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Story courtesy of Corban Sports Info.

February 2, 2008

SALEM, Ore. - Warrior junior Kyle Masten (Salem, Ore.) and sophomore Paul Martin (Beaverton, Ore.) combined to score 36 points as the duo notched 18 points each, but it was not enough as Corban's men's basketball team fell to The Evergreen State College, 99-91 in overtime, Saturday inside the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.

The aforementioned M & M boys were two of four Warriors to score in double figures, as junior Jason Braun (Dallas, Ore.) and senior Ben Sisler (Corvallis, Ore.) chipped in with 17 and 16 points respectively off the bench. Junior Wade Douglas (Ontario, Ore.) and freshman Clay Martin (Beaverton, Ore.) added eight points apiece, while Douglas and Paul Martin grabbed a game-high nine rebounds each to go along with Masten's career, season, and game-high tying 10 assists.

In the opening half, the visiting Geoducks came out torching the nets en route to building a quick eight-point lead (12-4) after the first 2:55. Evergreen's Marcus Whittaker (Sr. Henryetta, OK) connected on his first five shots, including four from beyond the arc, as Evergreen grabbed its second eight-point lead of the opening five-plus minutes (20-12) with 14:25 remaining in the first half.

Corban fought back over the next five-plus minutes and tied the game at 23-all via an 11-3 run over that span. After the fifth tie of the opening half at 33-all with 3:47 showing on the clock, the host Warriors used a 9-2 run to close out the first half and took a seven-point lead (42-35) into the locker room.

In the second half, Evergreen quickly cut the Warriors' lead to a mere point (56-55) following a lay-up by David Howard (Sr. Dallas, TX) with 12:32 remaining in the contest.

Back-to-back fast break buckets by Evergreen's Nate Menefee built the Geoducks' lead to three points (59-56) with 11:52 on the clock. Out of the 12-minute media timeout, Sisler and Martin connected on a three-point bucket and a lay-up respectively to knot the game for seventh time at 61-61 with 10:52 left in the contest.

Both teams battled back and forth over the next five-plus minutes with neither team grabbing more than a one-point lead. An Evergreen three-pointer from Nick Moore (Jr. Bethel HS) gave the Geoducks its largest lead of the second half (75-71) with just under five minutes remaining before Corban secured its largest lead since the opening minutes of the second half (82-77) following a Paul Martin basket with two-in-a-half minutes left.

An old-fashioned three-point play by Mike Ward (Jr. Kansas City, MO) and a pair of free throws by Howard knotted the game for the tenth and final time at 82-82 with 33 seconds to go.

With no shot clock violation looming, Corban held for the last shot and last night's hero, Sisler, found the ball in his hands with the clock winding down, but could not get off a shot therefore forcing an extra five-minute period.

In overtime, Evergreen scored the first eight points via a pair of lay-ups by Menefee and a lay-up and jumper by Ward a mere two minutes into the extra frame. Another three-pointer by Sisler pulled Corban back within five points (90-85), but the visiting Geoducks used an 8-2 run over a span of 1:31 to secure its largest lead of the game (98-87) and closed out the Warriors by the final margin of eight points (99-91) to remain in the hunt for a home playoff game.

Corban did win the "Battle of the Boards," as the Warriors out-rebounded Evergreen, 45-37, including a 16-10 advantage on the offensive glass. Douglas pulled down a season-high five offensive rebounds, while Sisler and Paul Martin each grabbed three offensive boards.

Evergreen was led by Menefee, who scored a game-high 23 points on 10-for-19 shooting from the field to go along with a perfect 2-for-2 performance at the free throw line. Meanwhile, Whittaker, Moore, and Ward added 22, 16, and 15 points respectively while Menefee pulled down a team-high seven rebounds and handed out a game-high tying 10 assists en route to missing a triple-double by a mere three boards.

As a team, Corban shot 32-for-72 (44.4%) from the field including 11-for-31 (35.5%) from beyond the arc and 16-for-22 (72.7%) from the free throw line. On the other hand, Evergreen turned in a 38-for-74 (51.4%) performance from the field that included a 10-for-26 (38.5%) showing from three-point land and a 13-for-17 (76.5%) showing from the charity stripe.

In the extra frame, the Geoducks made seven-out-of-eight shots (87.5%) to go along with a 3-for-4 performance at the free throw line. With the loss, Corban falls to 8-16 overall, 3-11 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play. Evergreen improves to 15-5 overall, 10-4 in CCC action.

Evergreen hosts Northwest University (11-12, 7-7 CCC) in the Green House on Tuesday, February 5th following the women's game.

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