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Tacoma wins 2012 Men's Basketball Championship

Tacoma 110 Chemeketa 98 - Championship [stats]
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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!

Game Photos will be available on Thursday.

All-Tournament Team
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

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