Geoducks Can't Hold Off Cavaliers

February 7, 2003

by Devin Jones

PORTLAND, OR -- 'Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.' If Friday evenings match-up between the Geoducks and the Concordia Cavaliers were a championship game, then that statement would hold true.

There wasn't much defense played by either team, and the game basically came down to who could score the most points. Evergreen gave up a 13 point first half lead, and it seemed as though the Cavaliers couldn't miss all night on their way to a 98-85 victory over the Geoducks.

The Geoducks(6-8 conference, 12-16 overall), looking to redeem themselves after dropping six of their last seven games, came out firing against the Cavaliers(9-4 conference, 16-7 overall). Evergreen jumped out to quick 13-point lead, 26-13, midway through the first half.

Then the Cavaliers caught fire and went on a tear, outscoring the Geoducks 34-18 for the remainder of the half.

Concordia shot an unbelievable 73% from the field in the first half, knocking down 19 of their 26 attempts. They also shot 55% from the three-point line going five for nine.

Evergreen didn't shoot the ball too bad as a team either. The Geoducks went 15 for 32 (46%) from the field, including 42% (6-14) from behind the arc.

The Cavaliers didn't cool down much in the second half, and Evergreen was unable to cut into their lead. Concordia outscored Evergreen by 10 in the second half, 51-41, shooting 52% (18-34) from the field.61% (37-60) for the game.

Nate Ferrier led the Cavaliers with 22 points on 7-10 shooting. Ferrier also grabbed a game high nine rebounds in the win.

Keith Childs knocked down 9 of his 12 attempts, giving him 21 points for the Cavaliers, while Troy Slonecker chipped in 12 points on 5-10 shooting.

Andre Johnson and Brandon Erlandson also scored in double figures for Concordia. Johnson added 11 points (3-4) and Erlandson gave the Cavaliers 10 (4-7) in just 12 minutes of play.

Devin Jones (Ogden, Utah / Bonneville HS) had a career high 25 points for the Geoducks. Jones knocked down seven of nine attempts from the floor, including a perfect four-for-four from three-point land and seven out of eight from the free throw line.

Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) and Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) each chipped in 17 points a piece for Evergreen. Parker was 6-12 from the floor and grabbed a team high six boards, while Laneer went 5-15 from the field including seven out of seven from the free throw line.

Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) chipped in 10 points for the Geoducks on 4-10 shooting. Fielding also had four rebounds and two assists.

The Geoducks will look to stay in the hunt to host a play-off game during the post-season tomorrow when they face Western Baptist in Salem, Oregon at 8:00 p.m.

Evergreen is currently sitting in seventh place in the Cascade Conference standings and the top four teams get to host at least one home play-off game. If the Geoducks can pull out a victory in each of their remaining four contests, then a home play-off spot might be in the cards for Evergreen.