Win gives Evergreen chance at conference title
Story courtesy of OIT sports information
March 1, 2008
KLAMATH FALLS, Oregon (March 1, 2008) - The Evergreen State College made it two years in a row winning at Oregon Tech in the conference playoffs, this year moving on to the CCC Championship game with a 93-76 win at Danny Miles Court.
The Owls end their regular season with a 26-6 mark, while Evergreen is now 21-7 and one win from a berth to the NAIA Championship. Both Oregon Tech and Eastern Oregon lost in the CCC semi-finals tonight, which make the winner of No. 3 seed Evergreen State versus No. 4 seed Warner Pacific the third team from the Cascade Conference eligible for the NAIA II National Tournament.
It was a see-saw game for most of the first period with eight ties, the last at 35-35 with 4:54 remaining before the half. A 15-8 Evergreen run finished the first half and put the Geoducks up seven at the intermission 50-43, where they would not trail again.
Evergreen was able to bump the lead to nine points at the 16:07 mark, but Tech was able to trim the lead to only three points, 65-62 with 11:11 to go. In a matter of two minutes, the Geoducks strung together an 11-0 run to push the lead to 76-62 and not allow Tech to get within double digits for the remainder of the game, winning by the final score of 93-76.
All-American Ryan Fiegi (Sr. Medford, OR), playing in his last home game at Oregon Tech, scored a game high 27 points with six rebounds and seven assists. Jguwon Hogges (Jr. Atwater, CA) followed with 19 points and three assists, with Josh Wetzler (Jr. Perth, AUS) grabbing a career-high 18 rebounds to go along with his six points. Christian Cavanaugh (Jr. Mill Valley, CA) finished in double figures with 10 points.
The Geoducks had four players reach double figure points with Nate Menefee (So, Timberline HS/Lacey, WA) and Nick Moore (Jr. Bethel HS/Fircrest, WA) both netting 21 points in the win. Moore grabbed seven rebounds and Menefee handed out six assists. Julio Feliciano (So, Mt. Tahoma HS/Tacoma, WA) and Marcus Whittaker (Sr. Henryetta, OK) each scored 13 points for TESC.
The Owls gained an at-large berth to the NAIA II National Championships and it is now a waiting game, as they will not know their opponent until the tournament pairing come out on March 5th. Tech will begin tournament play either March 12 or March 13.
Evergreen's matchup with WPC will take place at 7:30 PM Tuesday at The Evergreen State College.
The Geoducks last appearance in the conference championships was during the 2001-2002 season, as they won the title and moved on the national tournament.