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Championship Summaries - Day Two

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10 p.m. Women: Chemeketa 53, Peninsula 51 [stats]

Irma Savoy shoots for two of her 16 points in the game against Peninsula. Savoy also collected a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Storm got just enough to outlast Peninsula, sinking the Pirates in the late game on Sunday evening in a nail-biter and winning 53-51 to knock Peninsula from the tournament and stay alive in the fight for 7th place overall.

Peninsula hed a slight edge at 30-28 at the break, but a flurry of points from Chemeketa quickly erased the deficit and had the Storm up by six points midway through the period. The Pirates made a run in the final two minutes to but the pressure on Chemeketa, but the Storm had the last laugh, and will play Bellevue on Monday at noon.

Chemeketa was led by 17 points from Taylor Munson and by Irma Savoy, who finished with 16 points and 10 boards.

Gabi Fenumaiai led the Pirates with 16 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

10 p.m. Men: Big Bend 84, Lower Columbia 69 [stats]

Donavin Wright swoops in for a layup during the second half of the Vikings victory.

Big Bend got solid contributions from Victor Aguero and Brendan Westendorf, who each scored 21 points, to beat Lower Columbia 84-69 and knock the Red Devils from the tournament.

The Runnin' Viks will play Chemeketa on Monday at noon with the chance to move into position to fight for seventh place overall.

For the first ten minutes of the intitial period, Lower Columbia was able to hang tough, exchanging blows with Big Bend and holding a slim - and brief - lead at 18-14 with 9:33 remaining in the half. That's when the Red Devils went from red hot to stone cold, going scoreless and watching their four-point lead turn into a nine-point deficit.

With just over five minutes to play in the first half, the Vikings had jumped on top by 14 points free throw from Kevin Walker, who finished the game in double figures with 11 points. The Vikings lead was 40-29 at the break, and though Lower Columbia was able to cut it to seven after three minutes of play in the second period, Big Bend pushed it back out to 15, eventually winning by that margin at 84-69.

Cameron Howell led Lower Columbia with 13 points.

8 p.m. Women: Bellevue 65, Highline 63 [stats]

The Bellevue bench celebrates Alexis Berrysmith's buzzer beater.

Alexis Berrysmith might have only scored eight points for the Bulldogs the entire game, but no two points were as big as her last. Bellevue had battled back from a double-digit defecit in the first half to take a lead headed down the stretch, but with the clock winding down, they found themselves tied at 63.

Bellevue inbounded the ball with 18 seconds remaining, and after burning as much clock as possible, moved into action. The Bulldogs' first choice, a layup from Airashay Rodgers, rolled off the rim, but into the waiting hands of Berrysmith, who lobbed the ball back toward the net and waited with baited breath for it to drop.

And drop it did, sending the sparse Bellevue crowd into a frenzy and bringing the rest of the Bulldog squad on to the court to surround Berrysmith in celebration.

Tayler Flemming had 18 points to lead Bellevue, who will face the winner of the Chemeketa-Peninsula game on Monday at noon.

8 p.m. Men: Chemeketa 86, Columbia Basin 83 [stats]

Chemeketa's Dominique Lawrence drives past Columbia Basin's Andrew Reddout.

The defending champions got all they could handle from Columbia Basin, watching their double diget lead slip away but doing just enough to hold on and knock the Hawks from the tournament with an 86-83 victory on Sunday evening.

Up by as many as 11 in the waning moments of the first half, Chemeketa sat and watched as their advantage evaporated before their eyes. The Hawks got the first two buckets of the second half, a two pointer from Mitchell Zapien and a three from Justin Smith, and cut the lead to four points. Less than three minutes in, the Hawks had taken their first lead on another three pointer from Zaipan.

The Hawks went on a big run, building a lead as high as eight points before Chemeketa responded with a rally of their own. Bryce White tied the game and then took the lead for the Storm with a pair from the line, and for a few minutes, it looked as though the Storm might pull away at the end for a comfortable victory, extending their lead to seven with a little more than two and a half minutes remaining.

Columbia Basin, though, still had a little gas left in the tank. A quick bucket and a solid defensive possession set up a huge three pointer from Smith, tying the game at 83 with 50 seconds left.

The Storm inbounded the ball and found Adam Westfall in the corner, where he connected from distance to give Chemeketa the go-ahead bucket. Both of Justin Smith's three-point attempts were off in the final seconds, and the Storm escaped with a victory to remain alive.

It was a performance from White that may earn him an all-tournament bid against the Hawks, going for 40 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Dominique Lawrence had 16 points and 12 rebounds for Chemeketa, who will move on to play the winner of the Lower Columbia-Big Bend game on Monday at noon.

 

6 p.m. Women: Columbia Basin 74, Lower Columbia 57 [stats]

Lindsay Oswaldt shoots for two of her team-high 17 points during the Hawks' dominant win over Lower Columbia.

In their race to return to the NWAACC finals, the Columbia Basin Hawks left little doubt of how was the better program in their quarterfinal game against Lower Columbia, building a bit early lead and running the Lady Devils out of the building by a score of 74-57.

The Hawks will play in Monday's semifinal game against Lane at 8 p.m., a match up of the last two NWAACC champions.

Lane should prove to be far more difficult a challenge than Lower Columbia, who finished second in the Western Region and will play Spokane on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Red Devils slowly and steadily fell behind as the first half wore on, trailing the Hawks by 12 with 12:48 remaining in the first half. Lower Columbia cut it to 10 points on a number of occasions, but a lightning-quick 10-0 run late in the first period put the Hawks up by 21, and by 23 points before halftime.

The second half saw several small scoring flurries from Lower Columbia, but nothing to threaten the Hawks' dominant edge. The Red Devils got no closer than 16 points over the final 20 minutes, eventually falling by 17, at 74-57.

Lindsay Oswalt led Columbia Basin with 17 points, including 5/6 from the charity stripe. She also had three assists and three steals in the win for the Hawks.

Lower Columbia was led in scoring by Donniesha Webber, who netted 15 points and nabbed a team-high seven rebounds.

6 p.m. Men: Portland 77, Bellevue 76 [stats]

Josh Turner fights for two of his game-high 27 points as Portland advanced to the semifinals, stretching the Panthers' all-time tournament record to 2-0.

This spring, the Portland men's basketball program qualified for the post-season tournament for the first time in program history. Now, with a 77-76 come from behind victory over Bellevue, they'll be playing in the semifinals on Monday evening at 8 p.m. against Skagit Valley.

After the first few minutes, the outlook wasn't pretty. The Panthers couldn't seem to find the bottom of the net and couldn't begin to slow Bellevue on the defensive end of the court. 11 minutes in to the contest, the scoreboard, which read 29-6 in favor of Bellevue, spelled the end of Portland's magical season: a nasty loss to an experienced and hungry squad.

The thing is, that didn't happen.

Portland slowly got to work, cutting the lead downto 19 points with seven minutes remaining in the half. With four and half minutes left, they were only down 13 and growing in confidence. They withstood a run from Bellevue late in the period, and trailed by just 12 at halftime.

Just as they had in the latter stages of the first half, Bellevue went on a run to push their lead back out to 16 points early in the second. Portland began making inroads, but it was slow going, and the Panthers continued to trail by double digets entering the final ten minutes of the contest. Then it was eight points. Then it was four, and after Bellevue had stretched it to seven, Portland wen on to score the next eight, capped by a bucket from CJ Easterling with little more than five minutes left in regulation.

Now, unbelievably, the score read Portland 68-67 and the Panthers were absolutely brimming with confidence.

The Bulldogs put together a run, capped by a bucket from AJ Holloway to put Bellevue in the lead 74-70 with less than two minutes to go, but the Panthers responded to put the season back into their own hands, trailing 76-75 with six seconds remaining. Warren Edmondson sunk the go-ahead bucket to put Portland on top 77-76, keeping the Panther's historical playoff run alive for one more night.

Turner  led all scorers, filling the stat sheet with 27 points, 12 boards, four steals and three assists. Easterling contributed 22 points for Portland, who will take on Skagit Valley on Monday evening at 4 p.m., hoping to extend their first-ever postseason experience to the NWAACC final.

4 p.m. Women: Lane 71, Spokane 45 [stats]

Erica Cogburn drives late in the blowout of Spokane.

Lane got another massive game from standout Shelby Snook, who went for 30 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and a steal in the Titans' 71-45 defeat of Spokane to reach the NWAACC semifinals a year after taking home the 2013 womens' championship trophy.

The blowout came in spite of the fact that Lane only shot 38.7 percent from the field, and got nine points from their bench. The secret formula? Outboard your opponent 61-37, and take away chances for Spokane to score on the offensive glass.

A tough shooting night from Spokane certainly helped the Titans' rebounding numbers, as Lane forced the Sasquatch to just 23.9 percent shooting from the field, and 4/34 from three-point range.

Backing up Snook on the offensive end of the court was freshman guard Niki Duncan, who netted 17 points on 4 of 7 shooting from downtown. Marikah Write collected 13 rebounds for Lane, who will play the winner of the late quarterfinal between Columbia Basin and Lower Columbia. The semifinal, which will be the second of the night on the women's court, will tip at 8 p.m.

Lower Columbia, who got 17 points, 16 rebounds and three steals from sophomore Morgan Freeman, will play the loser of the Columbia Basin-Lower Columbia game at 4 p.m. on Monday afternoon, with the winner advancing to the 4/5th place game.

4 p.m. Men: Skagit Valley 75, Clark 73 [stats]

Dustin Watts (10) tied for team-high honors in rebounding as the Cardinals took down top-ranked Clark.

The Clark Penguins' 23-game winning streak is no more, snapped by the unlikely Skagit Valley Cardinals in the quarterfinals of the NWAACC championships. Not only did Clark come in to the contest having won all but one game during the regular season, they also finished with every vote in the final coaches poll. They were the best defensive team in the league, and had one of the biggest average margins of victory.

Now, they'll have to stave off a let down in a battle for fifth place after falling 75-72 to the Cardinals come from as many as ten points down to tie in the second half and take a lead in the final seconds.

In the first few minutes of the initial period, the Penguins made a living off of the efforts of one Collin Spickerman, who led all scores with 21 points and put Clark up by eight midway through the first on a three-point play. Spickerman hit once again to push their advantage to double digets with 6:28 left in the first half, but Skagit Valley kept chipping away, cutting the lead to five, but trailing by eight at the break.

The beginning of the second half had Clark sweating. The Cardinals pulled to within a pair on a trey from Vince Payne after just two minutes of play, and just after the 16-minute mark, Greg Cox completed the Skagit Valley comeback with a field goal to tie the game at 51 all. A few seconds later, Olajuwon Diggs was able to come away with a steal and a layup at the other end, giving the Cardinals their first lead of the contest.

Midway though the second half, it appeared as though Clark had regained some of their confidence. A few buckets in a row put the Penguins up by six, but a pair of Cardinal three pointers and a few successful trips to the line gave Skagit the advantage once again.

With under a minute to play, the Penguins picked up perhaps their biggest play of the game. Spickerman collected the ball and rumbled toward the hoop, picking up a foul and hitting both offers at the charity stripe.

Then, disaster. The Cardinals rushed the ball down the floor and into the hands of Cox, who drained a near-side three-pointer in front of his own bench to give the underdogs a 72-71 lead with 40 seconds left. That shot turned out to be the dagger, as the Penguins weren't able to get misses from Elijah Smith, who was perfect from the free throw line down the final stretch.

Along with his game-high 21 points, Spickerman also added 11 boards for the Penguins, who will drop into the race for fifth place with a 4 p.m. game against the loser of the Portland-Bellevue game.

Skagit Valley was led by the 17 points and three assists of Cox, who will look to will his Cardinals to the finals on Monday evening at 8 p.m.

 

2 p.m. Women: Umpqua 81, Walla Walla 72 [stats]

Ashlie Payne scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Umpqua in the win.

With the exception of a few scuffles in the middle, Umpqua controlled their quarterfinal game with Walla Walla nearly from start to finish, leading for much of both quarters and pulling away to move past the Warriors and into the quarterfinals on Monday evening.

It was a typical game from the Riverhawks: balanced scoring, excellent rebounding and solid accuracy from three-point range. Umpqua scored the first six points of the contest, and though Walla Walla rallied back to take a few slim leads of their own, the Riverhawks found themselves leading by six once again at 26-20 with 6:17 remaining in the first half.

Walla Walla answered once again, tying the game on a pair of free throws from Jessica Siler with just over a minute to play. The Riverhawks got a bucket from Kayla Bice, but Siler scored with just 16 seconds on the clock to tie things up at the break.

The Warriors tied the game again at 35 early in the second period, but seconds later, Umpqua's Romanalyn Incencio nailed a three pointer to break the stalemate, and the Riverhawks never looked back. A 13-2 run midway through the second half put Umpqua up by 12, and though Walla Walla fought to within four points with 4:24 to play, they couldn't get any closer and fell by nine, dropping into the battle for fifth place.

Guard Kyndal Charleston led the Riverhawks with 21 points on 5/10 shooting from downtown. Ashli Payne had 11 points and 10 boards for the lone double-double from Umpqua, who will face Blue Mountain on Monday evening at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Siler led the Warriors on both ends of the floor, netting a game-high 23 points, to go along with 10 rebounds, two steals and an assist. Walla Walla will play Clark on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. in a battle for fifth place.

2 p.m. Men: Highline 65, Spokane 63 [stats]

Highline Sophomore Joseph Stroud is fouled on his way to the basket.

It would have been easy, when down 14 points midway through the first period, for the Thunderbirds to throw in the towel. They'd scored only 12 points through the first 11 minutes of play, and didn't seem to have an answer for a freeflowing and diverse Spokane offense.

14 points, as it happened, wasn't anything serious. The Thunderbirds were able to rally in the latter stages of the first half to catch Spokane with less than two minutes remaining in the period, finally pulling ahead 33-32 on a field goal from Joseph Stroud.

Highline picked up in the second half exactly where they'd left off before the break, building a six-point lead in the first three minutes before Spokane rallied back to tie the score at 39 on a three pointer from Chase Haack. That would be the last tie for the Sasquatch, who watched as they fell into a seven-point hole and failed to get over the hump and take a lead, though they fought to within a point on a number of occasions in the final minutes.

Stroud won the game almost single handed down the stretch, scoring Highline's final six points, nabbing a steal and swatting away a Spokane shot attempt with just over a minute to play. Stroud finished the game with 19 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Thunderbirds, who will play on Monday at 6 p.m. in the semifinals.

Spokane got a big performance from Kwinn Hansen, who ended the afternoon with a team-high 18 points. The Sasquatch will play on Monday afternoon at 2 p.m. against Edmonds.

12 noon Women: Blue Mountain 74, Clark 72 [stats]

Marshay Moore rises for two of her game-high 33 points.

Coming in to the women's quarterfinal game on Sunday, the Second-ranked Clark Penguins had won seven in a row, and were fresh off a massive victory. Now, thanks to a massive 74-72 upset at the hands of Blue Mountain, Clark can finish no better than fifth.

The Timberwolves would have been helpless without standout guard MarShay Moore, who scored a tournament-high 33 points to will the Wolves to victory, accounting for nearly half of Blue Mountain's points.

In the early going, though Moore was silent, and Clark dominated on both ends of the floor, opening up an 11-point lead after just five minutes in the first period. The Wolves rallied, but Clark was able to hold on and retained a 10-point lead midway through the initial half.

It was in those last ten minutes that Blue Mountain made their move. A strong push capped by a pair of free throws from Lexi Chung eventually tied the game at 39 with seven seconds left in the first half. Moore stole the inbounds pass and connected on a three-point play to put the unlikely Timberwolves up by three at halftime.

The troubles deepened for the Penguins in the second half. Moore nailed a three pointer with 15 minutes remaining in the contest to put Blue Mountain up by 14 points. With just over nine minutes to play, the Timberwolves were up by 15, and at that point, it looked like Clark's magical season might be finished.

That's when Blue Mountain went ice cold. Aside from a three-point play by Moore, the Timberwolves went scoreless until Moore finally connected with less than 90 seconds to play. In that time, the Penquins had gone on a furious rally, coming all the way back to trail 72-70 after Shantell Jackson connected on a three-pointer with 1:12 remaining in regulation. Seconds later, Nicolette Bond got a kind roll, and everything was knotted up at 72.

With just 25 seconds remaining, it was do-or-die for Blue Mountain, and guard Jade Glutzman delivered, hitting the game-winning bucket with three seconds left to send Blue Mountain into the semifinals.

 

12 noon Men: Pierce 85, Edmonds 63 [stats]

Sophomore Isaac Barsh takes a flying leap to score. Barsh finished with 13 points in the win.

The points battle between Pierce point guard Gary Jacobs and Edmonds' 7-footer Payton Pervier might have turned out to be a highlight of the Sunday winners-bracket schedule, with one exception: there wasn't much support on the Tritons' side of things. Jacobs and Pervier combined for 50 points during the teams' battle in the noon time slot, but Jacobs got all the help he needed to knock off Edmonds 85-63 and advance to the NWAACC semifinals.

The first half was back and fourth, with each team nabbing the advantage to the tune of 16 lead changes and 12 tires in the period, with Pierce holding a six-point lead heading into the halftime break.

After halftime, it was all Pierce. The first eight of the half belonged to the Raiders, stretching their run out to 14 consecutive points. They jumped out on top by 13 after five minutes of play on a three pointer from Jacobs and pushed their advantage to 25 on a fast break bucket from sophomore Isaiah Barsh. The Tritons could get no closer than 18 the rest of the way, eventually falling by 22 and dropping into the losers bracket.

Along with Jacobs' game-high 26 points, the Raiders got big performances from Devin Matthews, who had 13 assists, and Paul Loranger, who ended with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Pierce will face the winner of the Highline-Spokane game on Monday evening at 6 p.m.

Pervier recorded the highest rebound total of the tournament so far, nabbing 20 boards to go along with his team-high 24 points. Edmonds drops to the losers bracket, and can finish as high as fifth if they win the remainder of their games, beginning with their next match up at 2 p.m. on Monday afternoon.


10 a.m. Men: Whatcom 61, Clackamas 60 [stats]

Whatcom Guard Alex Duncan reaches for a loose ball. Duncan led his team with 26 points in their win over Clackamas.

The late-season magic that propelled the Clackamas Cougars to a three-way tie for the top of the Southern Region has finally run out as the Cougars fell 73-63 to Whatcom and will go home from the NWAACC championship tournament without a victory in hand.

For Whatcom, it's not often that the Orcas can pull off a victory when scoring sensation Kyle Impero has an off-contest. Coming into the game, he was second in the league in scoring at nearly 30 points a game, but netted only 11 against Clackamas. Luckily, the Orcas had a backup.

From start to finish, guard Alex Duncan was on fire, hitting 7/8 field goals from inside the arc and finishing with a game-high 26 points. Impero was an uncharacteristic 0-3 from beyond the three-point line, but added seven assists and seven rebounds in the victory.

For Clackamas, it was a tough result after dropping their morning match up to start the tournament. The Cougars shot well under 30 percent in that game, and throughout the first half, it looked like things might end exactly the same for the program, which holds the record for the longest streak of tournament appearances at 14.

The second half brought new life. After trailing by 16 points at the break, Clackamas finally made a run and cut it to eight points after just three minutes of play. Midway through the period, they'd cut it to four, and were within a point after Brandon Halter connected on a three pointer with 10:34 to play. They got within one point another two times, but could never break through, as the Orcas pulled away in the final seconds to win by ten.

Spencer Bankofier led Clackamas with 24 points. Grant Sitton and Brandon Halter had 17 and 13 points respectively.

Whatcom moves on to face Treasure Valley at 10 a.m. on Monday morning in the next round of the loser's bracket, the winner advancing to the 7/8th place game.


10 a.m. Women: Skagit Valley 64, Centralia 57 [stats]

Linda Wilson (left) fights for the ball  late in the Cardinals' win. Wilson finished with 11 rebounds.

They got a good scare in the second half, but the starting five for Skagit Valley prevailed, scoring all but three of the Cardinal's points to push past Centralia in the battle for 7th place at the NWAACC championships.

In the first several minutes, Centralia had a solid edge, jumping out to a 17-12 lead midway through the first period. Skagit Valley responded with a big run to take a six point lead minutes later, and took a ten-point lead on a three-point basket from Samantha Kelleigh with little more than four minutes left in the first half.

The Blazers scored four in a row to close out the first period, and carried every ounce of their momentum into the second half. They capped a 15-1 run overall with a three pointer from Kendra Preuninger to take a two point lead at 37-35 with five minutes gone.
That would be the end of Centrailia's great rally. Skagit Valley put together a run of their own to go up 51-41 with under seven minutes to play, eventually falling by seven to close their trip to the tournament.

The Cardinals had four players in double figures, led by Kelleigh with 19 points. Linda Wilson had 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Arie Boyd had 12 points and 14 boards for Skagit Valley, who will play Clackamas tomorrow morning at 10 a.m.

John Fletcher had 24 points to lead the Chuckars to victory.

8 a.m. Men: Treasure Valley 71, SW Oregon 69 [box]

In a game that proves basketball as a game of runs, Treasure Valley got the last say, surviving a late flurry to top SW Oregon by a pair, 71-69. The Chukars will move on in the losers bracket to play at 10 a.m. tomorrow for a chance to advance to the 7th-place game.


Treasure Valley, the champion program from the Eastern Region, had the first run. They took advantage of a slow offensive start from the Lakers to take a 23-11 lead midway through the first half.

SW Oregon wasn't one of the best scoring teams for nothing, though, and they showed their offensive prowess as the first half drew to a close, cutting the lead to a pair before the Chukars responded to make it a six point game at the break.

The Lakers' offense was back in full force to begin the second half, and for the first several minutes of the second period, it was all SW Oregon. A 15-4 run put the Lakers up nine with 13:18 to play, but Treasure Valley had more to say. They went on a run of their own, tying the contest with seven minutes left, and taking their first lead since early in the period on a bucket from John Fletcher with less than two minutes remaining. From there, it was all about free throws, and though the Chukars missed four in the final seconds, it was just enough to outlast the high-powered offense of SW Oregon.

Fletcher carried the Chukars, finishing with 24 points on 3/7 shooting from three-point range. Jordan Willis had 21 points and 9 rebounds for SW Oregon, who will head for Coos Bay, Ore. after two consecutive losses to begin the tournament. Treasure Valley will take on the winner of today's 10 a.m. game between Clackamas and Whatcom.
 

Sophomore Laci Effenberger had 18 points, 10 assists and seven boards.

8 a.m. Women: Clackamas 72, Whatcom 54 [box]

There are two ways to respond to a heartbreaking loss on Saturday: you can fold, or you can take it to the next team you face. The latter, as it happened, was the response of choice for Clackamas, as they bounced back from their first-round loss to Clark and pasted Whatcom 72-57 to stay alive in the fight for seventh place.

For the first several minutes, though, it looked like Whatcom was about to give Clackamas a serious run for their money. Five minutes in, the Orcas were leading, holding a 7-4 edge.

That's when Clackamas sophomore Laci Effenberger finally started to showcase what made her so dangerous all season long. With her spark, the Cougars were able to reel off a 14-2 run, turning a sluggish first-half into an early blowout before the halftime buzzer sounded.
And once they got rolling, Clackamas never looked back. Their lead reached 16 points in the final seconds of the game before Whatcom's Alisha Friberg sunk a three pointer to dull the final score.

Effenberger flirted with a triple double in the contest, finishing with 18 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds in the win. Sophomore post Jasmine Gibbs-Brown also finished with 18 points.

Whatcom's Kayla Tiemersma led all scores, putting up 25 points and 14 rebounds in the loss.
Clackamas will take on the winner of Sunday's 10 a.m. contest between Skagit Valley and Centralia at 10 a.m. on Monday morning.


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