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2010 NWAACC Basketball Championships Game Summaries: Saturday

10 p.m. Men: Whatcom 66, Pierce 59 box

Whatcom's Paul Jones tries to work the ball past Pierce's Brandon Thomas.

The back-and-forth battle saw the Whatcom Orcas (17-9) and the Pierce Pirates (17-10) locked into a tie at halftime. Whatcom grabbed the lead late in the second half  and held on to send the Pirates into the consolation bracket with a 66-59 victory.

Jason Brown led the Orcas with a 14 point performance and was assisted by Elon Langston and Paul Jones who combined for 15 more points. Jones controlled the boards for the Orcas with 13 rebounds.

Roberto Diver led the Pirate attack with 16 points and 12 rebounds while Brandon Thomas chipped in 10 more points and 9 rebounds.

Next opponent for Whatcom in their quest for the championship? The Yakima Valley Yaks, who they will face tomorrow at 8 p.m. Pierce will try again for a win in a consolation battle against Chemeketa at 10 p.m.

10 p.m. Women: Lane 51, Spokane 37 box

Lane's Sarah Brolsma Whitfield charges the basket against Spokane's Brooke Randall.

Spokane (16-10) kept defending NWAACC Champions, Lane (23-4), within reach with a halftime score of 27-21, but Lane pulled away in the second twenty minutes of the game to defeat Spokane 51-37.

Sarah Brolsma Whitfield headed the Lane attack with a game high 16 points while Lynette Minthorn ripped down 15 boards.

Korrie Bourn led the Sasquatch with 10 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

Lane will advance to play Skagit Valley Sunday at 8 p.m. while Spokane will return in the consolation bracket to take on Highline at 10 p.m.

8 p.m. Men: Yakima Valley 101, Chemeketa 86 box

Chemeketa's Tyrone Phillips attempts the block on Jordan Kidd's shot.  Philips had 29 points while Kidd tallied 34.

The Yakima Valley Yaks were never in trouble as they took on the Chemeketa Storm, winning 101-86 in the contest.

This high-scoring game had some high-scoring players. For the Yaks, it was Eastern Region All-Star Jordan Kidd with a searing 34, Willie Blodgett with 19 and Ryan Dornik with 15.

Leading the Storm were Southern Region All-Stars Tyrone Philips with an impressive 29 points and Greg McWilliams with 13, plus 12 boards.

Tonight’s 10 p.m. matchup between Pierce and Whatcom will determine Yakima Valley’s 8 p.m. contestant tomorrow. The loser of that game will play Chemeketa in the game following, at 10 p.m.


8 p.m. Women: Skagit Valley 65, Highline 62 2OT box

Keri Arendse works past the Highline defender. Arendse led the way in scoring for the Cardinals with 23 points.

It took two overtimes to do it, but the Northern Region top-ranked Skagit Valley Cardinals finally flew away from the Western Region fourth-ranked Highline Thunderbirds, winning 65-62 in double overtime after Highline threw their last shot at the basket out of bounds.

Leading the way for the victorious Cardinals were Northern Region All-Star Keri Arendse with 23 points and Brittany Ruscha with 12, plus 15 rebounds.

The determined Highline squad was driven by Western Region All-Stars Tera McCann-Soushek’s 11 points/12 rebounds and Ariassa Wilson’s 12 points/10 rebounds. Lauren Hill added another 12 points to the score.

Skagit Valley will play the victor of tonight’s 10 p.m. matchup between Spokane and Lane at 8 p.m. tomorrow. Highline will play the loser at 10 p.m. tomorrow.

6 p.m. Men: Green River 80, Shoreline 76 box

Brok Pendelton drives for two of his 18 points to help lead his Gators past Shoreline 80-76.

With a nail biting score of 80-76, the Shoreline Dolphins - Northern Region Champions - fell the fourth ranked Western Region Green River Gators in the first four seed/one seed upset of the day.

Chris Plooy scored a team high 29 points for the underdog Gators – 19 of which came before halftime – a team high nine rebounds. Teammate and Western Region All-Star Brok Pendelton contributed 18 points of his own and eight rebounds.

The Dolphins revealed their depth, with five players around 10 points. Northern Region All-Stars Sean Jones contributed 12 while Jesse Vaughan had 11. Roshawn West had 14, Spencer Wozeniak put in 11, and Alfred Miller-Soukasen added 9.

Both teams return to the court tomorrow. Green River will see Clackamas at 6 p.m. while Shoreline faces Spokane at 12 p.m. in the consolation matchup.

6 p.m. Women: Clackamas 95, Columbia Basin 68 box

Shayla Ball nails a three-pointer as Clackamas cruised past Columbia Basin 95-68.

Heading into halftime, the Clackamas Cougars enjoyed a 19 point lead over the Columbia Basin Hawks. As the game progressed, the Cougars never let go, eventually winning 95-68.

For the high scoring Cougars, Southern Region All-Stars Shayla Ball (21 points), Dayle Powell (14 points) and Southern Region MVP Rylee Peterson (16 points) saw additional help from McKenzie Meyer (15 points) and Melair Holterhoff (10 points).

Eastern Region All-Star Jorie Freeman led the losing Hawks with 20 points. Jacquie MacDonald brought 13 points, plus 12 boards, and Emma Newhouse added an additional 12 points.

Tomorrow, Clackamas will face Clark at 6 p.m., while Columbia Basin and Bellevue will be back on the court at 12 p.m.

4 p.m. Men: Tacoma 75, Peninsula 49 box

Darious Walker was big for the Titans with 20 points and 10 boards in their 75-49 win over Peninsula.

Heading into halftime, the Western Region Champion Tacoma Titans lead the Peninsula Pirates 2-to-1, and they never looked back, winning handedly, 75-49.

The versatile Titans had three players in the double digits, including Western Region All-Stars Chris Holmes with 14 and Darious Walker with 20 point and 10 rebounds. Anthony Enriquez added another 13 points to the scoreboard.

Bright spots for the Pirates included Northern Region All-Stars Jason Gamblin with 12 points and Ryan Rutherford with nine. Trevant Musgrow had 10 points and Jordan Collins pulled down 11 boards.

The Titans advance in the winner’s bracket, taking on Mt. Hood at 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Pirates will see Big Bend at 10 a.m. in the consolation.


4 p.m. Women: Yakima Valley 74, Mt. Hood 53 box

Anna Marchbanks goes up for two of her 30 points to lead the Yaks over the Saints.

Heading into halftime, the Yakima Valley Yaks and the Mt. Hood Saints were tied at 22. When the dust of the second half settled, the Yaks were victorious, leaving the Saints to wonder what happened to their first half run in a 74-53 loss.

Eastern Region All-Stars, Yaks Anna Marchbanks and Rosetta Adzasu had 30 and 17 points, respectively, with Marchbanks adding 18 boards.

Katie Smith was the high scoring Saint, with 14 points. Shawnelle Campbell had 10 and Southern Region All-Star Brooklyn Bahme had a team high 10 rebounds.

Yakima will continue their quest for the championship by facing off against Yakima at 4 p.m. tomorrow. In the consolation bracket, Mt. Hood will meet Lower Columbia at 10 a.m.

2 p.m. Men: Walla Walla 87, Linn-Benton 75 box

Jason Smith at the stripe collecting one of his game high 32 points.

The Warrior Nation had lots to cheer about, but remained calm as the number one seed in the East handily defeated the number four seed in the South, the Linn-Benton Roadrunners, 87-75.

Warrior Jason Smith was on fire, putting up 32 points, 30 of which were from beyond the three point line. The Eastern Region All-Star was supported by fellow all-star Emery Henning, who had 18.

Proving they have numerous players that can carry their weight, the Linn-Benton Roadrunners had three players in the triple digits. Taylor Roos lead the pack with 23, closely followed up by Southern Region All-Star Jordan Highland’s 22, and Xavier Watson added 19 of his own.

Walla Walla will play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Lower Columbia. Linn-Benton will return to the court for the first match up of the day at 8 a.m. on Sunday, against Bellevue.

2 p.m. Women: Centralia 60, Edmonds 57 box

Edmonds' Brittany Colebrook guards Centralia's Courtney May. May had 12 points in the win.

In a game that battled through to the final minutes, the Centralia Trailblazers emerged victorious against the Edmonds Tritons, winning 60-57.

For the victorious Trailblazers, Campbell brought 16 to the score, Courtney May added 12 and Autumn Greene had 11.

With only one sophomore on the team, the Tritons relied on freshman talent for most of their points. Sam Gulisao had 19 points while Abrianna Hill added 15 of her own. Ali

Centralia will see the Walla Walla Warriors on the court at 2 p.m. tomorrow. Edmonds will face off against Umpqua at 8 a.m.


12 p.m. Men: Clackamas 65, Spokane 55 box

Chehales Tapscott goes up for two of his game high 26 points.

The fourth-ranked Clackamas Cougars (22-5) fell into an early 10 point hole to the fifth-ranked Spokane Sasquatch (21-6) but rallied back to take a 31-22 half time lead.  Spokane tied it up mid-way through the second but couldn't contain the Cougar offense as Clackamas advances on a 65-55 win.

South MVP Chehales Tapscott had the game of his colligate career posting 26 points and 32 rebounds to go with a steal and blocked shot. Justin Steinke and Jeff Dorman combined for another 22 points.

Spokane was led by Chris Pynch's 17 points. East Region MVP Griffon Jones added another 14 points to go with his 11 rebounds.

Clackamas advances to take on the winner of the Shoreline vs. Green River match tomorrow at 6 p.m. while Spokane will take on the loser in the consolation bracket at 12 p.m.

12 p.m. Women: Clark 58, Bellevue 56 box

Clark's Renee Tzeo brings the ball up the court.

The Bellevue Bulldogs (19-8) led my as much as 10 points early on but the Clark Penguins (15-9) came back to take a 25-24 lead into the locker room at the half.  The second half remained close the rest of the way with Clark holding off several Bulldog attacks in the closing minutes to advance on a a 58-56 win.

Clark was led by Chawncy McClenan's 15 points and nine boards. Renee Tzeo and Tashia DeLaCruz both added 11 points apiece.

Alisha Love led the Bulldogs in scoring with 19 with Maddie Miller chipping in another 12.

Clark will advance in the winner's bracket to play the winner of Clackamas vs. Columbia Basin tomorrow at 6 p.m.  The loss drops Bellevue into the consolation bracket where they will face the loser of the Clackamas - Columbia basin game tomorrow at 12 p.m.

10 a.m. Men: Mt Hood 83, Big Bend 75 box

Jamar Johnson at the charity stripe for one of his 20 points.

The Mt. Hood Saints built to a comfortable lead with 10 minutes to play, but the Big Bend Vikings refused to settle, battling it back within five after a strong charge and set of three pointers. Mt. Hood answered the pressure, and climbed again to an 11 point lead. That didn’t stop the Vikings, who bought it back to a three point difference with just under a minute to play. However, they never got any closer and the Mt. Hood Saints defeated the Big Bend Vikings 83-75.

Southern Region All-Star Jamar Johnson and had 20 points and Garrett Strasburg contributed 18 points. Pushing the losing Vikings were Eastern Region All-Star Dominck Brumfield with 22 points and Alan Marsh who added 16 of his own.

The Mt. Hood Saints continue their quest for the championship tomorrow at 4 p.m. against today’s 4 p.m. winner of the Tacoma/Peninsula contest. The Big Bend Vikings will play at 10 a.m. against the loser of that matchup.

10 a.m. Women: Everett 73, Lower Columbia 60 box

Mary Ochiltree drives for two of her game high 23 points.

While the Red Devils outscored the Trojans in the second half, they couldn’t overcome Everett’s halftime lead of 16 points, falling 73-60.

Mary Ochiltree drove the Trojans to victory with 23 points, supported by Northern All-Stars Anna Work’s 19 points, and Ashley Housden’s double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds. Housden also contributed a team-high six assists.

For the Red Devils, Chardonnae Mortimer shot an impressive 100% from the field, going 8/8 and scoring a team-high 17 points. Mollee Schwegler added 15.

The Trojans advance in the winner’s bracket and will play the victor of today’s 4 p.m. matchup between Yakima Valley and Mt. Hood at 4 p.m. tomorrow. Lower Columbia will play the losing team at 10 a.m.

8 a.m. Men: Lower Columbia Red Devils 68, Bellevue Bulldogs 65 OT box

Conrad Ritchie fires for three of his fifteen points.

The first men’s game of the 2010 NWAACC Basketball Championships gave a hint of things to come as the third-ranked Lower Columbia Red Devils (22-3) defeated a battling Bellevue Bulldogs (18-8) squad 68-65 in overtime.

West Region MVP Marcus Bell ripped the nets for 24 points, 21 rebounds and 5 block shots while Conrad Ritchie added 15 more points for the Devils.

Cedric Clarington led the Bulldogs with 15 points and 14 boards in the loss.

Today’s 2 p.m. match up between Walla Walla and Linn Benton will determine tomorrow’s contests for Bellevue and Lower Columbia. The winner will see the Red Devils at 2 p.m., while the loser will play the Bulldogs at 8 a.m.



8 a.m. Women: Walla Walla Warriors 71, Umpqua Riverhawks 58 box

Kati Isham brings the ball upcourt against Umpqua.

The top-ranked Lady Warriors (25-1) were never in trouble today as they took on the sixth-ranked Umpqua Riverhawks (20-7) in the opening women’s game of the 2010 NWAACC Basketball Championships, winning 71-58.

East Region MVP Kati Isham led the Warriors with 19 points and 10 boards while team mate Kayla Hutcheson added another 17 points and 9 rebounds.

Jasmine Crayon came off the bench to lead the Riverhawks with 21 points.

The Warriors advance in the winner’s bracket and will play the best of today’s 2 p.m. match up between Edmonds and Centralia at 2 p.m. on Sunday. The Riverhawks will play the loser at 8 a.m. tomorrow.


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