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Team moves up in conference standings after tonight's win

John Levi III

January 4, 2008

OLYMPIA, Wash. -  Evergreen's men's basketball team has not defeated Warner Pacific College since 2005. After tonight's convincing 90-68 win over Cascade College, this would seem to be the year to topple one of the best teams in the Cascade Conference.

When Warner comes to Olympia for Saturday night's game, they will have slipped to fifth in the conference, having suffered a rare loss to Northwest University in Kirkland tonight. Warner advanced to the "Sweet 16" at last years NAIA Div. II Tournament and return all five starters that include All-American Scott O'Gallagher.

Evergreen took over WPC's former spot, moving to fourth after tonight's win.

One Evergreen player in particular is itching for tomorrow's game. Nathan Menefee redshirted the 2004-05 season at Evergreen and then transfered to WPC for the 2005-06 season. Although a standout athlete at that program, it wasn't meant to be and Menefee is back at Evergreen after sitting out the 2006-07 season as required by conference regulations. The sophomore Menefee (Timberline High School) lit up the court tonight with twenty-nine points, his second highest tally this season.

Along with Menefee, Nick Moore (Jr. Bethel HS) added big points with 17, including three dunks. Michael Ward scored an athletic 16 points.

Cascade was led by Ben Pawlak's 18 points and 7 rebounds. Teammate Ryan Barker hit 12 points and 10 rebounds for the games only double-double.

The Thunderbird's stubbornly kept in the game until halfway through the second half, but their 32 turnovers to Evergreen's 10 may have been their undoing.

Both teams were decently matched in shooting ability, with Cascade hitting 45 percent of field goals and Evergreen 49.

Tomorrow's 7:30 PM game follow's the women match up with Warner.

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