Seattle University Makes 2nd Half Comeback to Defeat Evergreen, 75-70
December 13, 2002
by Devin Jones
OLYMPIA, WA -- A good start to a basketball game doesn't always mean there's going to be a good finish; that was the case for Evergreen State on Friday evening.
Evergreen (3-8) jumped out to a 17-3 lead to start the game against the Seattle Redhawks (4-2), and it seemed as if the Geoducks had rebounded from the loss they suffered earlier in the week to Lewis & Clark.
Down 14, Redhawks Head Coach Joe Callero called a timeout and told his team to switch their defense from a man-to-man to a zone trap.
The switch stumped the Geoducks and they struggled to find their offensive pressure that they had earlier in the game. Seattle slowly chipped away at Evergreen's lead, and by half time trailed by only seven.
At the beginning of the second half, the Geoducks looked determined to not let their lead slip away and they forced two quick Redhawk turnovers, which led to a dazzling dunk followed by a lay-up, both from Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS).
However, the Redhawks zone defense would prove to be too much for the Geoducks, as they took advantage and outscored Evergreen 48-26 to give them a five point victory, 75-70. Seattle had only one player in double figures on the night, Andy Bloom, who led the Redhawks with 16 points. Jelani Williams and Nic Lano each scored nine points, followed by Jeffery McDaniel with eight and Bryan Peterson with seven.
On paper it looks like Evergreen should have come away with the victory. The Geoducks had four players score in double figures. Parker led Evergreen with a season high 32 points on 13-20 shooting and also had 11 rebounds, giving him a double-double for the game.
Marvin Isaac (Inglewood, Cal. / Inglewood HS) came off the bench to score 15 for Evergreen on 7-9 shooting. Isaac was followed by Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) who scored 11 points (4-10) and Devin Jones (Ogden, Utah / Bonneville HS) who chipped in 10 (4-12) in the losing effort.
"We have to be able to put together two halves of good basketball," said Evergreen Head Coach John Barbee, "when we do that, we'll be pretty good.we start our conference play on Tuesday, so our record now is 0-0, and now we're going to start preparing for Southern Oregon."
Evergreen will open up their conference play on Tuesday, December 17, when they host Southern Oregon University at 8:00 p.m.