Chemeketa men take NWAACC basketball championship

March 5, 2013 

The Chemeketa men’s basketball team found itself in a familiar position Tuesday -- trailing against its opponent.

The Storm responded to that situation by doing what it does best -- scoring points and playing stout defense.

Chemeketa rallied past Edmonds Community College to win the NWAACC title 84-79 at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

“We knew we’d been here before, and we kept our composure,” said Chemeketa’s Jordan Batey, who earned first-team all-tournament honors.

The Storm trailed 79-78 with a minute to go, watching a six-point lead evaporate in a 20-second span.

But rather than panic, the Storm got a layup from Jonny Howard and then a big defensive play from Trevor Phillips. Batey made four free throws, and the Storm won its first title since 1999.

“The thing with this group is they have been resilient,” Chemeketa coach David Abderhalden said. “They’ve learned how to not panic in any situation.”

The Storm, which used a 27-5 run to erase a 21-point deficit in the final 7 minutes of Monday’s semifinal game, played team basketball throughout to beat Edmonds.

Chemeketa’s best player, Gavin Kauffman, played just 16 minutes before fouling out. But even without Kauffman on the floor, the Storm would not be denied.

Phillips, a Hermiston graduate, scored 19 points in the first half and had a key block on a layup attempt with his team clinging to a one-point lead with less than 40 seconds left.

“I think we were a step ahead of Edmonds,” said Phillips, who was named the tournament MVP. “We were in this position last year, and we were very nervous and didn’t play well at the start.

“(This year) we were calm and collected, and I think it showed (late).”

The Storm lost the 2012 title game to Tacoma, 110-98, but they would not be denied this time.

Edmonds seemingly took control early in the second half, using a 14-2 run to take a 51-42 lead.

But the Storm used a 10-0 run of its own to retake the lead. It was a see-saw battle from then on.

“We know that teams go on runs,” Batey said. “But we knew our defense is everything. Any deficit we get, we can overcome it. The defensive end is what helps our offense go the most.”

The Storm held the Tritons to 39.5 percent shooting from the field, getting into the Tritons’ passing lanes and causing Edmonds to be offensively stagnant at times.

“They learned how to play for each other rather than with each other,” Abderhalden said of his squad. “That’s been our whole thing — what you can achieve together. This is a special group of kids.”

The title is the second for Abderhalden and the fourth for the program.

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Phillips said. “This group is my family, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Phillips finished with a game-high 21 points and eight rebounds, while Batey had 16 points and seven rebounds. Calvin Molan scored 13 points, including three 3-pointers as he helped stretch the offense.

Notes: Tacoma’s Josh Lord was named the most inspirational player of the tournament, while Big Bend’s Brendan Westendorf, Everett’s Connor Donaldson, Edmonds’ Shaquille McKissic and Ricardo Maxwell joined Batey on the all-tournament first team. … Molan made the all-tournament second team, joined by Centralia’s Van Lockett, Spokane’s Kwinn Hanson and Brady Bagby, and Pierce’s Tyrell Lewis.

EDMONDS -- Montano 5-10 1-2 12, Maxwell 7-20 1-3 19, Johnson 1-3 2-2 4, Margasa 0-3 0-0 0, Peloquin 0-2 0-0 0, Reavley 2-5 2-3 7, Diel 3-6 0-0 8, Nicholes 0-0 0-0 0, Spade 2-6 0-0 4, Kawaka 3-6 0-0 6, McKissic 7-15 3-6 19. Totals 30-76 9-17 79.

CHEMEKETA -- Branch 0-0 0-0 0, Saba 3-4 0-0 8, Molan 4-9 2-2 13, Bately 3-4 9-10 16, Hutt 1-3 0-0 2, Prazeau 1-1 0-0 2, Begin 4-6 0-1 9, Kauffman 2-8 0-0 4, Nelson 0-0 0-0 0, Howard 4-6 0-0 9, Phillips 8-17 5-7 21, Mahboud 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-58 16-20 84.

3-point goals--ECC 10-33 (Maxwell 4-8, Diel 2-5, McKissic 2-6, Montano 1-4, Reavley 1-2, Johnson 0-2, Margasa 0-2, Peloquin 0-1, Spade 0-3), ChCC 8-18 (Molan 3-5, Saba 2-2, Bately 1-1, Begin 1-2, Howard 1-2, Hutt 0-1, Kauffman 0-3, Phillips 0-2). Rebounds--ECC 47 (McKissic 10), ChCC 39 (Phillips 8). Assists--ECC 22 (Maxwell 9), ChCC 16 (three with 3). Turnovers--ECC 12, ChCC 16. Total fouls—ECC 22, ChCC 17. Fouled out--Kauffman.

Third-fourth

Spokane 94, Big Bend 85: Brady Bagby piled up 32 points and 10 rebounds, and the Sasquatch (21-10) shot a torrid 62 percent from the field.

Bagby was 11-for-14 from the floor, and Kwinn Hanson went 7-for-9 and scored 14 points. Eric Holbrook added 18 points and six assists.

Brendan Westendorf topped 30 points for the second time in the tournament for the Vikings (26-6), collecting 34 points, five assists and four steals. Kamen McCullough added 17 points, and the pair each knocked down five 3-pointers. Big Bend sank 15 treys for the game.

SPOKANE -- Edwards 4-7 2-2 14, Holbrook 6-10 5-5 18, Bagby 11-14 10-12 32, Haack 2-4 3-4 7, Hanson 7-9 0-0 14, Bracey 1-2 0-0 3, Nygaard 1-2 0-0 3, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Downey 1-4 0-0 3, Druffel 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 33-53 20-23 94.

BIG BEND -- Walker 4-11 2-2 12, McCullough 6-15 0-0 17, Westendorf 13-24 3-5 34, Nield 1-3 1-2 3, Page 3-6 0-0 6, Johnson 3-6 0-0 9, Funston 1-7 0-0 2, Perez 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 32-73 6-9 85.

Halftime--CCS 45, BBCC 41. 3-point goals--CCS 8-20 (Edwards 4-7, Bracey 1-1, Nygaard 1-1, Downey 1-4, Holbrook 1-3, Druffel 0-1, Bagby 0-2, Haack 0-1), BBCC 15-38 (McCullough 5-11, Westendorf 5-8, Johnson 3-4, Walker 2-7, Funston 0-5, Nield 0-2). Rebounds--CCS 35 (Bagby 10), BBCC 25 (three with 4). Assists--CCS 21 (Holbrook 6), BBCC 20 (Walker 5, Westendorf 5). Turnovers--CCS 20, BBCC 13. Total fouls--CCS 14, BBCC 19. Fouled out--Page.

Fifth-sixth

Everett 70, Tacoma 62: The Trojans scored 18 second-chance points and needed every one of those extra chances after shooting 33 percent from the field.

Jarrell Banks turned in a nice gaem for Everett (18-12) with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

Josh Lorda had 18 points, three assists and three steals for the Titans (21-10).

EVERETT -- Cooper 1-7 6-6 8, Banks 3-14 2-5 10, Ware 2-8 1-2 5, Mattson 4-9 3-4 11, Donaldson 4-14 2-3 11, Mason 1-2 0-0 2, James 3-9 2-2 10, Allen 1-1 0-0 2, Welliver 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 4-5 3-4 11. Totals 23-70 19-26 70.

TACOMA -- Coley 1-5 0-0 2, Lord 6-13 5-6 18, Vaughn 2-9 1-2 5, Smith 3-14 3-6 10, Campbell 3-4 0-0 6, Yamazaki 0-1 0-2 0, Barsh 3-3 0-0 6, Stevens 3-9 2-2 9, Harper 2-2 2-3 6. Totals 23-60 13-21 62.

Halftime--ECC 30, TCC 29. 3-point goals--ECC 5-26 (James 2-5, Bankes 2-5, Donaldson 1-4, Cooper 0-6, Mason 0-1, Welliver 0-1, Ware 0-3, Mattson 0-1), TCC 3-10 (Lord 1-2, Stevens 1-3, Smith 1-5). Rebounds--ECC 50 (Banks 13), TCC 34 (Vaughn 7, Smith 7). Assists--ECC 16 (Ware 7), TCC 9 (Lord 3). Turnovers--ECC 15, TCC 17. Total fouls--ECC 15, TCC 23. Fouled out--Barsh, Campbell.

Seventh-eighth

Centralia 63, Pierce 60: Zach Carras, Mozeek Waggener and Van Lockett combined for 48 points to lead the Trailblazers (21-10).

Tyrell Lewis had 25 points and 12 rebounds for the Raiders (25-6), and John Palmer chipped in 14 points.

CENTRALIA -- Lockett 6-14 2-2 15, Carras 6-13 2-2 17, Dam 2-8 1-3 6, Mo. Waggener 7-13 1-7 16, Mi. Waggener 2-5 0-0 4, Scott 1-2 0-0 2, Fuller 0-1 0-0 0, Broussard 0-1 0-0 0, Dumetz 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-59 6-14 63.

PIERCE -- Matthews 2-5 0-3 4, Palmer 4-8 2-2 14, Jacobs 2-5 1-2 5, Lewis 9-16 4-9 25, Porter 2-10 0-0 4, Clanton 0-5 1-2 1, Parker 1-3 0-0 2, Jeffries 1-3 1-2 3, Kuiper 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 22-59 9-20 60.

Halftime--PC 33, CC 23. 3-point goals--CC 7-19 (Carras 3-6, Lockett 1-4, Dam 1-4, Mo. Waggener 1-2, Dumetz 1-2, Fuller 0-1), PC 7-20 (Palmer 4-7, Lewis 3-6, Matthews 0-1, Clanton 0-1, Parker 0-2, Porter 0-3). Rebounds--CC 38 (Mi. Waggener 10), PC 38 (Lewis 12). Assists--CC 17 (Mi. Waggener 6), PC 16 (Jacobs 5, Lewis 5). Turnovers--CC 17, PC 15. Total fouls--CC 14, TC 13.

w Craig Craker: 582-1509; ccraker@tricityherald.com

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