CBC men fall to Skagit Valley in NWAACC opener

By Jeff Morrow, Herald sports editorMarch 1, 2014 

Columbia Basin College guard Steven ‘Buddy’ Walter (40) scores on a layup in front of Skagit Valley’s Greg Cox (12) during the Hawks’ 85-74 loss to the Cardinals in the first round of the NWAACC championship tournament Saturday at the Toyota Center in Kennewick. (Tracy Swisher, special to the Herald)

TRACY SWISHER

What a difference confidence makes.

The Skagit Valley men jumped out to a 9-0 lead against Columbia Basin and never looked back for an 85-74 victory Saturday at the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges basketball championships at the Toyota Center in Kennewick.

“They’re just a better team,” said CBC coach Rolando Garcia. “Even with a timeout (during that opening run) we just didn’t respond.”

That’s what Skagit Valley coach Brock Veltri was hoping for.

“We talked all week long that we wanted to come out and have a fast start,” said Veltri. “We were able to get some shots to fall, and when you see a couple of shots falling in it helps your confidence. The hoop starts to look about 10 feet wide.”

The Hawks fought back, as Mitchell Zapien scored seven points in a 12-6 run. But Skagit Valley responded with an 8-0 run and was never really threatened again.

“I was concerned about their shooters, and we heard they were a scrappy bunch,” said the Cardinals’ top player, Malik Barnes. “We have some speed, and we had some 2-on-1s and3-on-1s out there. Our team maximizes that ability.”

Indeed, when the Hawks missed some shots early in the game, the Cardinals pushed the ball and got some easy baskets.

Part of the problem for the Hawks was while the Cardinals were making baskets in the first half, CBC was struggling from the floor.

The Hawks shot an icy 33 percent (12 for 36) from the floor in the first 20 minutes, while the Cardinals were a sizzling 62 percent (18 for 29).

“CBC, they’re as good an offense as there is in the NWAACC,” said Veltri. “We were trying to do some things to slow them down.”

It didn’t help that the Hawks shot 3-for-21 from the 3-point line.

Skagit had a 48-29 halftime lead.

“We like to think of ourselves as a second-half team,” said CBC guard James Lopez, who scored 19 points and had 11 assists. “(But that slow start) killed us. We always start off slow.”

Garcia told his team at halftime to pick things up.

“I just told them our urgency needed to be there,” Garcia said.

It was, and CBC cut into the lead to get within 14 points. But that was it until the final minute, when the Hawks closed with an 8-0 run in the final minute for the final score.

Dustin Watts led Skagit with 22 points on 11-for-13 shooting, while Barnes and Greg Cox added 14 points each.

Buddy Walter led the Hawks with 20 points and eight rebounds. Zapien finished with 13 points, and Brandon Oswalt came off the bench to score 10.

Despite the loss, Garcia liked his team’s tenacity, especially in the second half.

“I’m still proud of them,” he said. “I told them ‘I now you guys were giving your all.’”

And Lopez says the Hawks aren’t done.

“Tomorrow will be a different day,” Lopez said. “We’ve got those sophomores, and we want to send them off with a trophy.”

That quest begins at 8 p.m. today, when CBC (16-11) takes on Chemeketa (14-14) in a loser-out game.

Skagit Valley (19-9) plays Clark (25-1) at  4 p.m. today in the quarterfinals.

COLUMBIA BASIN — James Lopez 7-14 5-9 19, Justin Smith 1-5 1-2 3, Mitchell Zapien 6-14 0-0 13, Steven Walter 10-14 0-2 20, Andrew Reddout 2-7 3-4 7, Jordan King 0-2 0-0 0, Brandon Oswalt 4-9 0-0 10, Jordan En’Wezoh 0-0 0-0 0, Kyler DeWitt 1-8 0-1 2. Totals 31-73 9-16 74.
SKAGIT VALLEY — Elijah Smith 2-5 1-2 5, Greg Cox 5-8 0-0 14, Olajuwon Diggs 0-5 0-1 0, Malik Barnes 4-9 6-10 14, Isaac Ladines 4-8 2-4 10, Elijah Jordan 0-2 0-0 0, Vince Payne 2-7 0-0 6, Dustin Watts 11-13 0-2 22, Jordan Garcia 1-5 0-0 3, DJ Billingsly 4-7 3-3 11, Kenny Berger 0-0 0-0 0, Aaron Watts 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 33-69 12-22 85.
Halftime score – SVC 48-29. 3-point field goals – CBC 3-21 (Oswalt 2-5, Zapien 1-1, King 0-2, Walter 0-2, DeWitt 0-3, Smith 0-3, Lopez 0-5), SVC 7-20 (Cox 4-6, Payne 2-3, Garcia 1-4, Jordan 0-1, Watts 0-1, Barnes 0-2, Diggs 0-3); Rebounds – CBC 38 (Walter 8), SVC 49 (Diggs 7, Ladines 7); Assists – CBC 19 (Lopez 11), SVC 22 (Smith 6); Turnovers – CBC 14, SVC 18. Fouls – CBC 18, SVC 14. Fouled out – Reddout.

PIERCE 86, SOUTHWEST OREGON 75: The 1-2 punch of Gary Jacobs (15 points, 8 rebounds, 7 assists) and Devin Matthews (18 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists) was too lethal as Pierce beat Southwestern Oregon.

The Raiders scored 28 points off of 21 turnovers. Anthony Heintzman led the Lakers with 21 points.

SWOC — Williams 4-7 2-9 10, Anderson 2-14 6-8 10, Anthony Heintzman 7-12 0-0 21, Mongkholtham 1-6 6-6 9, Willis 3-6 4-4 10, Sampson 2-4 0-0 5, Dilg 0-1 0-0 0, Dolan 1-2 0-0 3, Howaard 3-8 1-2 7, Boswell 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 23-60 19-29 75.
PIERCE — Gary Jacobs 6-10 3-4 15, Devin Matthews 6-12 4-6 18, Barsh 5-14 1-3 11, Parker 3-11 1-2 9, Loranger 3-6 3-4 9, Baze 1-7 2-2 4, Corr 0-1 0-0 0, Royster 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 2-2 2-2 8, Jeffries 3-9 3-5 10. Totals 30-73 19-28 86.
Halftime— Pierce 41, SWOC 36. 3-point goals—SWOC 10-23 (Heintzman 7-11, Anderson 0-1, Mongkholtham 1-4, Sampson 1-3, Dolan 1-2, Howard 0-2), P 7-21 (Matthews 2-3, Parker 2-8, Jacobs 0-2, Baze 0-3, Johnson 2-2, Jeffries 1-3). Rebounds—SWOC 40 (Willis 10), P 47 (Loranger 12). Assists—SWOC 15 (Anderson 7), P 18 (Jacobs 7). Turnovers—SWOC 21, P 14. Fouls—SWOC 19, P 19. Fouled out—Williams, Barsh.

EDMONDS 77, TREASURE VALLEY 70: Seven-footer Payton Pervier was too much for the Treasure Valley Chukars, as he scored 15 points and grabbed 23 rebounds to lead Edmonds to the win.

Samuel Omondi added 14 points and eight rebounds for the Tritons, who advance to the quarterfinals. Chris Willis paced the Chukars with 14 points, nine boards and six assists.

EDMONDS — Payton Pervier 6-16 3-4 15, Mararsa 3-6 3-6 9, Pohrman 0-0 3-4 3, Pederson 4-11 0-0 9, Maxie 3-10 2-4 8, Ste.Johnson 1-4 0-0 3, Stoen 0-0 0-0 0, Omondi 3-8 8-10 14, Rosales 2-4 3-3 9, Smith 3-10 0-0 7. Totals 25-69 22-31 77.
TVCC — DeSean Mattox 5-12 1-2 14, Chris Willis 6-13 0-2 14, Fletcher 3-13 3-4 10, Burgess 1-6 1-2 3, McKie 5-9 0-0 12, Guzman 3-7 0-0 6, Galves 2-6 4-7 9, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Imonigie 0-2 0-0 0, McCloyn 1-2 0-1 2. Totals 26-70 9-18 70.
Halftime— TVCC 35, Edmonds 35. 3-point goals—E 5-14 (Pederson 1-2, Margarsa 0-2, Johnson 1-4, Rosales 2-4, Smith 1-2), TV 9-31 (Mattox 3-8, Willis 2-5, Fletcher 1-8, McKie 2-2, Guzman 0-3, Galves 1-3, IMonigie 0-1, McCloyn 0-1). Rebounds—E 60 (Pervier 23), TV 38 (Willis 9). Assists—E 11 (Margarsa 4, Maxie 4), TV 18 (Willis 6). Turnovers—E 17, TV 14. Fouls—E 18, TV 21. Fouled out—Burgess.

HIGHLINE 83, CLACKAMAS 49: Highline had five players score in double figures as it routed Clackamas. Ben Tucakovic scored 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while Harold Lee added 10 points and nine assists.

Grant Sitton paced Clackamas with 14 points and five rebounds.

HIGHLINE — Lee 2-7 6-6 10, McCaffrey 4-8 0-0 11, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Doug McDaniel 6-11 2-5 17, Stroud 3-5 1-3 7, James 2-4 0-0 4, McGruder 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 1-3 0-0 3, Ben Tucakovic 4-5 5-7 15, Taylor-Barone 0-3 0-0 0, Jimmy Keum 5-6 2-2 14, Swanstrom 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-54 16-23 83.
CLACKAMAS — Bankofier 1-8 0-0 2, Lott 0-4 1-2 1, Martin 1-3 0-0 2, Grant Sitton 5-12 2-2 14, Halter 2-12 0-0 4, Russell 3-7 0-0 7, Keita 1-3 0-0 2, Satrum 1-3 0-0 2, Mitchell Beckwith 3-12 7-8 13. Totals 17-64 10-12 49.
Halftime— Highline 39, Clackamas 19. 3-point goals—H 11-25 (Lee 0-2, McCaffrey 3-6, McDaniel 3-7, James 0-1, Johnson 1-2, Tucakovic 2-3, Taylor-Barone 0-1, Keum 2-3), C 5-23 (Bankofier 1-2, Lott 0-1, Sitton 2-5, Halter 1-8, Russell 1-2, Keita 0-1, Satrum 0-2, Beckwith 0-2). Rebounds—H 40 (Tucakovic 8), C 37 (Lott 6, Halter 6). Assists—H 19 (Lee 9), C 10 (Russell 4). Turnovers—H 15, C 19. Fouls—H 17, C 19.

SPOKANE 69, WHATCOM 61: Kwinn Hanson scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Spokane beat Whatcom.

Teammate Jack Nygaard sank seven 3-point field goals to finish with 23 points for Spokane.

Kyle Impero led the Orcas with 19 points, but he struggled from the foor with 5-for-25 shooting. Impero also had eight rebounds.

SPOKANE — Dean Richey 2-9 1-2 6, TJ Bracey 2-4 2-2 7, Jack Nygaard 7-10 2-2 23, Chase Haack 4-11 0-0 8, Kwinn Hanson 9-12 7-10 25, Jared Miller 0-1 0-0 0, Alex Brown 0-0 0-2 0, Chase McDuffie 0-0 0-0 0, Sam Druffel 0-6 0-0 0, Dustin Patchen 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 24-53 12-20 69.
WHATCOM —Kyle Impero 5-25 9-12 19, Jared Wells 1-3 0-0 3, Alex Duncan  5-12 2-3 13, Neilan Pierce 1-4 1-4 3, Eric Fongue 7-16 0-0 16, Jonathan Jack-Nixon 2-2 1-1 5, Sam Landerholm 0-0 0-0 0, Dreu Vader 0-2 0-0 0, Quinton Whitfield 1-7 0-0 2. Totals 22-71 13-20 61.
Halftime score – CCS 37-32. 3-point field goals – CCS 9-24 (Nygaard 7-10, Bracey 1-2, Richey 1-4, Miller 0-1, Druffel 0-3, Haack 0-4), WCC 4-16 (Fongue 2-5, Duncan 1-1, Wells 1-2, Pierce 0-1, Vader 0-2, Impero 0-5); Rebounds – CCS 39 (Hanson 12), WCC 45 (Fongue 8, Impero 8); Assists – CCS 15 (Haack 6), WCC 7 (Duncan 2, Fongue 2); Turnovers – CCS 14, WCC 7; Fouls – CCS 16, WCC 19.

Clark 87, Chemeketa 77: Sean Price and Collin Spickerman scored 19 points apiece to lead the Raiders, which took down the defending champion Storm and picked up its 23rd consecutive victory to reach the quarterfinals.

Clark took a 43-30 halftime lead as Chemeketa struggled with its shooting, finishing 29-for-72 (40 percent) on the day. Meanwhile, the Raiders shot 11 of 24 from 3-point range, including four treys from Max Livingston. Bryce White led the Storm with 21 points.

CHEMEKETA — Brazille 2-6 1-2 6, Bryce White 6-17 7-9 21, Atkinson 3-4 0-0 9, Schlegel 3-12 1-2 7, Ewell 4-5 1-1 9, Christian 1-4 0-0 2, Ackerman 2-6 1-2 5, Dominique Lawrence 7-12 1-2 15, Vettrus 0-0 0-0 0, Ferry 0-0 0-0 0, Westfall 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 29-72 12-18 77.
CLARK — Thurston 3-7 0-0 8, Sean Price 8-18 1-2 19, Max Livingston 4-11 1-4 13, Hall 2-6 1-2 7, Collin Spickerman 5-11 9-11 19, Golden 1-2 0-0 3, Frank Norman 4-5 6-8 14, Hall 0-0 0-0 0, Patterson 0-0 0-0 0, Elksnis 2-6 0-2 4. Totals 29-66 18-29 87.
Halftime score – Clark 43, Chemeketa 30. 3-point field goals – Chem 7-24 (Brazille 1-3, White 2-7, Atkinson 3-4, Ackerman 0-2, Lawrence 0-2, Westfall 1-6), Clark 11-24 (Thurston 2-5, Price 2-5, Livingston 4-8, Hall 2-4, Golden 1-2); Rebounds – Chem 46 (White 10), Clark 44 (Livingston 9); Assists – Chem 18 (Brazille 6), Clark 19 (Thurston 5); Turnovers – Chem 18, Clark 10; Fouls – Chem 23, Clark 17. Fouled out — Ackerman.

Portland 56, Lower Columbia 54: The Panthers overcame some poor first-half shooting to beat the Red Devils in a tightly-contested matchup that went down to the wire.

Portland shot just 33 percent (9-for-27) in the first half, but hit 44 percent (11-of-25) — including five 3-pointers — in the second half to squeeze out a win.

Lower Columbia got more than half of its points from the bench as Red Devils starters shot just 30 percent (9 for 30).

Josh Turner led Portland with 15 points.

LOWERCOLUMBIA — Howell 1-9 0-5 2, Tucker 1-3 0-0 3, Dupree 4-8 2-2 10, Niu 2-4 3-4 8, Burright 1-6 0-2 5, Drey 3-5 0-0 7, Jalalpoor 0-3 0-0 0, Sherif Taha 4-11 2-2 13, Parrot 2-6 1-2 5, Trafelet 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 20-59 8-17 54.
PORTLAND — Warren Edmondson 3-9 5-6 12, Trevor Channel 2-8 6-8 11, Josh Turner 7-16 0-1 15, Appleton 3-3 0-0 6, Tupper 2-5 0-0 5, Bailey 2-3 0-0 5, Wood 0-1 0-0 0, Hines II 1-3 0-1 2, Easterling 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 20-52 11-16 56.
Halftime score – Lower Columbia 24, Portland 23. 3-point field goals – LC 6-24 (Tucker 1-2, Dupree 0-3, Niu 1-3, Howell 0-3, Drey 1-3, Jalalpoor 0-2, Taha 3-7, Trafelet 0-1), P 5-17 (Edmondson 1-6, Channel 1-2, Turner 1-4, Tupper 1-3, Bailey 1-1, Wood 0-1); Rebounds – LC 38 (Taha 9), P 42 (Appleton 8); Assists – LC 16 (Tucker 4), P 12 (Channel 3, Tupper 3); Turnovers – LC 13, P 18; Fouls – LC 21, P 17. Fouled out — Appleton.

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