NWAC Men's Basketball Sweet Sixteen Game Recaps
LOWER COLUMBIA 81 SPOKANE 65 stats
The night cap saw the Longer Columbia Red Devils (21-8) #3 out of the West face the defending NWAC Champs and #2 out of the East, the Spokane Sasquatch (23-6).
The Sasquatch took a first half lead thanks to a 17 point first half performance by sophomore Garrett Hull on 5/7 shooting from behind the arc. Spokane also capitalized on 14 points off of 8 LC turnovers.
However the tides turned in the 2nd half, and the LC Offense began to find its rhythm. The Devils built a double digit lead by the 6 minute mark and held on the rest of the way for the victory.
Three LCC players finished in double digits, Keun Palu Thompson scored 16, Elijah Cotton-Welch added 12, and Devin Johnson finished with 13.
Lower Columbia will advance to face Mt. Hood tomorrow night at 8pm.
MT. HOOD 74 SHORELINE 71 stats
Tonight’s 8pm game featured the South #4 Mt. Hood Saints (15-11) and the Northern Region Champions, the Shoreline Dolphins (17-8). The game started out with a barrage of dunks from the Dolphins paired with a stout defense, but the Saints kept it close by committee, four players scoring 5 points and the halftime deficit was only 5.
The lead for Shoreline would hover around 5 -7 points for most of the 2nd half until the 7-minute mark when the Saints turned the corner and a Conor Geiger three would tie the game. The Saints would go on to build a narrow lead and hold that lead for the remainder of the game keep the Dolphins at bay.
Elijah Fuller lead the Saints with 20 points and Cody Thompson added 14. John Tibbs tallied 5 assists to go with 4 steals and 6 points.
The Dolphins were led by Dana Abe's 21 points and 7 boards while Jacob Perkins turned in a double double with 14 points and 14 boards. Anddrew Hawkins added another 18 points, 8 boards and 4 steals.
Mt Hood advances to the Elite 8 to play the winner of Lower Columbia vs. Spokane tomorrow's nightcap game at 8pm.
WHATCOM 84 CLARK 78 OT stats
The South Region Co-Champs, Clark College (17-9) took on the Whatcom Orcas (17-9) in the 6pm matchup.
Whatcom worked their way out to 13 point lead by the 12 minute mark. But from there it was a tag team effort from Clark’s Stephan Ammentorp and Ty Cleland scoring 14 and 13 points respectively to put the Penguins on top at the end of the half 41-40.
Whatcom was the aggressor in the second half building a 68-56 lead by the 10 minute mark with four Orcas in double figures. The Ammentorp and Cleland tandom continued to make shots for the Penguins drawing them back to as close as two with 3 minutes to go before Ammentorp picked up his fifth foul.
Down two with 14 seconds to go, Kaden Ogles hit a shot in the final seconds to send the game into overtime.
In Overtime it was all Whatcom and stars Leif Anderson and Daulton Lootens finished with a combined 38 points, enough to complete the upset 84-78.
Whatcom will move on to face Walla Walla tomorrow at 6pm.
WALLA WALLA 69 PIERCE 67 stats
The 4pm matchup featured the West #2 Pierce Raiders (23-6) and the East #3 Walla Walla Warriors (20-8). An early lead in the first half by Pierce was quickly overtaken by the Warriors thanks to an 11 point performance from Gabe Porter and a team FG% of 52% on 13/25 shooting.
Pierce did not go away even though starting forward and team leading scorer Hussayn Ford had to sit most of the first half with 2 fouls. The Raiders went into the half down 37-35.
The hot shooting of the Warriors continued in the second half, and built their lead to as many as nine points, but with two minutes to play a Makaleb McGinnis steal put the Raiders back on top 61-60 for their first lead since the early stages of the game.
From that point on there were two lead changes and two ties. With 17 seconds remaining A Michael Hannan three tied the game at 67.
The Warriors held their composure and Landon Radliff drove to the bucket, making a highly contested reverse layup to seal the victory 69-67.
Radliff lead all scorers and finished the game with 22 points, 2 assists, and 4 steals.
Walla Walla will advance to the elite 8 and will face the winner of the Clark versus Whatcom game.
SOUTH PUGET SOUND 78 BIG BEND 67 stats
Today’s game four matchup featured the Running Vikes from Big Bend Community College taking on the West #1 seed, South Puget Sound Clippers. Clippers jumped out to an early 9-2 lead as Big Bend did not score their first bucket until 15:00 of the first half.
In a very ragged first half filled with 23 fouls, 17 turnovers, and a combined 28.5% shooting, the Clippers took a 30-23 lead into the locker room.
At the 11:38 of the second half, the Vikings took their first lead of the game at 45-43, led by Jai Jai Ely, Jacob McCord and Zach Shepherd.
The second half saw much better play by both teams as the teams traded leads down the stretch. With 5:00 minutes to go, SPSCC guard Luke Chavez hit a 3-point basket to give the Clippers the lead for good.
Chavez led the Clippers in scoring as SPSCC had four players in double figures.
The Vikings were paced by Shepherd and Ely with 17 points a piece and Jacob McCord with 16 points.
The South Puget Sound Clippers move on to tomorrow’s Elite 8 to face the Umpqua Community College Riverhawks at 4pm.
UMPQUA 75 BELLEVUE 58 stats
Game #3 of today’ NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament saw the Bellevue College Bulldogs take on the Riverhawks from Umpqua Community College.
Bellevue jumped out to an early lead but Umpqua took a 15-point lead at the half as they were led by Grant Ellison with 12 points and Darrin Gethers with 10 points. The Bulldogs were able to cut the lead to nine a couple of times, but were never able to get any closer. The Riverhawks prevailed 75-58.
Leading scorers for the Riverhawks were Grant Ellison with 20 points on 7/11 shooting and Jacob Danhoff added 11 points with 12 rebounds. The Bulldogs were paced by Jordan Muir-Keung with 14 points and 8 rebounds, and Taylor Freeman and Trey Nelson with 12 points each.
Umpqua moves on to tomorrow’s Elite 8 at 4pm and will take on the winner of the South Puget Sound Big Bend game later today.
TACOMA 86 NORTH IDAHO 81 stats
David slayed Goliath in Game 2 of the NWAC Men’s Basketball Tournament. In of the biggest upsets in recent NWAC men’s basketball championship tournament history saw the Tacoma Titans (4th seed from the west region, take down the #1 ranked North Idaho College.
The opening tip saw the NIC Cardinals jump out to an eleven-point lead only to see the Titans battle back to take a 47-42 half-time lead.
Kahlil Thompson led the first half comeback with 17 first-half points with Kahliel Wyatt chipping in with 11 points.
Cardinals standout sophomore Zaequan Satterthwaite had 16 first-half points on 8 of 9 shooting.
The second half saw multiple lead changes with the Cardinals taking an 8-point lead late in the second half only to see the composed Titans take the game over in the last two minutes.
The Titans were led by Kahlil Thompson with 28 points and 4 assists, and Kahliel Wyatt with 22 points and 13 rebounds. Tacoma won the rebounding battle by a margin of 47-38, with 17 coming on the offensive end.
NIC was led by Satterthwaite with 28 points and 8 rebounds. Point guard Sam Dowd finished with 17 points and 9 assists.
The Titans move on to play the Peninsula Pirates in the Elite Eight, tomorrow at 2pm.
PENINSULA 70 PORTAND 62 stats
In the 8am game of day one, of the NWAC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament, the Peninsula Pirates, (North #2 Seed) took on Portland Community College Panthers, (South #3 Seed).
The Panthers opened up an early 10-point lead in the first half only to see the Pirates close the half on an 8-0 run. At half-time Portland led 30-28.
Pacing the Panthers in first half scoring was freshman Gabe Garrett with 8 points and sophomore Dario Papa-Vicente with 7 points.
Sparking the Pirates end of the half run, was freshman Jason McCullough with 8 points and sophomore Alex Baham with 6 points.
Picking up on their hot shooting at the end of the first half, the Pirates came out on a 10-3 run to start the second half to take their first lead of the game 38-33.
Portland regained the lead 52-51 at the 8:17 mark let by stellar second half offensive play of sophomore Alex McCowan.
The teams battled back and forth down the stretch with the lead changing multiple times. Tied 58-58 with three minutes to go, Peninsula forced the Panthers into some critical turnovers and forced shots.
Key 3 point baskets by freshmen Trent Warren and Cole Rebedeaux sealed the victory for the Pirates.
Pirates were led by Daniels 20 points, Baham 14 points, and McCullough with 11 points and 6 assists. Portland Panthers were led by McCowan’s 19 points and 5 assists. Garrett contributed 14 points, Cameron Retherford with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Peninsula College moves on to the Elite 8 and will play the winner of the North Idaho vs. Tacoma. Tomorrow’s game will be at 2pm.