Geoducks Hold Off Wolves in 93-81 Win

January 19, 2003

by Devin Jones

OLYMPIA, WA -- One of the most difficult things to do in a basketball season is defeat the same team twice. On Sunday evening the Geoducks accomplished the task, beating the Walla Walla Wolves for the second time this season, 93-81.

Just before game-time, the announcement came that the Wolves were just arriving at the College Recreation Center; about 30 minutes later than the team would have liked to arrive. That didn't mean the Wolves weren't ready to play.

The Wolves kept the game close for about the first twelve minutes of the first half before Evergreen went on an offensive attack. The Geoducks caused 16 Walla Walla turnovers in the first half, and out-shot the Wolves 40-24. The difference led to a 15-point Evergreen lead at halftime, 47-32.

During the second half the Wolves tried everything to cut into the Geoduck lead, but couldn't get over the hill. Walla Walla actually shot a better percentage from the floor for the game than the Geoducks.

The Wolves shot 56% (31-55) from the field, including 63% (7-11) from behind the three-point line. Evergreen shot 45% (33-73) for the game, including 32% (8-25) from three-point land.

For the game the Geoducks shot 18 more times than the Wolves, and forced 24 Walla Walla turnovers. The difference proved to help determine the outcome of the game, with the Geoducks prevailing.

Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash. / Puyallup HS) led the Geoducks with a season high 22 points on 8-11 shooting, including a 6-9 performance from behind the three-point line. When asked about his performance, Riipi replied, "I've just felt really comfortable with my shot lately, I have a lot of confidence in myself right now," he also stated that, "overall our team played pretty well, and it's definitely a good win for us." Riipi also had four assists and three steals on the night.

Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) scored 20 points for the Geoducks, going 8-15 from the floor. Parker also had five rebounds and snatched five steals for the game.

Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) knocked down 16 points (5-10) and tore down a season high 12 boards, giving him a double double for the game. Five of Laneer's 12 boards came on the offensive end, where the Geoducks outrebounded the Wolves 18-8 and 36-32 overall.

Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) and Haikima Moore (Dallas, Tex. / Allen HS) each scored in double figures for Evergreen as well. Fielding had 13 points (4-11) and dished out a game high seven assists, while Moore chipped in 10 points (4-10) in the win.

Walla Walla's Landon Libby led all scorers with 28 points on 12-17 shooting. Libby also had seven rebounds, but also committed six turnovers on the night.

Ashton Bartlett and Jeremy Claridge each added 10 points for the Wolves with Bartlett going 3-5 from the floor and Claridge shooting a perfect 4-4 in the loss.

The Geoducks will take the momentum of the victory into Tuesday night's game when they travel to Portland, Oregon, to face Cascade College. The conference battle will begin at 8:00 p.m.