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2010 NWAACC Basketball Championships Game Summaries: Tuesday

Brackets: Men | Women

Men's Championship
Clackamas 72, Lower Columbia 49

The Clackamas Cougars scored the game's opening bucket nearly four minutes into the contest then went on to stun the Lower Columbia Red Devils cruising to a 23 point win, 72-49.

Coming into the game, the two squads met in preseason tournament championship games with the Devils coming out victorious on both occasions.  The contest also marked a repeat of last season's championship game where the Cougars just edged the Devils a in an overtime thriller.

Both teams struggled with their shooting but Clackamas' 45% was 15% better than the Devils' 30%. The Cougars also dominated the paint, out rebounding the Devils 50-31.

Southern Region and NWAACC Tournament MVP Chehales Tapscott was blistering hot scoring 26 points to go with his 21 rebounds, 3 blocks and two steals. Tapscott was also the Tournament MVP last season. Jeff Dorman followed Tapscott's act with 15 points and 7 boards. Andre Dickson was the Cougars' top pickpocket with a game high four steals.

West Region MVP Marcus Bell led the Devils with 16 points, 15 boards and three blocks. Jeray Key and Clint Burgoyne combined on another 24 points.

The championship marks the third time in four years that coach Clif Wegner and Clackamas has walked away with the title. They end their season with an overall record of 25-5.

Lower Columbia end their 2009-10 campaign with a 25-4 record and their second consecutive 2nd place finish.  They also recently had back-to-back title runs in 2004 and 2005.

Chehales Tapscott, Clackamas (MVP)
Marcus Bell, Lower Columbia
Jordan Kid, Yakima Valley
Jeff Dorman, Clackamas
Jeray Key, Lower Columbia
Emery Henning, Walla Walla

Second Team
Chris Pynch, Spokane
Chris Holmes, Tacoma
Anthony Enriquez, Tacoma
E.J. Manley, Clackamas
Willie Blodgett, Yakima Valley

Tournament Most Inspirational - Justin Stores

Women's Championship
Walla Walla 75, Yakima Valley 72

The Walla Walla Warriors won their second NWAACC title 75-73 in front of a large noisy crowd full of Warrior and Yakima Valley fans. The first half was littered with lead changes and the two squads when into the locker room at the break with the scored knotted at 31 a piece. 

Walla Walla came out strong in the second half as Tournament MVP Katie Isham racked up 12 points the the first five minutes following the break. The Warriors mounted a 10 point lead before Yakima began a rally that got them back into the game with five minutes remaining.

The Yaks held the lead 72-70 with a minute remaining when Kayla Hutcheson sank a free throw to tie the contest for the seventh time. Jaimie Berghammer and Layne Tucker sealed the deal for the Warriors with a pair of trips to the charity stripe that netted four points and the win.

East Region MVP Kati Isham and Nancy Johnson both ripped the nets for 20 points. Isham also led the team in rebounds with 8 while Layne Tucker and Berghammer added another 7 boards a peice.

Anna Marchbanks led the scoring for the Yaks with 32 followed by Rosetta Adzasu's 22. Marchbanks was huge in the paint with her game high 14 boards and 3 steals.

Walla Walla ends their championship season with a 28-1 record while Yakima Valley is forced to settle for the runner-up trophy and a 24-6 record. Both squads had a share of the Eastern Region title to go along with their successful seasons.

Kati Isham, Walla Walla (MVP)
Anna Marchbanks, Yakima Valley
Rosetta Adzasu, Yakima Valley (Most Inspirational)
Nancy Johnson, Walla Walla
Nicole DeRosier, Yakima Valley
Rylee Peterson, Clackamas

Second Team
Shayla Ball, Clackamas
Sarah Brolsma Whitfield, Lane
Theresa Brown, Lane
Ali Campbell, Centralia
Mary Ochiltree, Everett

2pm Men's Third Place Match
Tacoma 81, Yakima Valley 79 OT

The Tacoma Titans and Yakima Valley Yaks battled back and forth for most of the first half before the Yaks established a a six point lead going into the break, 36-30.

The two squads endured seven lead changes in the second half before Tacoma secured the win in overtime off a field goal by Chris Holmes and a free throw by Royal Lexing.

Chris Holmes and Darious Walker led the Titans with 15 points while Lexing added another 14 more.  Holmes enjoyed a gmae high 13 rebounds a swatted away four Yak shots.

Jordan Kidd led the Yaks with 23 points, 4 assists and three steals. Terrell Evans was huge off the bench with 20 points and Jonathan Kirvin led the team in rebounds with 10.

Tacoma ends its season with third place harware and an overall record of 25-4.  Yakima Valley's season also comes to a close with a sixth placde finish and a 17-13 record.

2pm Women's Third Place Match
Clackamas 86, Lane 76

The Clackamas Cougars came into the game with a 1-2 season record against the Lane, but didn't seemed faze by the task as they soundly defeated the Titans 86-76.

The Cougars grabbed the lead a few minutes into the game and led by as much as twenty points in the second half.

Five players scored in double digits for Clackamas led by Southern Region MVP Rylee Peterson's 21. Dayle Powell, Miranda Martine, Shayla Ball and Johnnelle Kapua had 17, 15, 12, and 11 points respectively. Peterson also tied for a game high 12 rebounds.

Sarah Brolsma Whitfield paced the Lane attack with 16 points and 12 boards. Theresa Brown, Kristen Huff and Susan Smith also tallied double-digit scoring figures. Smith had a game high 10 assists and Brown also chipped in with 10 boards.

Clackamas ends it season with a third place trophy and an overall record of 24-5 while Lane ends its season with a sixth place finish and a 24-6 record.

12pm Men's Fourth Place Match
Walla Walla 71, Mt Hood 66

Walla Walla seized the lead early in the first half and went on to take down the Mt Hood Saints 71-66.

Walla Walla was paced by D.J. Wright's 21 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots.  Jason Smith (15) and Aaron Van de Graaf (10) also finished with double-digit scoring.

The Saints were led by Jeremy Jones' 13 points and 10 rebounds.  Dustin Jones and Garrett Strasburg chipped another 10 points a piece.

The Warriors completed their season with a fourth place trophy and an overall record of  22-6 while Mt Hood takes seventh place and compiled a 20-8 season record.

12pm Women's Fourth Place Match
Centralia 54, Everett 52

The fourth place match looked to be a run-away as the Centralia Trailblazers mounted a large lead and maintained it through much of the first half.  The Everett Trojans got a rally going just before the half and, after briefly taking the lead, went into the locker room down by just four, 27-23.

The second half was a close contest with several lead changes but Centralia's Molly Erven buried a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to pull out the two point win for the Trailblazers.

Ali Campbell provided much of the firepower for the Blazers with her 23 points and 8 boards. Autumn Greene also  had a strong showing with 10 points to go along with her 11 boards.

Everett had a balanced attack with four player scoring double digits led by Mary Ochiltree's 13 points. Karissa Tri and Brittany Pierce tallied 12 a piece while Ashley Housden had a team high 10 rebounds.

Centralia ends their season with fourth place trophy and an overall record of  26-4.  Everett closes out their 2009-10 campaign with a seventh place finish and an overall record of  18-11.

10am Men's Fifth Place Match
Spokane74, Bellevue 69

The men's fifth place match saw four lead changes in the first half with Spokane taking a 35-30 lead into the locker room at the break. Bellevue couldn't make up the five point deficit in the second half as Spokane went on the win the contest 74-69.

The Sasquatch had a quartet of double-digit scorers led by Danny Marshall's 19, Griffon Jones' 18 and Chris Pynch's 18. Marshall was a monster in the paint as he ripped down a game high 17 rebounds and Pynch directed the offense with seven assists.

Cedric Clarington and Matt Lapasin led the way for Bellevue.  Clarington had a game high 25 points to go with his 13 boards while Lapasin tallied another 17 points.

Spokane finished the season with a share of the Eastern Region title, a fifth place trophy and a 24-6 record.  Bellevue tops their season with a eighth place finish and a 20-9 record.

10am Women's Fifth Place Match
Spokane 65, Columbia Basin 60

Spokane built a large lead midway through the first half and took a ten point cushion into the locker room at the break, 32-22. Columbia Basin made a valiant attempt to get back into the game late, but ran out of time as the Sasquatch took the win in a 65-60 victory.

Meghan Eisenmann led the Sasquatch with 17 points followed by Brooke Randall's 13. Eleaya Schuerch controlled the paint for Spokane as she grabbed 8 boards..

Caitlin Dill, Anastasia Andrews and Brianna Smith each finished with double-digit scoring. Dill had a team high 14 points to go with her 12 rebounds.

Spokane finished the season with an an overall record of 19-10 and a fifth place trophy. The Hawks end the 2009-10 season with a 18-11 record and an eighth place finish.



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