Yotes Live by the '3' in victory over Geoducks

January 3, 2003

CALDWELL, ID -- Evergreen's scouting report for Friday evenings match-up against Albertson College read, 'Albertson College Yotes: very good three point shooting and die by the three at times'. The Yotes did exactly that; they lived by the three, knocking down 13 of their 28 attempts on their way to a 97-86 victory.

Evergreen (5-10 overall, 1-2 conference) grabbed a 29-20 lead early in the game, and it seemed as if the Geoducks had studied their scouting report thoroughly. The Yotes (8-8 overall, 1-2 conference), however, went on a 25-9 run to end the first half, giving them a 45-38 edge at halftime.

The Geoducks cut Albertson's lead to three in the second half, but that's as close as it would get. The Yotes continued their hot shooting, converting on 57% of their field goals (15-26) and three point attempts (8-14).

Also hurting Evergreen's chances for a win was the fact that the Geoducks were out-rebounded by the Yotes 43-22. Evergreen gave up 23 second chance points on 15 offensive rebounds.

Albertson's was led by Tom Perkes who had 22 points (5-9), with 11 of his points coming from the free-throw line.

Perkes also had a game high 13 rebounds, giving him a double-double.

Eric Hare also had a double-double for the Yotes with 18 points (5-8) and 11 rebounds. John Thomas and Andy Harper each chipped in 17 points. Thomas hit five three-pointers for the Yotes, and Harper knocked down four of his seven three-point attempts in the win.

Evergreen's Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) had an outstanding performance, scoring a career high 40 points. Parker went 17-27 from the field, including 5-10 from the three-point line. He also had a team high seven rebounds. Unfortunately the performance was not enough to lead Evergreen to victory.

Devin Jones (Ogden, Utah / Bonneville HS) was the only other Geoduck in double figures on the night. Jones had 13 points (3-8) for Evergreen, with seven points coming from the charity stripe (7-8).

The Geoducks will try to bounce back tomorrow evening when they travel to Oregon to face Eastern Oregon University. The conference battle will begin at 8:00 p.m.