Team victorious over hard-fighting rival

Mike Ward and Nate Menefee celebrate

January 5, 2008

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Evergreen defeated Warner Pacific College 100-94 in a conference game at home. WPC, ranked 13th in the latest NAIA Div. II polls lost both of their conference games this weekend. Evergreen had not defeated their rival since 2005.

Nathan Menefee (So, Timberline HS) was the games leading scorer with a season high tying 32 points. It was a win he hoped for, having played a year at WPC in 2005-06. He also added 3 assists, 3 rebounds and made 2 of 3 from three point range.

Evergreen shot 58 % to Warner Pac's 54% of field goals.

All-American Scott O'Gallagher tallied 28 points for the visiting Knights. The guard had 3 assists and 5 rebounds. Jalonta Martin had a double-double with 12 rebounds and 15 points.

Four other Evergreen players were in the double digits. Marcus Whittaker (Sr. Henryetta, OK) had 18 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists. Michael Ward (Jr. Kansas City, MO) and John Levi III (Jr. Wilson HS) showed off their acrobatic ability under the net to score 15 and 10 points respectively.

Nick Moore (Jr. Bethel HS), who scored 15 points tonight, was enjoying the win following the game. "That was big for us" he noted with a grin as he mingled on the court. "The crowd was great!".

Evergreen had opened up a quick lead early in the game, with as much as a 12 point cushing five minutes in. Warner fought back and closed the gap to just 1 point by halftime.

The Knights were never able to take control of the game. They tied the game 87-87 with 2:30 left in the game, but a series of fouls sent four Evergreen players to the free throw line in the next minute to help the team gain a 10 point lead with just seconds left.

Tallying 17 assists total for Evergreen players is indictative of the up-tempo style of the Geoducks, who scored many of their points on quick passes and fast-breaks.

Tuesday the Geoducks travel to Kirkland, Washington to meet Northwest University, a conference team that also defeated Warner this weekend.

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