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Men's Basketball Sweet Sixteen Recaps

WALLA WALLA 76, CHEMEKETA 57

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In the final game of the night, the Chemeketa Storm #3 seed from the south took on the #2 seed from the East, the Walla Walla Warriors. The Warriors defeated the Storm 76-57.
After a slow start by both teams the Warriors picked up their shooting to lead 39-28 at the half, as they shot 48% from the floor and 50% from beyond the three point line. Chemeketa had 10 second chance points, using 10 offensive rebounds to their advantage. In the first half, the Warriors were led by Damien Thacker and Jake Albright each with 11 points. Dalton Renne led the Storm with 7 points.

To start the second half, the Warriors gradually built their lead as the inside outside duo of Thacker and Albright began to take over the game. Thacker scored 24 of his 35 points in the second half to go along with his 9 rebounds. Albright had a double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Brennen McNabb had 13 points and Dalton Renne with 11 points.

The Warriors play Lower Columbia College tomorrow night at 7pm.

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LOWER COLUMBIA 96, EVERETT 94

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In game seven of the NWAC Men’s Basketball Sweet Sixteen bracket, the host team Everett Community College Trojans, the #1 seed in the north took on the #4 seed from the west, Lower Columbia College Red Devils. In an incredible game that saw 13 lead changes, multiple big shots, and overtime, the Red Devils shock the Everett Trojans 96-94 to move on to the Elite 8. The Trojans are the second number one seed to be bounced from the tournament.

At the first media timeout (13:00) both teams were tied 11-11. The Trojans spurred by three consecutive baskets and four baskets in five possessions built an early 15 point lead only to see the Red Devils go on a 10-0 to make the score 32-26. As the first half wound down, both teams traded baskets with the Trojans gradually pulling away to lead 46-34. The Trojan bench scored 19 points to the Red Devils 1.
First half leaders for the Trojans were Markeith Brown with 17 points and Jon Parker 10 points. Everett shot 51% from the field. The Red Devils were led Samaad Hector with 12 points on 6 for 8 shooting and 6 rebounds. The Red Devils shot 22% from the three-point arc and shot 28% from the foul line.

The second half saw the relentless Red Devils continue to make pushes and ultimately tie the game at 67-67. During their push, Lower Columbia was led by the stellar hustle play of Hector and Martis Johnson. After a technical foul on the Everett Assistant Coach, the Red Devils took the lead 69-67 at the 7-minute mark.

The last 6 minutes of the second half provided intense basketball as the two teams traded the lead multiple times. An old-fashioned 3 point play by the Trojans Elijah Seybold gave Everett a 3 point lead with 1:40 to go. At the 1:25 mark, Seth Hall hit a three pointer to give LCC an 85-83 lead. With 18 seconds left, the Trojans committed a foul sending Hall to the line where he made one free throw to give the Red Devils an 86-83 lead with 14 seconds left. The Trojans called time out and after getting a shot with 5 seconds to go, a Trojan offensive rebound led to Jon Parker magic, as he hit a three pointer with .3 seconds to tie it up and send the game to over-time.

In over-time the Red Devils took an early lead 3 point lead only to see the Trojans take the lead from them. LCC’s shooting star, Seth Hall hit a 3 point shot to give the Red Devils a 93-92 lead with 25 seconds remaining. After two missed Red Devil free throws, Trojan star Markeith Brown Jr. hit a lay up to give EVCC a 94-93 lead with 11 seconds. Red Devils Martis Johnson went the length of the floor to score a lay-up and was fouled on the play, hit his free throw to give the Red Devils a 96-94 lead with 5 seconds to and secure the victory.

Everett was led by the 28 points of Markieth Brown Jr, followed by Tori Odom with 20 points, and Jon Parker of the bench with 18. Magnus Jesperson contributed 13 rebounds. Red Devils were led by Seth Hall’s 33 points, Samaad Hector contributes 30 points and 21 rebounds, and Martis Johnson had 18 points with his last three providing the victory.

 

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WHATCOM 64, S. PUGET SOUND 58

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A wild west finish in the West Region bracket found Whatcom ahead of the South Puget Sound Clippers late. Despite both teams not converting a field goal for over 5 minutes in the end of the second half, Whatcom who got in the tournament on Sunday pulled a major upset defeating the Clippers 64-58. Dominick Oliveri lead the Orcas with 18 and 13 rebounds. Marcus Montag chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds.

A low scoring affair found both teams unable to score for most of the second half. Whatcom committed 20 turnovers but South Puget was only able to make a single 3 in the second half (1-17). Both Tyke Thompson and Hunter Sipe fouled out for the Clippers who found themselves left with Demonte Malloy whose game-high 24 points were not enough.

Whatcom finished the final 5:58 without a field goal but timely defense and rebounding allowed them to hold onto the lead. Isaac Reason nailed three free throws late to put it away for the Cinderella Orcas. They will move on tomorrow to face the Spokane Sasquatch in the Elite 8.

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SPOKANE 90 UMPQUA 77

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Hot shooting from JR Delgado helped the Community Colleges of Spokane defeat the Umpqua Community College River Hawks 90-77. Delgado finished the game with 21 total points. Spokane big men Asher Cox and Garrett White combined for 31 points. Sophomore guard Anthony Parker played a solid all-around game on his way to 10 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists for Spokane who never looked back.

Umpqua shot only 33% in the first-half allowing Spokane to build a 43-28 lead at half. Point Guard Connor Shaw could not find the back of the net going 0-7 for Umpqua in the half. White paced Spokane with 10 points inside to go with a couple of Delgado 3’s. Shaw scored all 20 of his points in the second half to press Spokane but Cox and Delgado answered repeatedly.

The lead was cut to 6 in the second half by a Tucker Peterson lay-in with an assist from Shaw. Spokane countered back by pushing it back to 15 points. Eric Klekas finished the night with 20 points for the River Hawks including 17 late in the half on 6-11 shooting from behind the arc.

Delgado netted 17 points in the half while Dedrick Pakootas converted 10-13 free throws in the contest to help the Sasquatch maintain control on their way to the 13-point upset.

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LANE 95, WENATCHEE VALLEY 87

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The NWAC’s leading scorer wasn’t enough to challenge the 1-seed Lane Titans. South MVP Tarik Cool lead the way for Lane scoring 15 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. Freshman Center Cody Mathis contributed 15 to go with a few showtime dunks. Wenatchee guard Malik Parsons struggled to get easy looks against Lane’s tenacious defense but still finished with an impressive 38 points on 60% shooting.

During a sluggish first half, both teams were having trouble finishing at the rim as seven minutes went by before a Lazjon Bonds 3-pointer got Lane to 12 points. Cool and Bonds helped ignite the Lane offense with a series of transition looks at the rim. Lane played unselfishly to a fault at times but was able to secure a 45-31 lead going into the half.

The second half was no kinder to Wenatchee than the first. Freshman Nick Hopkins battled hard inside for 16 points and 13 rebounds. Lane saw the lead grow to 23 before Wenatchee made their push to cut it to 9 with 2 minutes to go. The Knights drained several late game 3’s (Parsons with 4) to make it interesting but proved to be too little too late.

Lucas Wilson’s late game put-back jam helped seal the victory for Lane by a final score of 95-87. Despite early foul trouble, Wilson had 12 points and 8 rebounds. Lane will move on to face Green River in the Elite 8 tomorrow at 3 pm.

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GREEN RIVER 89, PENINSULA 66

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A trio of Gators finished with 20+ points as Green River defeated Peninsula 89-66. Alex Sommerfield finished with 24 points to with 9 rebounds while Sophomore guard Mitch Wetmore tallied 20 of his own on 8-14 shooting. West MVP Kevin Baker had a big first half with 22 points but failed to score in the second period. The Gators shot 57% from the field in the first half.

Peninsula rode the hot hand of Point Guard Davian Harris-Williams to an early 12-9 lead but the Gator length made it difficult to find easy looks at the rim. Lone sophomore returner James Buckley struggled to get it going offensively finishing 1-5 for the half as the Pirates found themselves down 48-32.

Wetmore and Sommerfield dominated the second half combining for 34 of the 41 points in the half. Samuel Kahapea responded with 15 points of his own on 3-5 shooting from deep but it was not enough. The Gators stretched the lead to 26 with just under 6 minutes remaining and would not look back.

Once the dust had cleared, Green River shot 56% from the floor including 11 of 27 from beyond the arc. Sommerfield was 5-12 while Baker made all 3 of his attempts. Green River improves to 20-10 on the year, meets the winner of Lane/Wenatchee Valley game.

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NORTH IDAHO 105, CLACKAMAS 68

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The Clackamas Cougars drew the short straw in the morning having to face defending champion North Idaho. After an impressive NWAC campaign, the Cardinals were eager to take it to anyone who stood in their way of a repeat.

Clackamas roared out to a hot 13-5 start behind a couple of early three point baskets. Adam Gehrig connected on 3 first half triples and two free throws for 11 points. However, foul trouble set in with Robert Ford and Clay Sullivan each committing 3 fouls in the first half.

North Idaho started to impose their will with RayQuan Evans and Nate Pryor getting into the paint for multiple layups. After a last second Philip Malatare bucket, North Idaho finished the half 51-31.

Second half faired much the same for Clackamas in the foul department. Despite his best efforts, Ford was called for his fifth foul (offensive) with 6:40 to go. Gehrig continued to shoot well from outside alongside Sullivan, combining to go 9 of 21.

In the blink of an eye, Pryor and crew turned an 18-point lead into a 39-point lead with 3 minutes to go. 64 of the 105 Cardinals points came inside the paint. Evans, Pryor and Anderson all combined for 63 of the final 105 points. The Cardinals shot 49% from the field lead by Pryor’s 24 points and 5 assists. Evans finished just shy of a Triple-Double with 20 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds while Anderson ended with a cool 20 points and 12 rebounds.

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CENTRALIA 73, EDMONDS 71

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The early morning tip featured a 2 v 3 matchup between the Edmonds Tritons and the Centralia Trailblazers. This was the fourth meeting of the season between the two teams. Edmonds entered the game fresh off a quality year in the North (19-10) while Centralia was able to claw to an impressive year in the West at 20-10.

Both teams struggled to get any consistent offense going in a physical first half. Multiple Edmonds drives were sent away at the rim by Blazer Forward Marqus Gilson who had 4 first half blocks. Despite Gilson’s presence inside, Edmonds was able to create offense off Centralia turnovers in the backcourt. Sophomore Drew Magaoay led all scorers with 10 points in the half.

On the other end, Centralia struggled to convert open looks from 3-point range on kick-outs from Gilson who seemed to have some trouble finishing early. Tyler Ashmore connected on 2 of the 3 makes for Centralia in the half to pull even at 30-30.

The Blazers came out hot in the second half pounding the ball inside to Gilson who converted easy looks at the rim to jump up to a 56-45 lead with 9 minutes to go. Edmonds would cut it to 6 behind Magaoay’s effort but Centralia continuously broke the press to pull away late with under 3 minutes to go. A last second buzzer beater by Sean Kirk was not enough. Final Score- Centralia 73; Edmonds 71.

Gilson finished with a gritty double-double netting 17 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocks. Freshman post Tyler Ashmore poured in 16 points including 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. For Edmonds, Magaoay finished with 23 points and 5 steals. Kirk added 13 points and 5 rebounds in the losing effort.

Centralia moves on to face the winner of the 10:00am game between #1 North Idaho and the South #4 Clackamas.


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