Evergreen plays even with #5 Albertson

January 23, 2004

by James J. Portune

OLYMPIA, WA -- Not since January 10th this season have five Evergreen Men's Basketball players scored in double figures. But, the even distributed scoring was not enough for Evergreen (3-7 Cascade Conference, 6-16 Overall) to displace the #5 team in the nation, the Albertson College Coyotes (8-1 CCC, 15-5 Ovr.)

Junior transfer Walter Tucker (Jackson, Miss./Winfield H.S.) and Julius Marshall (Renton, Wash./Issaquah H.S.) both lead Evergreen with 13-points. Tucker also had 10 rebounds, to give him his third double-double of the 2003-04 season. Senior point guard Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Calif./Burbank H.S.) followed with 11-points, as did junior Zach Haley (Tacoma, Wash./Wilson H.S.).

Evergreen, who resides in the 7th position of the Cascade Conference Men's standings, showed that it has the talent and skill to play with league leading Albertson.

Fifty-eight percent field goal shooting left Evergreen at the end of the first half, a fast paced 20-minutes, trailing the Coyotes by six points, 42-36. The short fall was due to lack of offensive rebounding, of which Evergreen managed to retrieve just two of, and three point shooting (2-for-7 29%), typically one of the Geoducks strengths.

On the season, Evergreen shoots 35% from behind the arc, fifth in the conference.

As in the 1st half, Evergreen played equal with Albertson in the 2nd period. But, the 36-points scored by the Geoducks, two points less than Alberton's 38-points, did not make up the six point first half deficit.

Tomorrow night, Saturday, Evergreen will play the last of a five game home stand, the longest of the season. The contest against the Eastern Oregon Mountaineers (4-5 CCC, 6-15 Ovr.) will tip-off in The Greenhouse at 7:30 p.m.

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