Evergreen Falters in Overtime for Second Straight Night

February 1, 2003

by Devin Jones

OLYMPIA, WA -- The game of basketball can be difficult both physically and mentally, especially when your team plays back-to-back overtime games and comes up on the short end of both.

Wore down and disappointed.that's what the Geoducks were following their nine point overtime loss, 79-70, to the visiting Albertson Coyotes.

The Geoducks, struggling to stay in the hunt for the second and third spot in the conference standings, had dropped three of their last four games (all by six points or less), and knew a loss to Albertson's would push them further back.

The Geoducks came to the game on Saturday night looking to take their aggression out on Albertson College. After building a quick ten point lead against the Coyotes (8-5 conference, 14-11 overall) in the first half, it looked like the Geoducks (6-7 conference, 12-15 overall) had bounced back from their mind-boggling loss the night before.

The Geoducks held on to the ten point lead throughout the first half, and after holding the number one shooting team in the conference to a mere 20% (2-10) from behind the three-point line, went into the locker rooms with a pleasing 37-27 halftime lead.

The second half was just the opposite for Evergreen. The Geoducks held a small lead for most of the second half, but the Coyotes went on a tear late in the game, knocking down four three-pointers in less then three minutes. The comeback allowed Albertson's to take a three-point lead with just less than 20 seconds to play.

With the Geoducks down, Evergreen point guard Nate Robinson (Kent, Wash. / Kentwood HS), playing in place of the injured Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS), drilled a deep three-pointer with two seconds left to send the game into overtime. The second straight overtime in as many nights for the Geoducks.

The Geoducks magic ended with regulation and the Coyotes outscored Evergreen 12-3 in overtime, dropping the Geoducks into seventh place in conference play, and pushing Albertson's into fourth.

Tom Perkes led Albertson's with 21 points on 8-10 shooting and grabbed a game high 12 rebounds to give him a double double for the game.

Andy Harper added 19 points on 4-10 shooting, including a perfect 10-10 from the charity stripe, and Jon Thomas chipped in 13 (5-14) and had a team high three steals in the win for the Coyotes.

Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) led all scorers with 26 points for the Geoducks on 9-16 shooting. Parker also had a team high nine rebounds, to go along with four assists and three steals.

Robinson had a season high 15 points (6-13) including his last second trey ball to send the game into overtime. Robinson also had five rebounds and three assists.

Haikima Moore (Dallas, Tex. / Allen HS) chipped in 10 points for Evergreen on 4-8 shooting and had two steals.

With the Geoducks sitting in seventh place, some might think that Evergreen's season is just about over. The good news is that with five games remaining, the Geoducks are only three games out of second place in the conference standings.

Of their five remaining games, Evergreen has defeated three of the opponents in earlier contests this season.the Geoducks may be down, but they are not out.

Evergreen will have a week to prepare for their last road trip of the season when they travel to Portland, Oregon to face Concordia University on Friday, February 7, followed by a match-up with Western Baptist on the 8th. Both games will begin at 8:00 p.m. and can be heard on KVSN 1340 AM.