Weekend Tournament Recaps and All-Tournament Teams
PIERCE THANKSGIVING INVITATIONAL
LAKEWOOD— Annual Thanksgiving host Pierce set the table yet again for another quality Thanksgiving weekend tournament. Games featured multiple overtimes, high scoring and quality showings by surprise contenders.
Entering Sunday, the Bellevue Bulldogs, lead by new head coach Donald Brady, scrapped their way into the championship game with a double OT win over Linn-Benton 102-101. Coming through the other side with wins over host Pierce and Whatcom would be the Clackamas Cougars.
In spectacular fashion, Bellevue worked its way through a low scoring game to hold off Clackamas 77-74 lead by MVP Yonathon Michael who shot 10-17 from the field including 9 three pointers (tournament record) for 33 points and 6 rebounds. Clackamas was lead by the 21 points of Nygil Carr and Isaiah Gentry also had 10 points and 9 rebounds.
All Tournament Team
MVP - Yonathon Michael- Bellevue
Kason Blair - Columbia Basin
Nygil Carr- Clackamas
Tanner Clark- Whatcom
Taylor Jensen- Linn-Benton
Jaden Vollmen- Bellevue
RED DEVIL CLASSIC
LONGVIEW— The second of three hosts this weekend, Lower Columbia held their annual Red Devil Classic featuring several annual attendees of the event.
The first day was filled with scoring and 100-point performances by 3 different teams. Championship Sunday contained two names who have both previously won the tournament in past years- Spokane v. Everett. Spokane needed overtime to beat upstart Olympic on a last second put back by Isaiah Gotell 101-99.
Everett used a strong performance from Markeith Brown Jr. and a stingy defense to hand Lower Columbia their first loss of the year 80-65.
Down 8 in the first half, Spokane rallied to cut the deficit and come over the top of Everett to win 71-60. Spokane was lead by the 16 points and 9 rebounds of George Pilimai. Cameron Gay also chipped in 14 for the Sasquatch.
Everett fell victim to poor three-point shooting (3-21) after sinking 10 against Lower Columbia the night before. Gio Jackson lead the Trojans with 14 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds.
All Tournament Team
MVP - Isaiah Gotell, Spokane
Cameron Gay, Spokane
George Pilimai, Spokane
Gio Jackson, Everett
Conner Moffatt, Everett
Spencer Sweet, Lower Columbia
Sam Gagliardi, Olympic
Austin Curry, Centralia
Gamaun Boykin, Yakima Valley