Men's Basketball Sweet Sixteen Recaps
North Idaho 86, Lower Columbia 69 stats
Right from the start in the 10pm game , the #3 seed from the East Region, North Idaho Cardinals used their athleticism, speed, quickness and tenacious defense to defeat the #2 seed from the West Region, Lower Columbia Red Devils.
The Cardinals stifling defense held the Red Devils scoreless for 5:23 in the first half while racing out to a half-time lead 42-21 on 52.9% shooting.
Led by RayQuan Evans with 12 points and Tyler Brimhall with 10. The Cardinal out rebounded the Red Devils 22-14.
Sophomore Spencer Sweet led the Red Devils with 10 points. The team shot 28.6% from the field and turned the ball over 11 times while only making 8 baskets in the first half.
The second half was much the same until the Red Devils made a push and cutting the 25 point lead to 8 at the 2:36 mark trailing 73-67.
The North Idaho College Cardinals will play Everett Community College Trojans 8pm Sunday night in the Elite 8.
Everett 97, Chemeketa 93 stats
At the Walt Price gymnasium on the campus of Everett Community College, the top-ranked team in the NWAC, Everett Community College Trojans took on the #4 seed from the South, the Chemeketa Community College Storm in the 8pm matchup.
In an epic battle, the Trojans and Storm battled with the Trojans emerging victorious defeating the Storm 97-93.
In the first half, both teams traded leads numerous times with the biggest lead going to the Trojans 38-30 at the 3:01 mark.
Chemeketa then went on a 12-2 run to end the quarter to lead 42-40. The Storm was sparked by Jack Frazier with 11 points, and Bryson Gray with 9 points. Markieth Brown Jr. led the Everett Trojans with 16 points at the half.
Both squads played an outstanding second half as both teams exchanged pressure packed baskets with the Everett Trojans shooting 57% in the second half and the Storm shooting 51%.
Conner Moffatt led three Trojans in double figure scoring with 31 points, Markeith Brown had 23 points, as he and Moffatt combined on 10-18 from the 3 point line. Gio Jackson added 21 points and 9 assists.
The Storm had five players in double figures led by Jack Frazier with 25 points, Bryson Gray 16 points, Jason Richey with 12 points, Zac Schmerber and Eric McKinstry II with 11 points each.
The Trojans move to tomorrow’s Elite 8 at 8pm to play the winner of North Idaho versus Lower Columbia.
Portland 72, Bellevue 67 stats
The 6pm Sweet 16 showdown at the NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament was a barn burner! The #1 seed from the South Region Portland Community College Panthers, took on the #4 seed from the North, the Bellevue Bulldogs.
In a dramatic come back, the Panthers, after trailing by 17 with 13 minutes left in the 2nd half, went on a torrid run to win 72-67.
The Bulldogs who shot 48% in the first half built a 10 point lead 34-24 by holding the Panthers to 10 made shots and forcing 10 turnovers.
The Panthers came out early in the second half and cut the lead to 4 only to see Bellevue push the lead up to 17 points.
Around the 13 minute mark, the resilient Panthers mounted a charge that forced 13 second half turnovers by the Bulldogs.
Cameron Retherford led the Panthers in scoring with 18 points, followed by super sixth man, Terrell Hicks Jr. with 13 and Brendan Ritschard with 12.
The Bulldogs were led by Ting-Jhao Jian with 21 points and Yonathan Michael with 18 points.
The Panthers move on tomorrow to play the Community Colleges of Spokane in the Elite 8 at 6pm.
Spokane 97, Tacoma 77 stats
Last year’s runner up Tacoma came out ready to slug it out with Spokane. William Moore sunk a couple of early 3’s to help TCC hang with Spokane’s balanced inside-out attack.
Spokane’s Cesar Sandoval also wasted no time getting started hitting a few jump hooks to help build a 10 point lead going into the half.
Tacoma cut the Sasquatch lead down to 3 with 15 minutes to go with a spark off the bench from Tariq Romain who scored all 11 of his points in the second half.
Just when things looked dicey, Cameron Gay was able to settle the offense down and create easy looks for Sandoval and JR Delgado who netted 12 points in the half. Spokane eventually separated and never looked back cruising to a 97-77 win.
Gay finished with 11 points and 10 assists. Sandoval posted a double-double with 20 and 10. George Pilimai added 19 points and 9 rebounds. Tacoma was lead by the 17 points of Dayton Pascua as well as
15 from Stephon Shaw.
Spokane moves on to face the winner of Portland/Bellevue while Tacoma finished the season at 12-13.
Walla Walla 84, Centralia 80 stats
The typically hot-shooting attack of Walla Walla began the game cold, but Freshman forward Jake Albright was on fire making 7 of his first 8 shots.
Centralia was patient on offense and focused on challenging the smaller Warriors in the post. For the half, Centralia was able to get 26 of their 35 points in the paint.
Both Brandon Porter and Landon Radliff struggled to get going from the outside, only shooting 3 of 14 from deep. Marqus Gilson was able to get easy looks for Centralia on the interior where the Blazers shot 60%.
In the second half, Centralia was able to grind down Walla Walla to get a one point lead at the 9 minute mark led by Gilson, but the Damen Thacker and Radliff combo began to take over and stretch the lead back to 9.
Just when it seemed out of reach, the Blazers were able to create a couple of turnovers to get a final look to tie it with 3 seconds left, but a Tyler Meadows 3 fell short. Thacker would hit both ensuing free throws to seal it for the Warriors.
Radliff finished the game with 27 points 7 rebounds and 6 assists. Thacker posted 21 points and 6 rebounds of his own. Gilson scored a tournament high of 33 points to go with 13 rebounds, but it was not enough as the Trailblazers fell short of the upset 84-80.
Centralia finishes the season with an 11-20 record. Walla Walla moves on to face Linn-Benton in the Elite 8.
Linn-Benton 81, Edmonds 72 stats
Game 3 of the NWAC Men’s Basketball Tournament matched the Edmonds Community College Tritons against the Linn-Benton Community College Roadrunners.
Edmonds came into the tournament as the #3 seed from the North and Linn-Benton entered as the #2 seed from the South. In a very closely contested game, the Roadrunners defeated the Tritons 81-72.
The first half saw both teams attacking off the dribble while at the same time employing stout defense.
The lead never got larger than 5 points for either team as both teams were competing on every possession.
The Tritons led at the half 40-36 and were paced by Zach Walton with 11 points and Edmonds sported a 30-21 rebound edge. The Roadrunners were led by the 8 points of Cooper Getsfrid.
In the second half, the Tritons took a five point lead but the Roadrunners went on a tear and took a 65-59 lead at the 8:45 mark with stellar all around shooting.
Linn-Benton shored up their defensive rebounding forcing the Tritons into many one and done shots. As the pace of the game continued, the depth of the Roadrunners paid dividends as they outscored the Tritons and converted 18 EdCC turnovers into 27 points.
The Roadrunners were led by Trent Van Cleave with 17 points, Riley Davis 13 points, and Cooper Getsfrid with 10. In defeat, the Tritons were led by Zach Walton’s 24 points, Jake Higgins with 11 points and Loren LaCasse with 10.
The Roadrunners move on to the Elite 8 to play the winner of the game between the Walla Walla Community College Warriors and the Centralia College Trailblazers.
South Puget Sound 76, Yakima Valley 75 stats
In the 10:00am matchup, South Puget Sound defeated Yakima Valley by a score of 76-75. DeMonte Malloy led the Clippers with 21 points. Wes Reynolds grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his 12 points. For Yakima, Gamaun Boykin scored 19 points.
Yakima Valley used some hot shooting and good inside play to break South Puget Sound’s zone defense to make it out to a four point lead at half.
Early in the period, SPS teammates AJ Hodges and Reynolds collided while going after a long pass which left Hodges down and injured. He would have to leave the game and would not return. Reynolds however would continue on and lead the Clippers with 8 points and 7 rebounds in the half, while Kaleb Poquette knocked down a pair of 3’s for SPS to help stem the bleeding.
The Yaks' Boykin used his quickness and athleticism to get to the basket with 7 first half points and 5 rebounds.
A wild second half of lead changes and big shots by both teams came down to a 1-point game with a minute to go. Boykin would hit a go-ahead 3 to put Yakima up 1 with 40 seconds to go.
The Yaks were able to stop an SPS attack but Quentin Raynor could not find the mark on a 3 so with 6 seconds to go, Malloy drove to the lane and connected with a baby hook for the game winning bucket.
South Puget Sound moves on to face Peninsula in the Elite 8. In their previous meeting, the Pirates handed the Clippers a 79-66 defeat at the Clackamas Invitational.
Yakima Valley finishes the year at 19-11.
Peninsula 87, Clackamas 74 stats
In the opening round match up, Peninsula bested Clackamas 87-74. Marky Adams posted a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds. James Buckley added 16 off the bench.
For Clackamas, they were led by Nygil Carr’s 24 points. Isaiah Gentry added 14 points and 8 rebounds.
After Peninsula began the game with an 8-0 run charged by the 5 points of Trent Warren, Clackamas and Carr answered with an 8-0 run of their own. Carr finished the half with 13 points on 5-13 shooting. Colby Jackson poured in 11 points for Peninsula who controlled the half 39-35.
Early in the second half, Clackamas struggled to find an answer for the 6’10 Peninsula post Adams who roamed the paint freely, converting close looks at the rim and keeping possessions alive on the boards.
The Cougars could not find a rhythm on offense only shooting 40% and 5-20 from 3. James Buckley provided the spark for Peninsula off the bench with 14 second half points shooting 6 of 10 to finish with 16.
Jackson was able to control the tempo and fend off Clackamas guard Briggs Young in crunch time. Peninsula finished with 6 players in double figures led by Adams’ 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Peninsula will move on to face the winner of South Puget Sound vs. Yakima Valley in the Elite 8. Clackamas finishes the season at 17-13.