Evergreen Needs All 40 Minutes to Defeat Northwest

January 17, 2003

by Devin Jones

KIRKLAND, WA -- There are very few games where a team doesn't have to play a full 40 minutes to pull out a victory.

That wasn't the case on Friday evening as the Geoducks (5-3 conference, 10-11 overall) needed all 40 minutes, including the last 30 seconds, to defeat the Northwest Eagles (2-6 conference, 8-12 overall) 77-74.

Early on, the Geoducks jumped out to an 11-point lead, but seemed to get too comfortable, and lost their intensity. That's when the Eagles took advantage, outscoring Evergreen 27-12 to take a four-point lead into the locker rooms at halftime, 36-32.

The second half was relatively equal for the full 20 minutes, with the Eagles clinging to a small lead. With just under three minutes to play, the Geoducks to a two-point lead, but it didn't last long. Northwest answered right back, regaining the lead and going up by four.

Evergreen bounced right back, converting on free throws and taking the ball to the rack. Down by one with under a minute to play, Evergreen's Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) made a lay-up as he got fouled and knocked down his free throw, giving the Geoducks a 75-74 lead.

Following a missed shot from Northwest, the Geoducks' Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) grabbed the board and was fouled. Parker hit both his free throws, sealing the victory for Evergreen.

Fielding led the Geoducks with 19 points (7-15) and also grabbed nine boards, while dishing out four assists.

Evergreen's Devin Jones (Ogden, Utah / Bonneville HS) also scored 19 points on 6-12 shooting from the floor, including 6-7 from the free throw line.

Parker had a stellar game, scoring 12 points (5-15) and grabbing nine boards, but Parker wasn't finished. He also had a team high five assists, a game high five steals, and set a Geoduck season record for most blocked shots in a game with six.

Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash. / Puyallup HS) chipped in 15 points for the Geoducks on 5-10 shooting, all from behind the three-point arc.

The Eagles' Nathan Lindseth led all scorers with 20 points on 7-11 shooting, but also committed five turnovers on the night.

Dan Schneider knocked down 16 points, going 6-13 from the field, while handing out six assists. Chris Fulford had the games only double double for Northwest, scoring 10 points (5-12) and grabbing 11 rebounds.

Evergreen has won seven of their last nine games and will look to reach .500 overall when they play the Walla Walla Wolves on Sunday, January 19. Evergreen needed over time to defeat the Wolves earlier in the season, 95-90. Tip-off will be at 4:00 p.m.