Slow Start Hurts Geoducks in Loss
January 14, 2003
by Devin Jones
PORTLAND, OR -- Some people say that basketball is a game of runs, and the team with the biggest runs has the best chance of winning. That theory held true on Tuesday evening as the Geoducks (4-3 conference, 9-11 overall) fell to the Warner Pacific Knights (3-3 conference, 13-6 overall), 75-71.
Evergreen led early in the game 6-2, that was until the Knights made a 22-1 run to lead 24-7. The run was all the Knights needed to fend off the Geoducks for the remainder of the game.
The Geoducks closed the 14-point gap by attacking the hoop, drawing fouls, and sitting at the free-throw line. Evergreen trailed by only six, 43-37, at half time.
During the second half the Knights held a 10-point lead for nearly 12 minutes. The Geoducks battled back and found themselves trailing by only four with less than five minutes remaining.
Unfortunately they were only able to get as close as three for the remainder of the game. The Geoducks were unable to capitalize on an opportunity to move into second place in the Cascade Conference standings.
Midway through the second half the announcement came that Oregon Tech had defeated Concordia 86-55, dropping Concordia to 5-3.
With a win, Evergreen would have been in a tie with Concordia for second place. However, the Knights were just too much for Evergreen.
Warner Pacific had four players score in double figures on the night. Wesley Powers and Matt Segrin led the Knights with 15 points apiece. Powers also tore down 12 rebounds, giving him a double-double, while Segrin grabbed four boards and had a game high three steals.
Demarcus Best scored 13 points for the Knights. Best was perfect for the game, going 3-3 from the field, including 6-6 from the free throw line. Best also had nine rebounds and a game high six assists. Nick Hudson chipped in 11 points on 4-13 shooting in the win.
The Geoducks were led by Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) who had a game high 19 points on 5-10 shooting, including 9-10 from the free throw line.
Devin Jones (Ogden, Utah / Bonneville HS) chipped in 18 points on 4-9 shooting, including 9-10 from the free throw line. Jones also had six boards and a team high two steals.
Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) had 13 points (5-14) for the Geoducks and also grabbed seven boards, while Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) contributed nine points (3-11) and a team high nine boards in the loss.
The Geoducks will try to stay above .500 in conference play this Friday when they travel to Kirkland, Washington , to face Northwest College. Tip-off will be at 8:00 p.m.