Portland MBB defeats nationally ranked Snow College at Harold Williams Invitational
PORTLAND -- Portland Community College upset nationally ranked Snow College in the Championship of the Harold Williams Invitational.
Snow (Utah) entered the game as the #30 ranked junior college in the NJCAA Division 1 coaches’ poll. After a 38 point opening round win over Chemeketa Friday night, the Badgers looked like a team on a mission to win its second straight SWAC conference title.
Portland, eager to show that they can compete with the top schools in the country, came out full of energy and confidence. It didn't take Snow long to realize they were in for a tough game. The Panthers smothered leading scorer Jake Walker early, and despite leading most of the half, trailed by one point at the break.
The second half saw six lead changes as neither team could pull away. Trailing by two with nine seconds left, Snow went inside to Truman Moore who scored as time expired to send the game into overtime. The 6'9 Moore was very impressive, on his way to a game high 30 points.
In overtime the Panthers took charge, led by freshman point guard Brendan Ritschard, and MVP Zyshawn Holiman-Stickland, who finished with 23 points.
The Panthers are excited about the possibilities this season, as they play #10 ranked College of Southern Idaho, and #16 ranked Salt Lake C.C. in early December.
Chemeketa beat Skagit Valley in the opening game Saturday night. Freshman Mason Elliott had a game high 23 points.
All Tournament Team
Truman Moore - Snow
KJ Bosco - Portland
Mason Elliott - Chemeketa
Dakota Ayala - Skagit Valley
Gabe Garrett - Portland
MVP - Zyshawn Holiman-Stickland - Portland