Men's Basketball Elite Eight Game Recaps
North Idaho 112, Everett 110 2OT stats
In the final matchup of the NWAC Elite 8, the #3 seed from the East Region, the Cardinals from North Idaho College took on the #1 seed from the North Region and #1 in the conference, the Everett Community College Trojans. This was the third time the played this year with each team winning the game on their home floor. In a classic “War on the Floor”, the North Idaho Cardinals defeated the Trojans in a double overtime thriller 112-110. Both teams scored more combined points in the two overtimes (78 points -10 minutes) than they did in the first half.
Both teams came out flying as the Cardinals went on a run to take a 20-14 lead at the 8:00 mark. Aushanti Potts-Woods 9 points (3-3 point baskets), led the charge as well as the Cardinals tough pressure defense. The Cardinals pushed the lead to 43-36 as the first half came to a close.
Both team played tough defense, but it was the Cardinals defense that held the Trojans to 25% shooing from the floor. The rebounding edge went to the Cardinals as well as they snared 25 in the first half.
The Cardinals increased the lead in the second half to 12 at 58-46. The Trojans responded with a 15-2 run to take the lead to 61-60 at the 4:54 mark. It was their first lead of the game. Cardinals RayQuan Evans hit a bucket to stop the run to put NIC up by 1.
The teams traded the lead multiple times during the last 3 minutes of play. Trojan Connor Moffatt hit a 3 point bucket at the 1;29 mark to put Everett up 67-65. Everett had the opportunity to put the game away but missed free throws and with 7 seconds left turned the ball over on the inbounds and the Cardinals scored to tie it up to go into overtime.
NIC hit their first 4 shots in the overtime to take a 7 point lead, but the Trojans hit big shots as the Cardinals returned the favor by missing two free throws. Gio Jackson took the ball to the hoop and scored the tying bucket with .3 left on the clock to send the game into double overtime.
The second overtime started just the like the first one with the Cardinals hitting their first two shots only to see the Trojans take the lead on basket by Gio Jackson at the 2:15 of the second overtime.
Again, RayQuan Evans hit two 3-pointers in a row to give the Cardinals a 104-101 lead with :56 seconds left in the 2nd overtime. The Trojans never got closer than three the rest of the way as the Cardinals finished off the Trojans 112-110 in double overtime.
In an incredible effort for the Cardinals, RayQuan Evans scored 47 points, 10 rebounds, and 5 assists. Aushanti Potts-Woods had 25 points on 9-13 shooting and the team shot 49.4% for the game. Tyler Brimhall contributed 14 points along with 12 rebounds, and Jalen Burkett chipped in with 12 points.
The Trojans were led by Gio Jackson who played all 50 minutes, scored 35 points, 11 rebounds, along with 4 assists. Connor Moffatt had 21 points, Cameron Plautz 20 points, and Markieth Brown Jr. finished with 14 points. Trojans were held to 40% shooting for the game.
The North Idaho College Cardinals move on to Final Four to play the Portland Community College Panthers at 4pm on Saturday 3/17, at the Walt Price Fitness Center.
Portland 93, Spokane 65 stats
Game #3 of the NWAC Elite 8 pitted the #1 seed from the South Region Portland Community College Panthers against the #2 seed from the East, the Community Colleges of Spokane Sasquatch for the third spot into next weekend’s NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament Final Four.
In a very entertaining and high intensity first half that had multiple lead changes, the Panthers extended the lead 43-29 at 4:07 causing the Sasquatch to call a timeout. The Panthers continued to push the pace and led 55-30 as the half came to a close.
In the first half, the Panthers were led by Lane Josi who came off the bench with 14 points, KJ Bosco and Gabe Garrett contributed 10 points each. The team shot 55% from the field and grabbed 24 rebounds.
The second half was much of the same as the Panthers’ momentum continued as they won going away. Outstanding performers for the Panthers were Garret, Cameron Retherford, and Josi as all three scored 16 points apiece. Josi also contributed 8 rebounds. The Panthers shot 49% for the game.
The Sasquatch had three players with double-digit scoring led by George Pilimai with 17 points while Cesar Sandoval pulled down 13 rebounds.
PCC moves on to next weekend’s Final 4 and await the winner of the North Idaho College and Everett Community College game.
Linn-Benton 84, Walla Walla 75 stats
Game 2 of the NWAC Elite 8 Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament matchup featured the #2 seed from the South Region, the Linn-Benton Community College Road Runners vs. the defending NWAC Men’s Champions and #1 seed from the East Region, the Walla Walla Community College Warriors.
The first 8 minutes saw each team score a total of just 10 points combined as both teams defensively made it is extremely difficult for the their opponent to get any type of offensive flow.
WWCC then went on an 8-0 run to take an 11-7 lead forcing the Road Runners to take a timeout.
Following the timeout, LBCC tied the score, but then the Warriors built 42-35 lead going into half time. It was a very physical first half with both teams defending the 3-point line well, as they shot a combined 25% from the 3-point line.
The second half saw the Road Runners chip away at the deficit to take the lead for the first time since five minutes into the first half. LBCC continued to defend and got out in transition and went on to outscore the Warriors 35-19 to take a 70-61 lead with 7:18 to go in the second half.
The Warriors never got closer than 4 points the rest of the way. Linn-Benton’s defense forced the Warriors into 19% shooting from the 3-point lined and 33% overall from the floor.
The Road Runners had 5 players in double figures lead by Trent Van Cleave and Bailey Evers with 17 points each, Cooper Getsfrid with 15 points and Taylor Jensen with 13 points. In the second half the RoadRunners shot 94.7% from the foul line converting 18-19 attempts.
Linn-Benton plays next week in the Final 4 of the NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament at 2pm vs. the Peninsula Pirates.
Peninsula 69, South Puget Sound 59 stats
In the opening game of the Elite 8 NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, the #1 seed from the West Region, South Puget Sound Community College Clippers faced the #2 seed from the North Region, the Peninsula Pirates.
Without West Region MVP AJ Hodges, who was injured in the tournament opener, the Clippers struggled offensively and were eliminated by a determined and aggressive Pirates squad by the score of 69-59.
A slow start in day two of the tournament plagued the Clippers as they scored only 23 points on 7-25 (28%) in the first half (31% for the game).
On the other hand, the Pirates, using dribble penetration and ball movement, found openings in the Clippers’ zone to take a 15 point lead into halftime at 38-23.
The Pirates also had a huge rebounding lead 26-14 with 8 of those coming on the offensive end.
To start the second half, the Clippers extended their defense to full court causing the Pirates to turn it over multiple times and force questionable shots, which led to a Clippers run of 25-11, cutting the lead to 49-48 at 9:50 of the second half.
But this would be the closest the Clippers would get. The Pirates settled down and continued to exploit the zone defense and shot 50% in the second half to pull away with the 69-59 victory.
The Pirates were led by Colby Jackson with 19 points and 7 assists, Trent Warren 16 points and 9 rebounds, and Eli’sha Sheppard with 11 points. The Clippers were led by Hunter Sipe with 22 points and John Moore with 13.
The Pirates will play in the 2pm game at next week’s NWAC Final Four Men’s Championship Tournament at the Walt Price Fitness Center against the winner of the Linn-Benton versus Walla Walla Elite 8 game.