NWAACC brackets set

TRI-CITY HERALDFebruary 26, 2013 

The Lane community college men defeated Portland CC 85-69 on Monday night to clinch the South Region's No. 4 seed.

And now, the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges men's and women's basketball tournaments -- scheduled for four consecutive days at the Toyota Center beginning Saturday -- are set.

A total of 32 teams -- 16 men's squads and 16 more women's teams -- will battle for NWAACC titles.

Among those teams will be the defending women's champions from Columbia Basin College. The Hawks will open tournament play at 8 a.m. Saturday against Chemeketa.

Also in the women's tournament will be Walla Walla, which plays Southwestern Oregon at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Walla Walla's men also qualified for the tournament, and the Warriors will open against Chemeketa at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The women's championship is set for 5:30 p.m. next Tuesday, while the men's title tilt is at 8 p.m.

Here are saturday's first-round pairings:

Men

Game 1, Centralia (18-9) vs. Whatcom (18-8), 8 a.m.; Game 2, Big Bend (24-4) vs. Lane (22-8), 10 a.m.; Game 3, Peninsula (17-10) vs. Tacoma (19-8), noon; Game 4, Chemeketa (17-8) vs. Walla Walla (13-13), 2 p.m.; Game 5, Clackamas (16-12) vs. Yakima Valley (20-8), 4 p.m.; Game 6, Edmonds (23-3) vs. Lower Columbia (13-12), 6 p.m.; Game 7, Everett (15-11) vs. Pierce (23-4), 8 p.m.; Game 8, Southwestern Oregon (14-12) vs. Spokane (18-9), 10 p.m.

Women

Game 1, Chemeketa (16-11) vs. Columbia Basin (14-12), 8 a.m.; Game 2, Bellevue (19-8) vs. Tacoma (15-9), 10 a.m.; Game 3, Lane (26-2) vs. Yakima Valley (16-11), noon; Game 4, Centralia (21-5) vs. Peninsula (14-10), 2 p.m.; Game 5, Lower Columbia (18-10) vs. Skagit Valley (19-8), 4 p.m.; Game 6, Southwestern Oregon (15-11) vs. Walla Walla (23-3), 6 p.m.; Game 7, Clackamas (23-4) vs. Spokane (15-11), 8 p.m.; Game 8, Clark (15-11) vs. Whatcom (18-8), 10 p.m.

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