Skidmore, Big Bend
Mark McLaughlin, Tacoma
Gavin Kauffman, Chemeketa
Spencer Clayton, Mt Hood
Jordan Batey, Chemeketa

Second Team
DeShaun Freeman, Peninsula
Nate Walker, Tacoma
Jonathan Humphrie, Bellevue
Amir Royal, Yakima Valley
Avery Scherer, Shoreline

WOMEN 5:30pm Columbia Basin 70 Yakima Valley 69 - Championship [stats]

Katherine Samuels was selected the 2012 Women's NWAACC Tournament MVP

The Columbia Basin Hawks led by double digits in the first and second half, and withstood a furious rally by Yakima Valley to hold on and win the NWAACC women’s title for the third time since 2005 by a score of 70-69.

The Hawks scored the first four points of the game and built their lead up to nine points on a field goal from Jennifer Noon with ten minutes left in the first half. Moments later, Ana Jimenez made the advantage double digits for the Hawks with a jumper to make it 26-16.

With just over five minutes left in the half, Tiffany Idler connected with a field goal to put Columbia Basin up by 15 points at 33-18, and Crysta Reynolds hit a shot with six seconds on the clock to give Columbia Basin a 42-27 edge at the break.

The second half belonged to Yakima Valley, as they cut the lead to ten on a field goal from Samantha Zapien, and minutes later came within two points when Brittany Newcomb was fouled while shooting from behind the arc. Newcomb hit all three free throws to make it 46-44 with 13:40 left in the game.

Columbia Basin quickly went back out by nine points, but Yakima Valley answered cutting it back to a three point game at 59-53 when Jamie Cox’s field goal attempt was good with 1:20 left on the clock. On the ensuing possession, Newcomb stole the ball from Columbia Basin’s Jennifer Noon and passed the ball to Kayla Gonzales, who’s game tying three point attempt was off.

Columbia Basin’s Ana Jimenez was fouled on the rebound attempt, and hit one of two from the line to put the Hawks up 60-56 with 39 seconds remaining. Yakima Valley collected the ball and ran down the floor. Newcomb’s three point attempt was off, but Jaimi Cox grabbed the rebound and passed to Simone Jordan, who’s three was right through to make it a one point game with 26 seconds on the clock.

Katherine Samuels was fouled by Newcomb on her way down the floor, and missed her free throw, but both Newcomb or Gonzales would miss their shots, and the buzzer sounded, signaling Columbia Basin’s victory.

Simone Jordan led Yakima Valley with 22 points and eight rebounds.

Idler led Columbia Basin with 18 points and nine boards, while Jimenez filled the stat sheet with 13 points, 5 rebounds, four assists and a steal for the Hawks.

Congradulations to the 2012 NWAACC champion Columbia Basin Hawks!

Game Photos will be available on www.fotozoneonline.com Thursday.

All-Tournament Team
Most Valuable Player
Katherine Samuels, Columbia Basin

First Team
Tiffany Idler, Columbia Basin
Simone Jordan, Yakima Valley
Sam McCloud, Clackamas
Brittney Newcomb, Yakima Valley
Jennifer Noon, Columbia Basin

Second Team
Brittany Barrington, Bellevue
Lauren Codling, Chemeketa
Jessica Denmon, Skagit Valley
Sienna Edmundson, Walla Walla
Jennifer Johnson, Clackamas

Most Inspirational
Hannah Lekson, Yakima Valley

MEN 2 pm Big Bend 84 Peninsula 73 [stats]

Blake Skidmore had another terrific game with 30 points and 10 boards to lead Big bend to a third place finish.

Blake Skidmore put up 30 points to lift Big Bend past Peninsula and into third place overall by a score of 84-73 in the final day at the NWAACC championship tournament.

Big Bend jumped on Peninsula early, hitting the first two baskets to go up 5-0. The Vikings pushed their lead to double digits on a bucket from Kyle Nield with five minutes gone in the first half. Nine minutes in, Big Bend went on a 10-0 run to gain a 31-18 edge.

Peninsula raced back to tie the game at 33 on a fast break bucket from Dudley Ewell, but Big Bend went on another run, this time to take a fourteen point lead at 47-33 with under two minutes remaining in the first period. Big Bend led 47-38 at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half, a three pointer from Peninsula's J.T. Terrell made it just a four point deficit for the Pirates. With 7:30 remaining in the game, Big Bend had rebuilt their lead to 13 points at 70-57 on a jumper from Skidmore. A little over a minute later, Skidmore hit again, this time pushing the lead to 14 points with under four minute left in the contest.

Peninsula cut the deficit to eight points on two occasions, but Daniel Green's three pointer with 14 seconds left made Big Bend's lead 13 points again, and the Vikings got the victory 84-73.

Terrell and Dudly Ewell each had 16 points for Peninsula.

Skidmore's 30 points and ten rebounds led Big Bend, while Josh Loera added 10 points.

WOMEN 2pm Walla Walla 71 Chemeketa 69 [stats]

Alex Pfefferle had a game high 27 points and tallied 8 rebounds to lead Walla Walla to a third place finish.

Sienna Edmondson hit a pair of free throws with 1.8 seconds left to break a tie and ice the victory in the third place match up for Walla Walla, beating Chemeketa 71-69.

Things were close throughout most of the first half, with the teams trading the lead back and fourth, neither team gaining an advantage bigger than four until a three pointer from Kim VanDyke gave Chemeketa a five point lead at 20-15 with 8:31 left in the first period.

Walla Walla put together a run and took the lead less than two minutes later, going up 22-20 on a field goal from Gaby Anderson. Those points were two of a 29-5 run to give Walla Walla a 21 point halftime lead at 44-23.

Chemeketa came out on fire in the second half, cutting away at the lead until they were within nine at 51-42 with 12 minutes left in the game. Walla Walla went back up by 13, but minutes later a three pointer from Chantell Stanton brought Chemeketa to within eight points at 55-47. The Storm were within five points when VanDyke netted another bucket, and they move to within a point on a pair of free throws from Janelle Weiss.

With eight seconds left in the game and Chemeketa trailing 69-66, Jordin Klebalm spotted up from the near side and drained a game tying three pointer. Walla Walla inbounded the ball to Edmondson and she ran down the floor towards the Walla Walla basket before being fouled with 1.8 seconds left. Edmondson swished both free throws, putting Walla Walla ahead 71-69 for the victory. Walla Walla collected the third place trophy, while Chemeketa finished fourth.

Lauren Codling led Chemeketa with 16 points and 15 rebounds in the loss.

Alex Pfefferle had 27 points and eight rebounds to pace Walla Walla.

MEN: Mt. Hood 73 Yakima Valley 60 [stats]
5th/6th Place

Spencer Clayton is all hugs following Mt. Hood's 5th place finish. Clayton turned in another double-double with 29 points and 12 rebounds.

Southern Region MVP Spencer Clayton led all scores with 29 in Mt. Hood’s 73-60 victory over Yakima Valley to take fifth place overall in the NWAACC tournament.

Things got off to a fast start for Mt. Hood, as they jumped out to a 10-2 on a three pointers by Robby Rivers. The Saints bumped their lead to nine on a three point play by Curtis Papenfuss. Yakima Valley came within three points, but Mt. hood went on a 10-0 run to lead 44-30 at halftime.

Halftime ended with Mt. Hood running their lead out to 19 points on a field goal by Clayton, a lead that Yakima Valley would finally cut to single digits on a free throw from Dabrail Henton with eight minutes left in the game. From there, Mt. Hood went on a 6-0 run to lead 65-50 with 4:37 remaining, and Yakima Valley would never recover.

Yakima Valley cut the lead to seven, but a field goal by Papenfuss put Mt. Hood back in front by 13 to finish the game with a victory at 73-60.

Henton led with 14 points, four rebounds and four assists for Yakima Valley.

Spencer’s 29 points and 12 rebounds were both game highs for Mt. Hood, which takes 5th place in the championship tournament with the win.

WOMEN 12 pm Clackamas 101 Skagit Valley 88 [stats]
5th/6th Place

MaKesha Bizon went 10-14 from beyond the arc for a game high 32 points to lead Clackamas to a fifth place finish.

MaKesha Bizon was perfect from three point range in the first half and ended shooting 10 of 14 from distance for 32 points to lead Clackamas to a fifth place finish over Skagit Valley 100-88.

Clackamas jumped out to a 10-5 lead when Bizon swished her first three pointer with 16:29 left in the first half. Four minutes later, Lindsay Kanalz hit a three to make the lead eight points for Clackamas. Skagit Valley pulled to within two points, but another pair of three pointers from Bizon and Jenny Johnson hit two more three pointers to put Clackamas out by six.

Skagit Valley tied the game at 29, but Johnson answered from distance with another three to put the Cougars back on top. Clackamas went on a huge run to finish the half, hitting three more treys and getting a three point play from Kanalz  to take a ten point lead. Clackamas led 55-47 at halftime, as Bizon was perfect from three point range with six made three point field goals in the half.

Clackamas started off the second period where they left off in the first, going up by 20 after five minutes of play at 76-56. Several minutes later, Skagit Valley made a run to cut the deficit to 13 points on a steal and fast break field goal from Jessica Denman. The Cardinals got within 10 points on a pair of occasions, but with Clackamas up 11 with less than a minute to go, it was too little too late. The Cougar emptied their bench and time ran out, giving Clackamas the 101-88 victory.

Denmon had 29 points for Skagit Valley, and Sophia Baetz added 27.

Clackamas got 32 points from Bizon and 29 from Johnson to take fifth place overall in the NWAACC tournament.

MEN 10 am Shoreline 92 Bellevue 88 [stats]
7th/8th Place

Gavin Kauffman led the Storm with 25 points to help lead Chemeketa to an NWAACC title game appearance.

Shoreline and Bellevue played close for most of the game before Shoreline ran out to a 13 point lead late in the second half. Shoreline withstood a furious run by Bellevue to get within one point, but held on to win 92-88 and take seventh place overall.

Bellevue started out well, going up 8-1 on a basket by Keaton Heyenga. The Bulldogs made their lead eight points several minutes later when Rex Neilson connected on a field goal with 13:54 left in the first half. Shoreline battled back to tie the game on a steal and fast break from Ryan Osborne-Campbell. Bellevue took a four point lead, but Shoreline came roaring back, using a 10-0 run to go up by six with under two minutes left in the first period.  

Shoreline came out in the second half to take a four point advantage, but Bellevue came back to tie the game at 65 each after nine minutes of play in the second period. Shoreline caught on fire from there, burying Bellevue to go up by 13 points with just over seven minutes remaining.

Bellevue made things interesting when they got to within one point on a made free throw from Jonathan Humphrie inside the final minute, but Shoreline hit three of four from the line to win by four points at 92-88.

Bellevue’s Humphrie led all scores with 23 points in the loss, which dropped Bellevue to eight place.

Shoreline had three players in double figures, led by Avery Scharer, who finished with 17 points. Nahshaun George had 12 points and a game high 10 rebounds for Shoreline, who finished in 7th place.

WOMEN 10 am Bellevue 68 Umpqua 45 [stats]
7th/8th Place

Sanda Milovic tallied 16 points and 7 boards to help lead Bellevue over Umpqua 68-45

Bellevue gained a 23 point lead in the first half and by 30 in the second half and cruised to an easy blowout of Umpqua, winning 68-45 to claim seventh place overall at the NWAACC championship tournament.

Umpqua’s only lead was at 4-2 after the first minute, and from there on, it was all Bellevue. The Bulldog’s lead was seven at 15-8 with 15 minutes left in the first half. Umpqua went on a run to cut the lead to four on a pair of free throws from Baylie Smith, but with five minutes remaining in the first period, Umpqua found themselves facing a 17 point hole. Another flurry of points put Bellevue up 23, but Umpqua cut the deficit to 18 points at halftime, trailing 38-20

Bellevue pushed their lead to 28 points when Taylor Woffard connected on a field goal to make it 50-22, capping a 12-2 run. Seconds later, Sandra Milovic scored from downtown to put Bellevue up by 29.

Bellevue would eventually push their advantage to 30 and withstood a run by Umpqua, but won by 23 points at 68-55.

Umpqua had only one player in double figures with 10 points from Brooklyn Norman.

Bellevue was led by 16 points from Milovic, and finished in seventh place at this year’s tournament.


Monday March 5, 2012

MEN 8pm Chemeketa 98 Peninsula 91 [stats]

Gavin Kauffman led the Storm with 25 points to help lead Chemeketa to an NWAACC title game appearance.

Chemeketa hit big shot after big shot , coming back to push defending champion Peninsula over the edge on Monday night, beating the Pirates 98-91 to advance to the NWAACC finals.

The game had all the makings of a blowout when Peninsula’s Tyler Funk hit a three pointer after less than three minutes of play to put the Pirates up 13-2. Chemeketa answered with a 10-0 run to climb within one point on a made three by Gavin Kauffman with 14 minutes left in the half, tying the game two minutes later at 15 apiece.

Chemeketa took their first lead when Jacob Begin hit from downtown, and minutes later found themselves up by six when Kauffman knocked down another trey. Chemeketa pushed their lead to eight before the half was over, and led 45-42 at the break.

Peninsula took the advantage early in the second period, but Chemeketa reclaimed the lead when Johnny Howard hit from distance to put the Storm up 55-54. From there, the rout was on, as Chemeketa went on a 19-0 run to take a 74-54 lead with 9:32 left in the contest.

Down 94-77 with under a minute and a half remaining, Peninsula caught fire from three point range, scoring 11 points in 58 seconds to make it 94-88 with 31 seconds left. Peninsula, though, would not complete the comeback, and Chemeketa escaped with the 98-94 victory.

Funk led Peninsula with 25 points, six rebounds, eight assists, and six steals.

Kauffman had 25 points for Chemeketa while Trevor Phillips had a double double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Chemeketa will play Tacoma at 8 p.m. for the NWAACC title.

WOMEN 8 pm Yakima Valley 59 Walla Walla 47 [stats]

Simone Jordan tallied a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards to help send Yakima Valley to it's second consecutive NWAACC title game appearance.

In the last semi final match up of the evening, Walla Walla and Yakima Valley faced one another, fighting for a chance to play in the NWAACC finals. Yakima Valley got off to a hot start and took advantage of Walla Walla’s mistakes, eventually leading by as many as 14 before winning by 12 to advance to the championship game.

Kayla Gonzalez started out the game on fire, hitting her first two shots, both three pointers, to put Yakima Valley up by six. Walla Walla finally got on the board, but minutes later Yakima Valley pushed  their lead to eight, and then to 10 points on a steal and fast break bucket from Simone Jordan.

Alex Pfefferle hit a three pointer to give Walla Walla their second field goal of the evening and just over a minute later Leslie Stillar added another, but with 8:34 remaining in the first half, Hannah Lekson hit from downtown to give Yakima Valley a 20-9 lead. Walla Walla answered with a 10-2 run over the next six minutes to cut Yakima Valley’s lead to just three, but Walla Walla still trailed 25-20 at the halftime break.

Yakima Valley started the second half the same way they did the first, going on a 13-2 run to take a 38-22 lead with just three minutes gone in the second period. Walla Walla went on a 12-2 run of their own to creep to within 6 points, but Yakima Valley answered by pushing their lead back to 14 on a field goal from Brittany Newcomb with less than 10 minutes left in the game.

Walla Walla made a rally to cut the deficit to seven at 54-47 with under two minutes to play, but Newcomb came up big for Yakima Valley, hitting all four of her free throw attempts in the final 1:19 to give Yakima Valley the 59-47 victory.

Tai Jenson had 16 points and eight rebounds for Walla Walla, who committed 19 turnovers and gave up 22 points off of those miscues.

Yakima Valley was led by 15 points and seven rebounds from Newcomb, while Simone Jordan added a double double with 12 points and 10 boards. Yakima Valley will play Columbia Basin for the championship on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

MEN 6 pm Tacoma 77 Big Bend 67 [stats]

Dominque Williams had a game high 23 points as helped lead Tacoma to Tuesday's NWAACC title game,

Dominique Williams and Mark McLaughin put up 23 and 22 points respectively for Tacoma to edge Big Bend 77-67 for a trip to the NWAACC finals.

Tacoma got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 8-2 lead in the first two minutes. Big Bend answered with Josh Loera hitting a three pointer to tie the game at 10. Moments later, Tacoma went on a 9-0 run, getting ahead 23-14.

Tacoma’s lead was 11 when McLaughin stole the ball and ran down the court for a layup, making the score 32-21 with eight and a half minutes left in the first half. Big Bend cut the deficit to eight on a number of occasions and trailed 39-31 at the half.

The beginning of the second half belonged to Tacoma as they stretched their lead to 14 with 16:48 remaining in the game. Big Bend cut the deficit to 11 points at 50-39, but Tacoma raced out to a 17 point lead with 11:48 left on a made three pointer from Williams.

Big Bend got to within seven points at 74-67 on a three pointer from Kyle Neild, but it was too little too late for the Vikings, as Tacoma’s Nate Walker hit both of his free throws with 14 seconds to go and Big Bend fell 77-67.

Big Bend’s Blake Skidmore, who averaged 37.5 points through his first two games at the tournament, was held to just 19 in the loss.  Loera was six of thirteen from three point range for the Vikings and finished with 23 points.

Tacoma will take on the winner of the Peninsula - Chemeketa game tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m. in the finals of the NWAACC championship tournament.

WOMEN 6 pm Columbia Basin 53 Chemeketa 44 [stats]

Jennifer Noon had a game high 20 points and added 6 boards as Columbia Basin secured a spot ijn the NWAACC title game with a 53-44 win over Chemeketa.

Columbia Basin trailed early but eventually overwhelmed the Chemeketa Storm, winning 53-44 to cement their berth in the NWAACC championship finals.

Things were closely contested from the beginning, with Columbia Basin only gaining a five point advantage after five minutes of play on a three point play by Lacy Young to lead 11-6. Chemeketa worked their way back, eventually tying the game at 18 points on a trey from Chantell Stanton.

Columbia Basin then went on an 8-2 run to grab a six point edge, and led by four at the halftime break. Chemeketa scored first to start the second period, but Columbia Basin answered with a 6-0 run to make their advantage eight points at 36-28 after less than three minutes of action.

Chemeketa made short work of Columbia Basin’s lead coming back to tie the game on a pair of field goals from Lauren Codling with just under seven minutes to play in the game. From there, Columbia Basin went on a 9-0 run to lead 49-40. Chemeketa did their best to work away at the lead, but the Hawks hit their free throws down the stretch en route to a 53-44 victory.

Codling was the only Chemeketa player in double figures with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

Jennifer Noon had 20 points to lead Columbia Basin, and Tiffany Idler added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the double double. Columbia Basin will play in the NWAACC championship game tomorrow night at 5:30 pm against the winner of the Walla Walla - Yakima Valley game.

MEN 4 pm Mt. Hood 89 Southwestern Oregon 67 [stats]

 
 

Spencer Clayton slams two of his 22 points in Mt. Hood's 89-67 win over South Region rival SW Oregon. Clayton tunred in a double double with is 13 rebounds.

Curtis Papenfuss and Spencer Clayton combined for 50 points for the Mt. Hood Saints, who easily outpaced the SW Oregon Lakers 89-67 to qualify for the 5th place game of the NWAACC tournament.

Mt. Hood showed their dominance early, jumping out to an 8-2 lead on a fast break bucket from Papenfuss after less than two minutes of play. The Lakers, however, didn't get their heads down after the slow start and caught the Saints on a Joseph Moquino three pointer two minutes later.

The teams traded buckets until Colby Mitchell stole the ball for the Saints and scored on the break. Mt. Hood would push the lead to seven at 27-20 with under five minutes remaining in the first period. SW Oregon tied the game at 32, but Marcus Moore hit a three at the halftime buzzer to put Mt. Hood up 35-32 after the first 20 minutes.

Four minutes into the second half, Mt. Hood completed a 10-0 run with a bucket from Moore to lead 49-36. The Saints didn't stop there and several minutes later had stretched their lead to 17 on a Papenfuss field goal.

The blowout continued as the second half wore on. The Saints went up 32 on a three pointer from Dominque Queen with under seven minutes left in the contest. SW Oregon slowly chipped at the lead, but it wasn't enough and the final buzzer sounded with Mt. Hood leading by 22 at 89-67.

Moquino had 23 points to pace SW Oregon, who will be sent home empty handed, save for their shocking first round victory over top ranked Whatcom.

Papenfuss' 28 points led the Saints, while Clayton added a double double with 22 points and a game high 13 boards. Mt. Hood will play Yakima Valley tomorrow at noon for 5th place overall.

WOMEN 4 pm Clackamas 85 Blue Mountain 65 [stats]

 
 

Sam McCloud completely loaded the stats sheet for Clackamas with 19 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 5 steals to help lead the Cougars to a 85-65 win.

Blue Mountain hung around in a tight first half, but eventually fell behind in the second, trailing by as many as 23 points before losing 85-65 to Clackamas to put an end to their first NWAACC tournament appearance.

Blue Mountain led early, with Nadia Telles hitting a two pointer to put the Timberwolves up 8-3 after the first two minutes. Clackamas quickly made up the ground with a pair of three pointers from Ashleigh Anderson and Sam McCloud to take a one point lead.

Blue Mountain came right back with Chanel Cambronero hitting from downtown to give Blue Mountain a 22-16 lead with 10 minutes left in the first half. Clackamas answered by hitting four consecutive treys to erase the Timberwolves' advantage and go up by five at 28-23. Clackamas led 36-35 at halftime.

Blue Mountain started the second half slowly, and Clackamas took advantage, slowly building their lead until MaKesha Bizon hit from downtown to put the Cougars up 53-43. The lead grew to 16 points when Jordin Feldman hit a layup in the paint with just over eight minutes remaining in the game.

Blue Mountain climbed to within eleven at 66-55, but Clackamas buried the Timberwolves with a 15-3 run to go up by 23 at 81-58 with just over two minutes left in the contest. At that point, Clackamas emptied their bench, cruising to an 85-64 victory.

Stephanie Lopez finished with a game high 33 points for Blue Mountain, and added 11 boards in the loss.

Clackamas was led by the near triple double of Sam McCloud. McCloud finished with 19 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, and five steals. Jenny Johnson also finished with 19 points on five of nine from three point range. Clackamas will play Skagit Valley for fifth place tomorrow at noon.

MEN 2 pm Yakima Valley 84 Spokane 72 [stats]

 
 

Amir Royal led the Yaks with 22 points and added 8 defensive boards.

Preston Wynne's 35 points weren't enough for Spokane, as Yakima Valley powered past the Sasquatch for the 84-72 victory.

Things were tight in the early going, with neither team finding an advantage larger than four until Brady Bagby's free throw with 11 minutes remaining made it 18-14 in favor of Spokane. Yakima Valley came fighting right back, taking a seven point lead on a steal and fast break basket from Jalon Flowers. Yakima Valley pushed their advantage to 11 with a pair of free throws from DeShawn Battle, and led by nine at the break, 46-37.

Spokane cut the lead to five coming out of halftime, but Amir Royal put Yakima Valley up nine with 16:42 remaining in the game. Three minutes later, Dabrail Henton put Yakima Valley up twelve with a three pointer.

Spokane made a run a few minutes later, getting nine consecutive points to cut the deficit to just two. Yakima Valley held on to the lead, but it was cut to one on a Marlowe Brim field goal with six minutes left in the game. With under four minutes remaining Bagby pushed Spokane ahead 69-68, but Yakima Valley finished the contest on a 12-3 run over the final three minutes, winning 84-72.

Wynne was one of four players in double figures for Spokane with 35 points. Bagby, Brimm and Luke Evans each finished with 10.

Amir Royal led Yakima Valley with 22 points. Yakima Valley will take on Mt. Hood tomorrow at noon in the game for fifth place.

WOMEN 2pm Skagit Valley 84 Lane 83 [stats]

 
  Jessica Denmon led Skagit Valley with 22 points and turned in 11 boards.

Playing behind most of the first half, Lane took several brief leads in the second half but fell in the final seconds, losing to Skagit Valley 86-83 to end their tournament run. Lane and Skagit Valley both won their respective regions and were number one seeds entering the tournament.

Skagit Valley got off to a solid start, going up 5-0 on a two pointer from Allison Johnson. Lane fought back, but went down seven points minutes later when Laken McClelland hit a three to give Skagit Valley a 14-7 lead with 13 minutes remaining. McClelland made the lead eight points with another three pointer with under nine minutes to play in the first half. Lane came back to within one point, but trailed at the half after Skagit Valley went on an 8-0 run to lead 44-35 at the break.

Lane made their run in the first six minutes of the second period, eventually tying the score at 53 on a pair of free throws from Courtney Walchli. Lane took the lead moments later on a three pointer from Kersey Wilcox. That lead would hold, however slimly, until McClelland hit a field goal to give Skagit Valley the advantage with 1:31 left in the game.

Sophia Baetz hit a pair of free throws for Skagit Valley to give the Cardinals a three point lead at 81-78 with 35 seconds remaining. Moments later, Reed Levings stole the ball and scored on the fast break for Lane, tying the score at 83 with 16 seconds left in the contest.

With two seconds left, Skagit Valley got the offensive rebound off a miss, and McClelland was fouled. She hit one of two to give Skagit Valley an 84-83 lead, sealing the victory for the Cardinals.

MEN 12 pm Shoreline 80 Lower Columbia 77 [stats]

 
 

Avery Scharer had game highs of 20 points and 12 boaerds as Shorelinee edged Lower Columbia 80-77.

Both teams started out cold, with neither scoring for the first three minutes as Shoreline beat Lower Columbia to move into the game for 7th place at the NWAACC championship tournament.

Caden Skelton finally broke the stalemate with a three pointer for Lower Columbia, and maintained their lead until Shoreline tied the game at eight with 13 minutes left in the first half. Shoreline took their first lead on a pair of free throws from Will Acromite, but Lower Columbia took it right back, trading baskets with Shoreline until a pair of Avery Scharer put Shoreline up two.

A steal and a basket by Jordan Lupfer gave Shoreline a six point lead at 28-22 with just under four minutes remaining in the half. Shoreline led 38-32 at the halftime break.

Lower Columbia charged back in the second half to take a five point lead at Aaron Alston with 8:33 left in the game. Shoreline answered with a run of their own to take the lead on a Anthony Edwards three pointer with three and a half minutes remaining. Lower Columbia gave Shoreline a scare when JJ Roffler stole the ball and ran down the floor for a basket, but Scharer's bucket for Shoreline put the Dolphins up three points, icing the victory.

Aaron Alston led Lower Columbia with 18 points and six rebounds while Hank Robinson added 17 points and nine boards.

Avery Scharer's 20 points and 12 rebounds led Shoreline, who will take on Bellevue in the game for 7th place in the tournament tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

WOMEN 12 pm Bellevue 71 Centralia 49 [stats]

 
 

TyShana Burgess had game highs of 21 points and 7 rebounds to lead Bellevue to a 71-49 beating of Centralia.

Centralia kept up for the first few minutes, but eventually fell far behind, losing 71-59 to Bellevue. Centralia, the champions of the Western Region, have now been eliminated from the tournament while Bellevue is still in the running for 7th place.

Sanda Milovic put Bellevue up five at 7-2 with a three pointer to start things off, but Centralia battled to tie the game at 8 points after five minutes. Centralia took a one point lead, but Bellevue came back to go up five at 17-12. Katie Bergquist hit a three pointer for Centralia to bring the Trailblazers to within one, but Bellevue went on a 16-4 run to finish out the half leading 35-22.

Bellevue began to pull away even more as the second half began, moving out to a 19 point lead on a pair of free throws from TyShana Burgess. Minutes later, Brittany Barrington hit a three pointer to put Centralia down by 29 with 14 minutes left in the game.

Ali Brossard hit a three pointer to pull Centralia to within 21, but they would come no closer to Bellevue, and lost by 22 at 71-49.

Ali Campbell led Centralia with 14 points and six rebounds.

Bellevue had three players with double figure scoring, led by Burgess' game high 21 points and seven boards. Bellevue will play Umpqua tomorrow morning at 10 am for 7th place in the NWAACC championship tournament.

MEN 10 am Bellevue 75 Clackamas 56 [stats]

 
 

Keaton Hayenga led all scorers with 19 points in Bellevue's 75-56 blow out of Clackamas.

Clackamas got down by double digits early and never led in their loss to Bellevue College by a count of 75-56. Bellevue held the Clackamas starters far below their averages offensively, and will advance to play for seventh place in the NWAACC tournament.

Bellevue jumped on Clackamas from the get go, running out to a 16-5 lead on a field goal from Keaton Hayenga. Clackamas moved to within nine, but Hayenga's three point play with six minutes left in the first half put Bellevue up 14 points. Alec Wilson hit a three pointer for Bellevue to make Bulldog's halftime lead 35-22.

Clackamas fell even further behind in the second half, as Bellevue pushed the lead to 18 points on another field goal from Hayenga after just four minutes of play in the second period. Bellevue's Jonathan Humphrie pushed the lead to 21 points with a layup at the five minute mark.

With four minutes remaining, Clackamas head coach waved the white flag, emptying his bench. Bellevue's lead would reach 21 once more before Andrew Weaver's putback with 19 seconds remaining. Bellevue finished shooting 54 percent from the field and holding Clackamas to just 33.3 percent in their 75-56 victory.

Brett Ball had 13 points for Clackamas, while Taylor Dunn, one of the NWAACC's top scorers, was held to just 10.

Hayenga led with 19 points for Bellevue, and Rex Nelson added a double double with 12 points and 10 boards. Bellevue will play the winner of the Lower Columbia - Shoreline game tomorrow at 10 a.m. for 7th place.

WOMEN 10 am Umpqua 98 Clark 94 [stats]

 
 

Kristen Swim tallied 20 points and 11 boards to lead Umpqua over Clark.

Deborah Simmers' 34 points weren't quite enough to push Clark past Umpqua, who put six players in double figures in their 94-98 victory to stay alive in the fight for seventh place in the NWAACC championship tournament.

Umpqua played a close game until Clark went on a 9-2 run to take a 36-24 lead with eight minutes left in the first period. Umpqua cut into the lead with a pair of free throws from Taylor Mills, but still trailed at the break by six at 51-45.

The second half saw Umpqua come charging back to tie the game at 51 on a field goal from Pua Kailiawa, and then race out to take a six point lead with five minutes gone in the half. Umpqua held Clark at bay, eventually taking a seven point lead on a three point play by Courtney Smith, and pushed their advantage to eight minutes later.

With 5:35 left in the game, Clark put together a 7-0 run to tie the game when Clara Russell hit from three point range. Clark would take a one point lead, but just one minute later, a made free throw from Kristen Swim made Umpqua's advantage four points with 56 seconds remaining. Clark cut the lead to two, but Umpqua made all of their free throws in the final minute to win 98-94.

Simmers' game high 34 points were followed by 22 from Chelsea Dyson for Clark.

Swim led a balanced Umpqua attack with 20 points and 11 boards, while Pua Kailiawa added 13 points, 12 rebounds, and four assists. Umpqua had three players with double doubles, and will play the winner of the Centralia - Bellevue game tomorrow at 10 am for seventh place.


Sunday, March 4, 2012

MEN 10 pm Lower Columbia 66 Whatcom 61 [stats]

Whatcom, the number one seed from the Northern Region and the top ranked team overall, stumbled again, falling for the second game in a row to be knocked from the tournament by Lower Columbia by a score of 66-61.

At first, it looked as though Whatcom would have their vengeance for the previous night, as they jumped out to a six nothing lead over Lower Columbia in the first three minutes. Whatcom stayed ahead, leading 27-13 on a three point play by Evan Coulter with less than nine minutes left in the first period. Lower Columbia went on a run to finish the half, including a three pointer in the final 30 seconds by Caden Skelton to cut the halftime lead to 37-34.

Lower Columbia came out on fire in the second half, working to tie the game at 40 on another field goal from Skelton after just four minutes of play. From that point on, both teams kept things close. The game was tied at 60 points apiece with just over a minute left.

Lower Columbia hit all of their free throws over the final 12 seconds to get the victory over the former number one seed, winning 66-61 to earn a place in the battle for seventh place. Lower Columbia will play high scoring Shoreline on Monday at noon.

Coulter had 17 points for Whatcom while Will Perry scored ten points and gathered in ten rebounds for the double double.

Aaron Alston's 21 points and eight rebounds led Lower Columbia.

WOMEN 10 pm Centralia 55 Whatcom 52 [stats]

The Whatcom women came back from seven down to take a four point lead in the second half, but couldn't hang on as Centralia made a late run to win it by three at 55-52. Whatcom's tournament is over, while Centralia is still alive to fight for seventh place.

Centralia got off to a quick five point lead in the opening minutes and took an 11-4 lead on a free throw from Danielle Curran with 11:26 left in the first half. Moments later, Whatcom cut it to two points with a field goal from Alisha Friberg, but Centralia ran their lead out to 5 points again to lead at halftime 19-14.

Centralia's lead was seven when Ali Campbell put down a jumper, but Whatcom quickly cut into their deficit, tying the game and taking a 24-21 lead on back to back three pointers from Erika Locker. Whatcom's lead grew to four points with 11:20 left to play in the game, but Centralia came back to tie the game at 36 on a jumper from Campbell.

Whatcom and Centralia traded buckets until Centralia took a four point lead at 48-44 with less than four minutes remaining in the game. Centralia pushed their lead out to five in the final minute and hung on to win by three, 55-52.

Locker had 18 points for Whatcom, who have now been eliminated from the tournament.

Campbell led Centralia with 24 points and 18 rebounds. Centralia will face Bellevue on Monday at noon.

MEN 8 pm Big Bend 90 SW Oregon 82 [stats]

 
 

Big Bend's Blake Skidmore led all scorers with 33 points to go with his 5 assists and 5 boards.

Joseph Moquino's 33 points weren't enough to lift SW Oregon, as the Lakers fell to Big Bend 90-82 for their first loss of the tournament. The Lakers are one night removed from knocking off the tournament's highest ranked team in Whatcom.

SW Oregon held a brief lead at 5-4 before Big Bend's Blake Skidmore hit from distance to give Big Bend the advantage. Big Bend ran their lead out to eight points on another jumper from Skidmore to lead 16-8 with 13:30 left in the first half. Big Bend would lead by nine before SW Oregon responded, getting consecutive three pointers from Marcus Monroe and Riley Grandinetti and another from Monroe a few minutes later to cut the deficit to one with 9:17 remaining in the first half. SW Oregon would take a few brief leads in the closing minutes of the first period, but trailed 41-37 at halftime.

SW Oregon led by five early in the second half, up 50-45 on a made three pointer by Moquino. Big Bend tied the game and took the lead on a pair of three pointers from Skidmore. Skidmore stayed active, collecting a miss at the rim for two points a few minutes later to put the Vikings up five at 59-54.

SW Oregon again made a run to catch Big Bend, tying the game at 59 before another Skidmore bucket put the Vikings up 61-59, an advantage that they would not give up. Big Bend's lead grew as big as 16 before SW Oregon's late game run cut it in half, winning 90-82 to advance to the semi final round to take on Tacoma tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.

Moquino's 33 points led SW Oregon, and was the only player in double figures for the Lakers.

Big Bend was led by 33 points, five assists, five rebounds, and two steals from Skidmore.

WOMEN 8pm Chemeketa 70 Blue Mountain 51 [stats]

 
 

Chemeketa's Janelle Weiss led all scorers with 23 points as the Storm blew out Blue Mountain 70-51 in the quarterfinals.

Blue Mountain's first ever trip to the NWAACC tournament finally came to it's end when the Chemeketa Storm thundered past the Timberwolves by a count of 70-51.

Chemeketa led 4-0 on a jumper from Janelle Weiss to start off the game, but Blue Mountain battled back, taking the lead and running their advantage out to 6 at 14-8. Chemeketa reeled off six consecutive points to tie the contest before the Timberwolves used another run to take a seven point lead, this time at 23-16 with just under five minutes remaining in the first half. Chemeketa made a run to catch up, but still trailed at halftime 27-25.

Chemeketa took the lead early and slowly extended their lead, finally reaching double digits at 45-35 with 12:35 remaining in the game. A block and rebound from Chemeketa's Kim VanDyke led to an easy bucket by KayLynne Kuenzi to put Chemeketa up by 12.

Blue Mountain kept things even and cut the deficit down to nine on several occasions, but eventually fell down 15 points on a Weiss three pointer. Chemeketa extended their lead to 19 moments later, and cruised to a 70-51 victory.

Chanel Cambronero had 17 points for Blue Mountain, while Megan McIntyre and Mikel Harrington both finished in double figures for rebounding with 11 and 10 boards respectively.

Weiss led Chemeketa with 23 points while VanDyke added 17. Chemeketa will take on Columbia Basin College tomorrow at 6 p.m. for a chance to go to the NWAACC finals.

MEN 6 pm Chemeketa 86 Yakima Valley 75 [stats]

 
 

Chemeketa's Gavin Kauffman led all scorers with 21 points in the Storm's 86-75 win over Yakima Valley.

Chemeketa put five men in double figures en rout to an 11 point victory over Yakima Valley, beating the Yaks 86-75 to advance past the second round to the semi finals of the NWAACC championship tournament.

Dabrail Henton got things started in Yakima Valley's favor, hitting a three pointer to give the Yaks their first lead at three-nothing. Chemeketa and YVCC traded buckets for several minutes before Chemeketa tied the game at 14 apiece after six minutes. Johnny Howard scored five points in a row to break the tie for Yakima Valley.

Several minutes later, Chemeketa's Jalon Flowers stole the ball and scored, cutting the lead down to one. Yakima Valley closed the half on a 12-1 run to end the first period up 12 at 46-34.

A field goal by Gavin Kauffman made the advantage 14 for Chemeketa with less than a minute gone in the second half. The Yaks put together a 7-0 run to cut the deficit in half, capped by a pair of free throws from Amir Royal. Both teams would trade baskets before Yakima Valley's Dallin Molina hit a three pointer to make Chemeketa's advantage just six.

Several minutes later, Cameron Jensen hit a three pointer from the corner to bring Yakima Valley to within four, but Chemeketa owned the final six minutes, racing out to a 13 point lead before finishing off the Yaks by a score of 86-75.

Yakima Valley was led by Jensen, who scored 19 points before fouling out in the final minutes of the contest.

Gavin Kauffman paced five double figure scorers for Chemeketa with 21 points. Chemeketa will face Peninsula in the semi final game tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.

WOMEN 6 pm Walla Walla 72 Skagit Valley 68 OT [stats]

 
 

Walla Walla's Alex Pfefferle takes a shot during the Warriors 72-68 win over Skagit Valley.

Sienna Edmunson hit a pair of field goals including a jumper at the buzzer to send the Walla Walla Warriors and the Skagit Valley Cardinals to overtime, where Walla Walla would emerge victorious to move into the semi final round of the NWAACC championships.

Early on, it looked as though Walla Walla would have an easy time with things. The Warriors started the game by going up 13-2 in the first seven minutes of action. Walla Walla answered a Cardinal rally that cut the lead to 5 with a run of their own, scoring seven consecutive points to go back up by 12 with a little less than eight minutes left in the first half.

Walla Walla was leading by 10 at 24-14 with under four minutes to play in the half when Skagit Valley stepped things up big time. The Cardinals held Walla Walla scoreless over the last 3:45, going on a 10-0 run to finish out the first period and tying the halftime score at 24 each.

Walla Walla built a lead over the first five minutes of the second half, going up by five points at 36-31 on a Tai Jensen put back. The lead stretched to six points when Leslie Stillar nailed a three pointer to make the advantage 39-33. Skagit Valley stayed close, tying the game and eventually taking a five point lead on another three pointer from Stillar.

With one minute left in the game, Skagit Valley was holding on to a four point lead at 61-57. Walla Walla's Edmunson ran down the floor and drove into the paint, hitting the layup to bring Walla Walla within striking distance. Brittany Wilson's three point attempt went up and over the backboard, giving the ball to Walla Walla with 11 seconds left in regulation. Again Edmunson brought the ball up the floor and drove to the basket, scoring as the buzzer sounded to send the game to an extra five minutes.

Skagit Valley struck first in the overtime, Laken McClelland hitting the bottom of the net from outside the three point line to give the Cardinals the advantage. Stillar answered for Walla Walla with a three of her own, tying up the score. Walla Walla would never trail again, as they built a four point lead and fought the Cardinal charge to win 72-68.

Skagit Valley had two Cardinals with double doubles, led by Jessica Denmon's 20 points and 12 rebounds with Brittany Gray contributing 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Stillar led Walla Walla's four double figure scorers with 19 points. Walla Walla will face Yakima Valley at 10 a.m. tomorrow morning.

 

MEN 4 pm Peninsula 96 Spokane 91 OT [stats]

 
 

Peninsula's JT Terrell was ice when he hit this three with seconds left to send the game into overtime where the Pirates went on to win 96-91 and advancing to the semifinals.

Peninsula's DeShaun Freeman and J.T. Terrell combined for 68 points in Peninsula's thrilling overtime victory over Spokane, the number one seed from the NWAACC East. Peninsula completed a fantastic comeback to tie the game in the final seconds and send it to overtime, where they would win 96-91 to advance to the semi final match.

Spokane led by eight points at 12-4 on a field goal from Luke Evans with 12 minutes remaining in the first half. Peninsula chipped at the lead, eventually tying the game at 29 on a pair of Terrell free throws with 2:30 left in the half. Sam Waller's attempt at the end of the first period was blocked by Spokane, and the Sasquatch led 33-32 at the break.

Eight minutes into the second half, Spokane had rebuilt their lead to 11 at 54-43 following a 12-2 run. Peninsula answered back moments later by scoring the next five, eventually coming to within three points of the lead.

With 2:04 remaining and Peninsula down 69-62, Waller stole the ball and passed to Terrell, who pulled up and nailed a deep three pointer to make the deficit just four. On the next possession, Peninsula's Tyler Funk hit another trey to bring the Pirates to within one.

With 43 seconds remaining, Spokane had taken a five point lead on a Preston Wynne three pointer. Peninsula's Dudley Ewell spun inside and scored the basket and the foul. Ewell hit the free throw, putting the game within reach for the Pirates at 75-72.

Luke Evans hit one of two free throws for Spokane with 22 seconds left. Peninsula called time out, and then inbounded to Terrell, who pulled up and drilled a three pointer to tie the game with 11 seconds remaining in regulation. Terrell would steal the ball with enough time for a shot, but his three point attempt was off the mark, sending the game into an extra period.

Spokane never led in the overtime and fell down by as many as six points. Terrell hit six of eight free throw attempts in the extra five minutes to lift Peninsula to a 96-91 thrilling victory.

Preston Wynne had 28 points and 13 rebounds for Spokane, who will drop into the losers bracket to fight for 5th place.

Freeman and Terrell scored 37 and 31 points respectively and Freeman pulled down 11 rebounds. Peninsula will take on the winner of the Yakima Valley - Bellevue game at 8 p.m. tomorrow evening.

WOMEN 4 pm Yakima Valley 73 Lane 57 [stats]

 
 

Yakima's Kayla Gonzales led all scorers with 21 points and added 6 boards to help lead the Yaks over Lane 73-57.

Yakima Valley was too much for Lane, holding the Titans to 33 percent and defeating Lane 73-57 to advance to the NWAACC semi finals.

Yakima Valley scored the first 14 points of the contest, all part of a 17-2 run overall to begin the game. Lane chipped slowly away at the lead, but was only successful in cutting it to 12 before Yakima Valley made their advantage 17 on a three pointer from Brittney Newcomb.

Lane answered right back, going on 6-2 run to make the score 29-36. Yakima Valley led 39-29 at halftime after Kayla Gonzales hit a three pointer with eight seconds left before the halftime buzzer.

Halftime didn't work any magic for Lane, who found themselves down 19 just three minutes into the second half. Lane put together a 7-0 run, but Yakima Valley's Simone Jordan answered back by nailing a three pointer to keep Yakima Valley up 53-38 with just under 14 minutes to play in the game.

The lead broke 20 for Yakima Valley as the nine minute mark passed when Newcomb added two more points. Lane would get no closer than 14 points the rest of the way and fell 73-57 to surrender their spot in tomorrow's semi final match.

Shields scored 20 points and had nine rebounds to lead Lane.

Kayla Gonzales had 21 points to lead all scores, and Newcomb added a double double, totaling 14 points and 12 rebounds for Yakima Valley, who will play tomorrow at 10 a.m. against the winner of the Walla Walla - Skagit Valley game.

MEN 2 pm Tacoma 59 Mt. Hood 46 [stats]

 
 

Tacoma's Mark McLaughin lead all scorers with 23 points and added 6 boards.

Mt. Hood couldn't overcome Tacoma's hot start, falling behind by eight in the first three minutes and losing by 13 to move to the loser bracket by a score of 59-46.

Tacoma got started on the right foot, racing out to a 10-2 lead on a basket by Mark McLaughin, who scored six of their first ten points. Mt. Hood made a run of their own to take a 12-10 lead after 7 minutes of play. Two minutes later, Tacoma took the lead right back on another basket by McLaughin, this time going on an 11-0 run to take a commanding lead at 23-13 with seven minutes left in the half. Tacoma led 28-19 at the break.

The beginning of the second half didn't fare well for Mt. Hood, who quickly fell behind by 14 after playing just over two minutes in the second period. Mt. Hood then held Tacoma scoreless for over four minutes and went on a run to cut the deficit by 11, coming within 36-31. Mt. Hood made the difference three points on a trey from Coletun Tarr with just over ten minutes left in the game. Their success, however, wouldn't last.

Tacoma steadily extended their lead, eventually going up by 13 on a pair of free throws from Nate Walker with four seconds left. Walkers points would be the game's last, as Tacoma stayed perfect in the tournament, winning 59-46.

Mt. Hood was led by Marcus Moore's 17 points, and didn't get much from Southern Region MVP Clayton Spencer, who finished with just six points and seven boards.

McLaughin's 23 points and 6 rebounds led Tacoma, who advances to the semi-finals to take on the winner of the SW Oregon - Big Bend game tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.

WOMEN 2 pm Columbia Basin 64 Clackamas 55 [stats]

 
 

Columbia Basin's Jennifer Noon ripped the nets for 20 points in CBC's 64-55 win over Clackamas.

Clackamas and Columbia Basin, two teams that both spent time at the top of the coaches poll all season, matched up in the second round and presented the fans with one of the most exciting finishes the women's tournament had seen so far. Columbia Basin used a run early in the first half to take the game 64-55 and move on to the NWAACC semi finals.

Columbia Basin took a seven point lead after five minutes of play on a shot from Lacey Young, but Clackamas reeled off seven points of their own to tie the game at eleven points apiece. Clackamas broke the tie a few possessions later with a shot from Sam McCloud, and the teams traded baskets, neither gaining an advantage bigger than four. Clackamas led 25-23 at halftime.

Columbia Basin took a brief lead early in the second half, but Clackamas fought back, draining consecutive three pointers from MaKesha Bizon and Jenny Johnson to go up four at 31-27. Columbia Basin then went on a 9-2 run to take a 38-33 lead when Jennifer Noon hit for two of her game high 20 points. A few minutes later, Lacey Young made it a ten point lead for Columbia Basin.

Clackamas scored four in a row to cut the lead to 48-42 on a pair of free throws by Jenny Johnson, but Columbia Basin held strong, stopping the run and pushing the lead back out to nine. With just over a minute remaining in the game, Lindsay Kanalz hit a pair of free throws to bring it to 56-51. Columbia Basin answered with a jumper from Lacey Young and forced Johnson to travel with the basketball, giving Columbia Basin possession with a seven point lead. Columbia Basin would swish their next six free throw attempts, icing the victory and sending Clackamas to the losers bracket by a final score of 64-55.

Clackamas was led by 16 points from Sam McCloud and 15 from Johnson in the loss.

Noon finished with 20 points, and Katherine Samuels added 12 assists for Columbia Basin, who will face the winner of the Blue Mountain - Chemeketa game tomorrow at 6 p.m.

MEN 12 pm Bellevue 74 Clark 71 [stats]

 
 

Bellevue's Jonathan Humphrie led the Bulldogs with 21 points.

Bellevue and Clark played a thriller with Bellevue holding on to a lead and keeping Clark's furious rally at bay to win 74-71 and knock top seeded Clark from the tournament all together.

Things were close throughout the first half, with Bellevue pulling away to lead by 12 at halftime on a Eric Turner three pointer.

Half way through the second period, Bellevue had extended their lead to 16 on three made free throws by Tre Benton. Down 13 on another three pointer by Benton, Clark would make a wild comeback, going on a 15-3 run to cut the deficit to just one point at 70-69 with two minutes remaining in the game.

A few possessions later and down 72-71, Austin Potts stole the ball for Bellevue and passed down the court to Blake Bowen, who tripped and fumbled the ball out of bounds. Jonathan Humphrie hit a pair of free throws for Bellevue, and Clark's three pointer was off the mark, sealing the win for Bellevue and ending Clark's tournament run.

Austin Bragg led with 18 points and 16 rebounds for Clark, who was one of two No. 1 seeds to lose in the first round.

Humphrie's 21 points paced Bellevue, who will play Clackamas tomorrow for a chance to advance to the 7th place game.

WOMEN 12 pm Umpqua 73 Pierce 58 [stats]

 
 

Umpqua's Samantha Thornton led the Riverhawks with 20 points.

Samantha Thornton put up 20 points and pulled down nine rebounds to lead Umpqua to the victory over Pierce to advance in the losers bracket.

Umpqua made it look easy in the early moments of the game, scoring the first eight points and going up 12 at 14-2 after seven minutes of play. They extended their advantage to 14 a few minutes later on a field goal from Baylie Smith to make it 20-4.

Then things started to turn around. Pierce went on a 16-0 run to tie the game at 20, and things stayed close for the remainder of the half with Umpqua leading 29-27 at the break. The second half was all Umpqua.

Pierce tied the game at 31 on a basket from Unique Taufa`asau, but then Umpqua went on a 10-0 run to take a decisive lead. Umpqua would get as far ahead as 21 before winning by 15 at 73-58.

Taufa`asau had 19 points for Pierce, accompanied by 17 points and 15 rebounds from Taylor Riley

Thornton's big game was surpassed by a triple double by Kristen Swim with 17 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Umpqua will play Clark at 10 am tomorrow.

MEN 10 am Clackamas 70 South Puget Sound 67 [stats]

 
 

Clackamas forward Brett Ball filled the nets for 17 points and pulled down 7 boards in the Cougars' 70-67 win over Shoreline.

S. Puget Sound came back from a 12 point deficit to tie and take a brief lead to make things interesting, but in the end Clackamas prevailed, winning 70-67 to stay alive in the hunt for 7th place in the NWAACC tournament.

Clackamas jumped off to an early lead, moving ahead by nine points after five minutes of play, leading 11-2 on a field goal from Andre Dickson. S. Puget Sound battled back to get within two on a three pointer by Lucky Lagerberg, but Clackamas went on a 16-5 run to take a 13 point lead with 7:38 to play in the first half.

S. Puget Sound used a 9-0 run of their own to climb back to 29-25, but a put back by Clackamas' Paul Walter made the deficit 12 with a put back at the buzzer to give Clackamas the lead 40-28 at halftime.

S. Puget Sound game out of halftime with a vengance, going on a 13-2 run to pull within one point on a field goal from Deshawn Hayes. Several minutes later, a three pointer from Tyler Vanderhoff made it 63-61 Clackamas, and Hayes followed with another trey to put S. Puget Sound in the lead 64-63 with just over four minutes to play in the game.

Clackamas regained the lead on a fade away by Jake Dewitt, and built their lead up to 3 points with 25 seconds left. S. Puget Sound missed all their three point attempts and Clackamas was just good enough from the line to edge past S. Puget Sound 70-67.

S. Puget Sound was led by 20 points and 18 rebounds and five assists from Anye Turner, as well as 16 points from Hayes.

Taylor Dunn and Brett Ball both that 14 points for Clackamas, who moves on to play the winner of the Clark - Bellevue game tomorrow at 10 am.

WOMEN 10 am Clark 78 Peninsula 46 [stats]

 
 

Clark's Clara Russell was one of three Penguins to tally 17 points in Clark's 78-46 win over Peninsula.

The Clark women came out on fire, easily besting the Peninsula Pirates 78-46 to knock Peninsula from the NWAACC tournament. Peninsula shot just 20 percent from the field and was 2 of 17 from three point range in the loss.

Clark got things started in dominant fashion, going on a 23-3 run in the first nine minutes. The Penguins led 31-7 on a pair of free throws from Chelsea Karvia, and pushed their advantage to 26 on a made basket by Clara Russell. Clark was ahead by 19 at the half, leading 40-21.

Karli Brakes scored Peninsula's last two points on a pair of free throws before Clark went on an 8-0 run to finish the game, winning by 32 at 78-46.

Peninsula had only one player in double figures, with Taylor Larson netting 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Russell, Chelsea Dyson, and Deborah Simmers all had 17 points for Clark, who will play tomorrow against the winner of the Umpqua - Pierce game. Dyson also had 10 rebounds.

MEN 8 am Shoreline 96 Walla Walla 94 [stats]

 
 

Shoreline's Joe Bodman led all scorers with 23 as the Dolphins dispatched Walla Walla from the tournament with a 96-94 win.

Just a day after giving Tacoma all they could handle, Walla Walla failed to keep up with Shoreline, 96-94 to fall from the tournament. Shoreline is still alive and can place as high as seventh if they win out.

A three pointer by Mac Stannard gave Walla Walla a 29-13 lead, capping a 7-0 run with 14 minutes left in the first half. A free throw by Shoreline's Anthony Edwards brought the Dolphins to within six at 34-28 with under ten minutes to play. Minutes later, Shoreline completed an 8-0 run to pull within one point at 37-36 and finally took the lead on a free throw from Ryan Osborne-Campbell at 42-41.

For the remainder of the half, things stayed close. Shoreline held a six point edge at the half, leading 55-49. Shoreline pushed their advantage to 12 in the opening minutes of the second half on a three pointer by Earlie Dixon. Walla Walla then went on a 12-1 run to bring the score to 63-62 Shoreline with 14 minutes to play.

Walla Walla took the lead a few minutes later on a putback from Michael Crane, and from that point on, neither team would hold a lead larger than four, playing back and fourth until Stannard tied it with a free throw for Walla Walla with 36 seconds left in the game. Shoreline put the ball in the hands of Avery Scharer, who hit a field goal to put Shoreline up for good, 96-94.

Jay Paine and Dallen Bills both finished with 22 points for Walla Walla, and Michael Crane added a double double with 16 points and 18 rebounds.

Shoreline was led by the 23 points and 13 rebounds of Joe Bodman and the 10 points and 12 assists from Scharer. Shoreline will play the winner of the Whatcom - Lower Columbia game tomorrow at noon.

WOMEN 8 am Bellevue 74 Tacoma 55 [stats]

 
 

Kelsey Sparks was on of three Bulldogs to turn in double-digit scoring as Bellevue knocked out Tacoma with a 74-55 win.

Tacoma never led, as Bellevue slowly extended their lead out to as many as 22 before winning 74-55 to knock Tacoma from the NWAACC tournament. Bellevue is still in contention for 7th place.

Bellevue first took the lead on a bucket from Brittany Barrington, going up 2-0 and minutes later were up seven at 13-6. Bellevue's lead was 11 at 26-15 at the 10 minute mark of the first half. With seconds remaining in the first period, Courtney Batts hit a pair of free throws to put Bellevue up 16. They led Tacoma at halftime by a score of 42-26.

Tacoma would never really make a run to cut at the lead. Barrington hit another shot with 12 minutes left in the game to make the score 56-35, and a few possessions later, DeMarea Caples hit a field goal to make the lead 22 for Bellevue.

Shante Watson made good on a three point play for Tacoma in the final seconds, but all it did was to soften the final blow. Bellevue finished shooting 48.5 percent from the field and committed just 12 turnovers en route to their 19 point victory over Tacoma.

Tacoma was led by the 17 points and 5 rebounds of Angelina Wagar-Sanchez. Claire Swayze added 14 points, two rebounds, and two assists.

Barrington and Kelsey Sparks each had 12 points for Bellevue. Barrington also finished with a game high eight assists.

Bellevue will play tomorrow at noon against the winner of the Centralia - Whatcom game.


Saturday Mar 3, 2012

MEN 10 pm Big Bend 78 Lower Columbia 71 [stats]

 
 

Big Bend all-star Blake Skidemore rips the nets for 42 during Big Bend's 78-71 win over Lower Columbia Saturday.

Big Bend and Lower Columbia squared off in the late game Saturday, with Big Bend coming out victorious well after midnight by a score of 78-71 behind a monster night from Blake Skidmore, who put up 42 points in the win.

The teams kept things close through the first half, with Lower Columbia holding a six point lead after five minutes of play at 18-12 on a three point play by Hank Robinson. Two minutes later, Big Bend had caught Lower Columbia and took the lead on a Antonio Snow field goal with 12 minutes left in the first half.

Lower Columbia reclaimed the lead and pushed it out to nine points on a made three pointer by Taylor Burton with 3:18 remaining. Big Bend went into halftime trailing 39-34.

With one minute gone in the second half, Skidmore hit one of his game high five three point field goals to tie up the score at 41 all. Big Bend would build a lead of their own before Lower Columbia came back to tie the game with 9:26 left in the second half.

Big Bend jumped out to another lead at 65-58, but again failed to hang on to their advantage, as Lower Columbia battled to within one point on a JJ Roffler field goal with three minutes remaining in the contest. That was the closest that Lower Columbia would come, as they were unable to find an answer for Skidmore, who iced the 78-71 victory with two free throws in the final seconds.

Leading the way for Lower Columbia was Aaron Alston, who finished with 22 points.

Skidmore's 42 points were the highest scored so far in the tournament. Antonio Snow added 20 points for Big Bend, who will take on SW Oregon on Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

WOMEN 10 pm Chemeketa 58 Whatcom 41 [stats]

 
 

Storm bench player Kayla Cuellar comes in to lead all scorers with 15 points as Chemeketa downs Whatcom 58-41

Whatcom hung around in the first half, but eventually fell away in their first round game, losing to Chemeketa 58-41. Whatcom missed all of their three point attempts and was held to 22.2 percent shooting by Chemeketa in the loss.

Chemeketa started off strongly, scoring the first four points before Whatcom fought back to tie at four apiece. Whatcom led by 5 on a pair of free throws from Erika Locker, but their lead wouldn't last long. Both teams would trade baskets before Chemeketa took the lead out to seven points in the seconds before halftime. Chemeketa led 29-24 at the break.

Chemeketa pushed their lead to eight points on a free throw by Hannah Frederick, but Whatcom would come back to tie the game and then take the lead seven minutes later. At the 11:34 mark, Chemeketa broke a 36-36 tie on a pair of free throws from Kim VanDyke.

With four minutes remaining, Chemeketa held a 47-41 lead. They would then go on a 11-0 run to finish the game, winning 58-41 to advance past the first round. They will play Blue Mountain tomorrow at 8 p.m.

Chemeketa was led by 15 points from Kayla Cuellar and 17 rebounds from Lauren Codling.

Erika Locker and Cambie Edwards both had ten points for Whatcom.

MEN 8 pm SW Oregon 75 Whatcom 71 [stats]

 
 

Laker Marcus Monroe helped lead the comeback for SW Oregon and finished the game with a team high of 21 points.

For the second game in a row, the No. 1 seeded men's team went home empty handed. This time it was SW Oregon that was the victor as the ultimate underdog, beating top ranked Whatcom 75-71 in a game SW Oregon didn't even know they'd be in a week ago. SW Oregon ended the season tied with Linn-Benton for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Southern RegionA, and beat Linn-Benton in a tie-breaking play in game for a spot in the tournament.

SW Oregon trailed Whatcom early, falling behind by 5 before coming back to take a brief lead at 10-9. Whatcom then went on a 14-0 run to take a 24-10 lead on a Zach Stalin field goal. Whatcom pushed their lead to 15 with 7:30 left in the first half, and went into the locker room at halftime with a 42-30 lead.

Whatcom made it a 16 point lead on a jumper from Marcus Bagnerise, but SW Oregon battled back to make it an 8 point deficit. With 10:25 to play, Whatcom led 60-47. A steal and a bucket by SW Oregon's Marcus Monroe made it 60-49. Moments later, Riley Grandinetti drilled two three pointers in a row to cut Whatcom's advantage to just three at 60-57.

A three pointer by SW Oregon's Joseph Moquino completed the comeback. Cinderella team SW Oregon and heavyweight Whatcom were tied at 62 with seven minutes to play. From there on out, the game was an all out battle.

With 1:14 remaining, SW Oregon's Zach Sweeney gathered up a miss at the rim and put the shot back, giving his team a three point advantage at 74-71. Whatcom missed their three point attempt at the buzzer and left the court stunned.

Evan Coulter finished with 22 points and 14 rebounds for the Whatcom Orcas. Will Perry added 15 points and 11 rebounds.

Monroe's 21 points led SW Oregon to the win. Sweeny added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who will take on the winner of the Big Bend - Lower Columbia game tomorrow evening at 8 p.m.

WOMEN 8 pm Blue Mountain 72 Centralia 56 [stats]

 
 

Blue Mountain's Stephanie Lopez led all scorers with 27 points to lead the Timberwolves past West #1 seed Centralia 72-56.

Blue Mountain, playing in their first NWAACC tournament in school history, did the unthinkable, knocking off the No. 1 seed from the western region, defeating Centralia 72-56.

Blue Mountain showed that they weren't to be taken lightly, jumping out to a six point lead at 16-10 after nine minutes of play in the first half. Centralia came back to tie the game moments later on a pair of free throws from Sabra Sproul.

Blue Mountain rebuilt their lead to seven with just seven minutes remaining in the first half. Centralia came all the way back to tie the game and take lead the on a three point play by Sproul for a 33-32 edge at halftime.

The teams would trade buckets for the first few minutes of the second half, with Blue Mountain breaking a tie on a Zone Weaver field goal to lead 48-46. That bucket would be part of a 13-3 run to give Blue Mountain a ten point advantage with less than six minutes left to play in the game.

Blue Mountain continued to build their lead, eventually pushing it to 17 points on a pair of Sarah Rooming free throws with 21 seconds left in the game. Blue Mountain would go on to win 72-56, knocking off a number one seed in their first ever trip to the NWAACC championship tournament.

Centralia was led by 14 points from both Ali Campbell and Sara Sprout.

Stephanie Lopez had 27 points and 8 rebounds for Blue Mountain, who will advance to take on the winner of the Chemeketa - Whatcom game tomorrow at 8 p.m.

MEN 6 pm Yakima Valley 97 Clark 84 OT [stats]

 
 

Yakima Valley's Dabrail Henton led all scorers with 23 points in the Yaks 97-84 upset win over top-ranked Clark in overtime.

Coming into the game Saturday night, Clark College was the number one seed out of the west. Their opponents, Yakima Valley, was the number four seed from the east. At the end of the night, it was the underdog that walked off the court the victor, upsetting Clark 97-84 in overtime.

Clark and Yakima Valley were tied at 33 at the halftime break, Yakima Valley fighting to come back from as many as seven down.

five minutes remained in the second half, and Yakima Valley had posession. With the clock winding down, the ball was knocked loose, rolling out toward the half court line. Yak guard Dabrail Henton picked up the ball and heaved it towards the basket, hitting the three pointer at the shot clock buzzer to pull his team to within 66-63.

Minutes later, Henton hit another three pointer to tie the game up at 74 with 26 seconds left to play. Clark's Derek Owens hit a pair of free throws to give Clark a 76-74 lead with 12 seconds left.

It was do or die for Yakima Valley, who put the ball in the hands of Erik Martinez. Martinez drove into the paint and scored with 5 seconds left, sending the game into overtime.

Overtime would go all Yakima Valley's way, with Amir Royal hitting five of six free throws and Henton hitting all six. Yakima Valley pulled away in the last half of the overtime, completing the upset of 1st ranked Clark 97-84.

Austin Bragg played godzilla for Clark, scoring 20 points and pulling down 21 rebounds.

Yakima Valley had three players score at least 20 points, paced by Henton's 23. Yakima Valley will play Chemeketa tomorrow evening at 6 p.m.

WOMEN 6 pm Skagit Valley 94 Umpqua 74 [stats]

 
 

Skagit Valley's Sophia Baetz was one of two Cardinals two tally twenty plus points during Skagit's twenty point victory over Umpqua.

Three point shooting was the difference in this one, as Umpqua shot 1 for 17 from downtown while Skagit Valley hit 11 of 22 en route to a 94-74 victory to advance past the first round of the NWAACC championships.

Skagit Valley got of to a quick start jumping out to a 6-0 lead behind four points from Brittany Gray. Umpqua would retook the lead at 14-13 on a field goal from Kristen Swim. Skagit Valley regained the lead and pushed it to 12 on a Laken McClelland three pointer to lead 29-17 with six minutes to play in the first half.

Skagit Valley led 40-29 at halftime, and extended their lead to 13 on a pair of free throws by Sophia Baetz early in the second half. Several minutes later, Baetz made the lead 18 when she spotted up and hit a three pointer from the corner. Then with less than six minutes left in the game, Jessica Denmon connected on a three point play to make the lead 19. Baetz scored another bucket on a fast break to give Skagit Valley their largest lead at 24. Umpqua netted a few points in garbage time, but the end result was still a blowout loss for the Umpqua Riverhawks, who fell by a count of 94-64.

Umpqua was led by the 23 points and 10 rebounds of Deanna Tupai. Swim added 17 points and nine rebounds.

Grey torched the nets for 30 points and nine rebounds, followed by Baetz' 29 points on 5 of 8 shooting from downtown. Skagit Valley will next take on Walla Walla tomorrow at 6 p.m.

 

MEN 4 pm Spokane 76 S. Puget Sound 71 [stats]

 
 

Spokane's Preston Wynne filled the nets for a game high 37 points in the Sasquatches' 76-71 win over South Puget Sound.

Preston Wynne put up 37 points to help Spokane power past S. Puget Sound 76-71 in a game that came down to the final seconds.

S. Puget Sound took the initial lead of the game, with Lucky Lagerberg hitting from downtown for three points. Spokane tied the game at six, and then took the lead on a three pointer from Wynne. Minutes later, Wynne would hit back to back treys to put Spokane up 14-7 after five and a half minutes. Wynne was just getting started.

S. Puget Sound battled back to take the lead on a three pointer from Scotty Ewing, before surrendering it back to Spokane, who would lead by as many as six points before the half was over. At halftime, Spokane's advantage was 40-36.

It was in the second half that Wynne would make the highlight reel. At the 10:47 mark of the second half, Wynne spotted up and nailed a three pointer. The next time down the floor, Wynne hit another, and on the very next possession, another. Wynne's tear put Spokane up 11 at 64-53. Several minutes later, Wynne swished another three pointer to put Spokane back up 11 points at 70-59.

Over the next three minutes, S. Puget Sound went on an 11-2 run to cut the lead to just one with barely more than a minute remaining in the contest. Spokane hit a pair of free throws to nurse their lead back to 74-71, and it was S. Puget Sound's ball with 25 seconds left.

S. Puget Sound guard Deshawn Hayes' step back three pointer was way off the mark, and on the ensuing possession for Spokane, Nate Frisbie swished a pair of free throws to ice the game at 76-71.

Preston Wynne led Spokane with 37 points on 10 of 17 shooting from three point range. Wynne also pulled down 10 rebounds for Spokane, who will play Peninsula tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.

Anye Turner led S. Puget Sound with 31 points and 12 rebounds. Lagerberg contributed nine points and 12 rebounds

S. Puget Sound

WOMEN 4 pm Lane 88 Peninsula 71 [stats]

 
 

Lane's Kersey Wilcox pulls up for two of her game high 23 points in Lane 88-71 win over Peninsula.

Peninsula College, the fourth seed from the northern region, did their best to contend with the southern champion Lane Titans, but were eventually overwhelmed, falling 88-71 despite shooting 44 percent from the three point line for the game and making multiple runs at the lead.

Lane scored the first four points of the game never gave up the advantage. At the seven minute mark, Lane's lead had grown to eight points on a Reed Levings three pointer. Just a few minutes later, Peninsula nearly equalized, pulling to within one at 17-16 on a three pointer from Jasmine Yarde.

From there, Lane went on an 8-0 run to lead by nine at 28-17, but again Peninsula answered, using a 10-2 run of their own to pull within one point again with 3:40 remaining in the first half. Lane finished the half on a 15-2 run, racing out to lead 45-29 at halftime.

Peninsula slowly chipped at Lane's lead as the second half wore on, eventually cutting it to eight points on a field goal from Abigail Jones with just under 16 minutes to play in the second half. Lane pushed their lead back to 11 points on a pair of free throws from Kersey Wilcox.

With just three minutes left in the game, Lane stretched their lead to 17 on a three pointer from Kersey's twin sister, Jordan Wilcox. Peninsula cut the lead to 12, but let it slip back to 17 in the final seconds and lost 88-71.

Lane was led by the Wilcox twins Kersey and Jordan, who finished with 23 points and 18 points respectively. Kersey was 14 for 16 at the free throw line.

Jesse Allen and Abigail Jones both contributed 15 points for Peninsula.

Lane will play Yakima Valley tomorrow afternoon at 4 p.m.

MEN 2pm Mt. Hood 100 Shoreline 93 [stats]

 
 

Mt. Hood's Robby Rivers gets an easy layup during the Saints' 100-93 win over Shoreline.

Shoreline brought their high powered offense to the NWAACC tournament, facing Mt. Hood Community College in the first round of the championships. In the end, Mt. Hood held Shoreline 10 points under their average, winning 100-93 in the highest scoring contest of the day thus far.

Mt. Hood jumped out to a quick nine point lead in the first three minutes behind four points from southern region MVP Spencer Clayton. MHCC's Robby Rivers and Shoreline's Earlie Dixon traded back to back threes to cut the lead to six before Shoreline went on a 9-0 run to tie the score at 17 points apiece. Shoreline's Joe Bodman hit a field goal to again cut the lead to nine, but after that, Shoreline went cold.

Mt. Hood took advantage of SCC's dry spell, going on a 16-2 run to extend their lead to 21 points. Mt. Hood led 55-40 at halftime.

Shoreline started the second half on a good note, cutting the lead to 12 on a three point play by Bodman. Shoreline's momentum didn't last, as they soon found themselves down by 15 points with 17 minutes left in the second half.

With five and a half minutes remaining, Shoreline made another run, capped by a three pointer by Reuben Donaldson to cut the lead to four at 80-76. That would be the last time that Shoreline really had a shot, as they were soon trailing Mt. Hood by 14 points with three minutes left. Shoreline missed three treys in a row and gave up six points on free throws in the final seconds before losing 100-93 to Mt. Hood, who will face Tacoma tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m.

Clayton's 20 points led all scores for the game. Clayton finished with 20 points and a team high 11 rebounds.

Shoreline's Joe Bodman finished with 21 rebounds, a high so far for the tournament. Bodman also led Shoreline with 18 points in the game, followed by Avery Scharer who had 17 points and a game high 11 assists.

WOMEN 2pm Columbia Basin 75 Tacoma 63 [stats]

 
 

CBC's Jennifer Noon scored a game high 27 points including two off this layup.

Tacoma's brief two point lead at the 18 minute mark would be their last and only as they would fall behind by 13 in the first half and 17 in the second before losing to top ranked Columbia Basin 75-63 in a game that was closer than many expected.

Columbia Basin took the lead in commanding fashion, going on a 9-2 run to take a 13-6 lead on a jumper from Jennifer Noon. Tacoma cut the lead to four after five quick points from Claire Swayze, but Columbia Basin went on another 9-2 run to take a 13 point lead at 26-13 on a free throw from Noon.

Tacoma didn't give up there, but instead fought back, cutting the lead to five when Swayze scored two more of her team high 16 points with just under four minutes remaining in the half. Columbia Basin rebuilt their lead to 11 and led at the half by 10 at 36-26.

Columbia Basin and Tacoma traded buckets for the first three minutes of the second half before Tiffany Idler of Columbia Basin hit two buckets in a row followed by two more of Noon's game high 27 points. The three buckets for CBC pushed their lead to 14 at 44-30. A few minutes later, another bucket from Noon made Columbia Basin's lead 17 points with 13 minutes to go.

CBC's advantage would reach 17 three more times before the contest was over. Tacoma came within 11 on one occasion, but never posed much of a threat to Columbia Basin in the final minutes of the game.

Columbia Basin will play Clackamas tomorrow at 2 p.m. for a chance to advance to the NWAACC semi-finals.

MEN 12pm Chemeketa 94 Bellevue 84 [stats]

 
 

Chemeketa's Trevor Phillips drives for two over Bellevue's Andrew Squires during the Storm's 94-84 win over the Bulldogs.

Chemeketa got off to an extremely hot start en route to a hard-fought 94-84 victory over Bellevue College to move past the first round. The Storm jumped out of the gates, scoring the first eight points of the game. Chemeketa's Jordan Batey scored the first five points all on his own.

The game was far from over, as Bellevue went on a 10-2 run of their own to tie the game at ten points apiece after eight minutes of play. Chemeketa took the lead again on a field goal from Lucas Marcoe, but didn't hold on to it for long. Bellevue and Chemeketa kept the game extremely close over the next twelve minutes with 15 lead changes and four ties before the half was over. Chemeketa had the edge 37-36 after the first 20 minutes.

The close competition continued into the second half with four more ties and eight lead changes in the first nine minutes before either team would be able to mount a lead. Chemeketa finally began to take advantage with twelve minutes left when Calvin Molan hit a three pointer for the Storm to make the difference 57-53, only the second time since early in the first half that the lead had been more than three for either team.

Chemeketa pushed the lead to nine on a three pointer from Jacob Begin, but Bellevue answered with a 9-2 run of their own to bring the score to 70-69. Bellevue would take a brief lead on a Jonathan Humphrie three pointer, but would lose it seconds later when Chemeketa's Gavin Kauffman pulled down an offensive rebound and put the shot back up to give Chemeketa the edge.

Chemeketa would hold the lead for the final four minutes, using a 11-3 run to take an 84-75 lead. That advantage would balloon to 11 in the final seconds before Bellevue finally fell 94-84. Chemeketa was led by 15 points from Batey and 15 points and 10 boards from Trevor Phillips.

Jonathan Humphrie paced Bellevue with 35 points on 8 of 14 shooting from three point range.

WOMEN 12pm Walla Walla 61 Pierce College 46 [stats]

 
  Walla Walla's Sienna Edmunson at the free throw line against Pierce. Edmunson scored a game high 16 points.

Walla Walla overcame a bad shooting performance to out pace a short handed Pierce College, winning 61-46 in the first round of the NWAACC championships. Walla Walla's Sienna Edmunson and Leslie Stillar had 16 and 15 points respectively to lead Walla Walla to the victory.

Neither team could make much headway for the first ten minutes, with Walla Walla holding on to a slight edge after a pair of free throws by Pierce's Kawehi Hagi. From there, Walla Walla took control by way of a 14-4 run to go up 26-15 with just over two minutes left in the half.

Less than two minutes into the second half, Walla Walla extended their lead to 16 points at 34-18 on a field goal from Tai Jensen. Pierce slowly crept back and a few minutes later cut the deficit to nine points on a bucket from Unique Taufa`asau. It would be more than two minutes before Pierce would score again.

Walla Walla went on an 11-2 run to take a commanding 50-32 lead with ten minutes remaining in the game. Jenson had four rebounds and a pair of free throws and a field goal during the stretch.

Pierce's Taylor Riley blocked shots on two consecutive possessions during a which Pierce scored a flurry of points to pull back within 13 on a shot by Taufa`asau, but Walla Walla answered back, jumping back to a 17 point advantage before finishing Pierce off 61-46.

Taylor Riley led with 14 points for Pierce College, who had only three players on their bench. Taufa`asau and Zaileigh Williams both had 11 points. Walla Walla's Edmunson pulled down a game high 11 rebounds for the contest's only double double.

Walla Walla will face the winner of the Skagit Valley - Umpqua game tomorrow at 6 p.m.

WOMEN 10am Yakima Valley 80 Clark 70 [stats]

 
  Yakima's Simone Jordan drives two of her game high 28 points.

Yakima Valley Community College fought hard in their first round game against Clark College, having to come from eleven down in the first half to get the victory over the Clark Penguins 80-70, advancing to the second round of the NWAACC championships.

Clark made things interesting early, jumping out to a 11-6 lead and putting the defending champion Yaks on their heels. Yakima Valley’s Simone Jordan scored 11 of their first 13 points netting eight consecutive points before Samantha Zapien scored just past the ten minute mark.

Yakima Valley cut the deficit to 3 on a Jordan three pointer with eight minutes remaining in the half. Clark would rebuild their lead over the next four minutes, going on a 9-2 run to take back a ten point lead on a pair of free throws by Janae Davis. Clark would go into halftime leading 36-31.

Coming out of halftime, Clark scored the first few to bump the lead up to nine, but Yakima Valley quickly battled back, scoring the next eight points and eventually tying up the game at 41 points less than four minutes into the second half.

Two minutes later, Yakima Valley took the lead for the final time, pushing past Clark 46-43 on a basket and free throw from Jordan. The Yaks extended their lead to seven at 50-43 before Clark would score again with 10 minutes left in the second half.

Four quick points from Newcomb made Yakima Valley’s advantage 12 at 57-45. Clark fought to bring the deficit back to eight with just over three and a half minutes remaining, but fell behind by 14 and lost by ten. Yakima Valley’s 80-70 win puts them in the second round to take on the winner of the Lane CC - Peninsula CC game.

MEN 10am Peninsula College 74 Clackamas 65 [stats]

 
  Peninsula's DeShaun Freeman and Corey Clement put up strong defense against Clackamas shooter Andre Dickson.

Peninsula's J.T. Terrell and DeShaun Freeman combined for 39 points to defeat Clackamas 74-65 in the first round and will advance to take on the winner of the Spokane - S. Puget Sound game tomorrow afternoon.

The game was a close contest for the first few minutes with neither team seeing much advantage. Tied up at nine after four minutes of play, Peninsula went on an 11-2 run to get a 20-11 lead on a three pointer by Daniel Sims.

Clackamas used a flurry of points to cut the deficit to five points at 26-21 on three pointer by Taylor Dunn. Peninsula led 35-27 at halftime.

The second half brought more of the same for Peninsula, who maintained a steady lead throughout the second half. Clackamas found themselves down by 13, but climbed to within seven points on a field goal from point guard Jake Dewitt with 15 minutes left in the second half.

Leading rebounder Brett Ball fouled out with six minutes remaining and Peninsula's Sam Waller hit one of two from the free throw line to make it a double digit lead yet again at 59-59. The Cougars would cut the lead to eight on several occasions, but with less than two minutes remaining, Peninsula had pushed their lead to 15. Clackamas' Josh Lokeno hit a three pointer with seven seconds left to make the final score 74-65.

Clackamas was led by Dunn's 15 points and nine rebounds and Brett Ball's 13 points. Ball, who was sixth in rebounding coming into the game, was held to just two boards.

WOMEN 8am Clackamas 74 Bellevue 65 [stats]

 
  Clackamas' Jenny Johnson drives for two of her game high 27 points.

Clackamas Community College and Bellevue College matched up to start of the NWAACC women's basketball championships, tipping things off first thing in the morning. Clackamas came away with the 74-65 win, and will advance to the second round to take on the winner of the Columbia Basin - Tacoma game.

For the first several minutes, the two teams kept things close. After four minutes, Clackamas led 7-5 on a Jenny Johnson three-pointer before committing three consecutive turnovers, giving up their lead as they saw Bellevue score four in a row.

They continued to trade buckets, but eventually Bellevue found their stride and went on a 12-5 run to lead 28-21. That would be Bellevue's largest lead of the game, as Clackamas battled back, eventually tying the score at 32 with less than three minutes remaining in the first half. Clackamas led 37-35 at halftime behind Johnson's monster first half. Johnson put up 19 points in the first 20 minutes.

Clackamas scored first to start the second half, but Bellevue answered right back. Just over three minutes into the half, Clackamas' lead was still just two at 43-41. That's when Clackamas let loose their most potent weapon: the three point shot. Clackamas has led the league in three pointers made and attempted all season, and they showed why, hitting three treys in a row to lead 52-43.

Things seemed lost for Bellevue, who found themselves down 68-61 with just one minute remaining after Clackamas' Johnson hit a pair of free throws. Then Bellevue ran down the floor and netted a three pointer from guard Kelsey Sparks to get to within four. A steal and a made free throw by Brittany Barrington cut the deficit to just three at 68-65, but Clackamas hit six of six free throw attempts to ice the game 74-65.

Johnson led all scores for Clackamas, finishing with 27 points and five assists on 3 of 6 shooting from outside the arc. Ashleigh Anderson added 15 points for Clackamas.

Kelsy Sparks and TyShana Burgess both had 19 points for Bellevue. Burgess was the game's top rebounder with eight boards.

MEN 8am Tacoma 80 Walla Walla 73 [stats]

 
  Tacoma's Demetrius Smith shoots for two of his 14 points in TCC's 80-73v win over Walla Walla.

Walla Walla Community College gave Tacoma a big scare in the first round, climbing back from 19 points down to tie the game in the final minutes before Tacoma prevailed 80-73.

Tacoma got off to a red hot start, going up 4-0 and finding themselves with a 12-4 lead after six minutes of play. Tacoma continued to distance themselves, stretching their lead to 21-9 on a field goal from guard Mark McLaughlin. Minutes later, Tacoma would go on another run, scoring nine points in a row to take their largest lead of the game at 30-11 with seven minutes remaining in the half.

Then Walla Walla made it's run, slowing down the tempo and forcing Tacoma out of the paint. Walla Walla held Tacoma to just six points over the final seven minutes while scoring 12 of their own to make it 36-29 at halftime.

Walla Walla started the second half right where they left off, cutting the deficit to just two points at 43-41 on a three pointer from Mac Stannard. The teams would trade baskets for the next few minutes, with Walla Walla inching to within one point on a pair of occasions.

Tacoma rebuilt their lead to seven on a field goal from Nate Walker with ten minutes left to lead 59-52 before Walla Walla went on a 9-2 run to tie the game at 61 on a three point play by Stannard.

Tacoma responded by scoring the next ten in a row before Walla Walla answered back with a few points of their own to bring it to 75-70. With three and a half minutes remaining, McLaughin reentered the game with four fouls and fouled out less than a minute later, only to joined his teammate and second leading scorer Nate Walker who fouled out on the next possession.

In the end, Tacoma would hold on to their lead, eventually pulling away to get the 80-73 victory.

Both leading scorers for Tacoma fouled out before the game was finished. Walker hit for 23 points on 10 of 15 shooting and McLaughlin, the nation's leading scorer for two year colleges, came away with 16 points.

Walla Walla was led by the 21 points and nine rebounds from Dallen Bills, followed by 17 points from Dyllan Radliff.


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