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Evergreen Unable to Find Rhythm Against Northwest

February 14, 2003

by Devin Jones

OLYMPIA, WA -- The game day program for Friday's match-up between the Evergreen Geoducks and the Northwest Eagles read: Game Time: 8:00 p.m. That was until a fire alarm went off two minutes before tip-off delaying the start by a good 30 minutes.

The Geoducks are now probably hoping that the alarm would have postponed the game for the evening. Evergreen (7-9 conference, 13-17 overall) was handed a lopsided defeat by the Eagles (5-11 conference, 11-17 overall), 85-66, after the game finally got underway.

The delay didn't seem to affect either team, and the Geoducks seemed to be feeling pretty good as they scored the first twelve points of the game. With 13 minutes to go in the first half, Evergreen held a 14-8 lead and that's when things started to go downhill.

Northwest threw a match-up zone defense at the Geoducks and they didn't know how to respond. Switching all screens, the Eagles forced Evergreen to cast away from the three-point line, not one of the Geoducks' strengths.

The remainder of the first half would like to be forgotten as Northwest finished with a 32-5 run to give them a completely comfortable 21-point lead, 40-19.

The first half proved to be the worst shooting performance of the season by the Geoducks as they converted on only 8 of their 31 attempts (25%) from the field, including a horrific 2-17 (11%) from three-point land.

The second half showed that Evergreen wasn't willing to roll over as they actually outscored the Eagles 47-45. Unfortunately the first half deficit was too much for Evergreen to overcome.

"They completely took us out of our rhythm tonight," said Evergreen Head Coach John Barbee, "we didn't execute well at all.we're just going to have to learn from this game and work to get better."

For the game the Geoducks shot 38% (24-63) including 21% (6-28) from downtown and a season low 42% (12-18) from the free-throw line.

You can assume that the Eagles shot a much better percentage, and they did. Northwest shot 51% (30-58) from the field, including 38% (5-13) from behind the arc, giving them the upper hand.

Jerry Williams led the Eagles scoring attack with 16 points on 5-6 shooting, while grabbing six rebounds on the night. Dan Schneider, Nate Lindseth, and Chris Fulford rounded out the balanced scoring, with each player chipping in 15 points for Northwest.

Schneider was 4-8 from the field and also six boards, while Lindseth went 5-7, including 3-3 from three point range, and had a game high six assists. Fulford went 6-10 from the field, and had four rebounds to go along with his 15 points.

The Geoducks leading scorer was Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) who had 14 points (6-14) in just 23 minutes of play before fouling out. Parker also had a team high eight rebounds, and had three assists.

Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash. / Puyallup HS) chipped in 13 points for Evergreen on 4-8 shooting including 3-7 from three-point range, and Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) added 11 points (4-11) to go along with three assists and two steals.

Evergreen will definitely put this game behind them and begin to immediately focus on their next opponent, Warner Pacific College. The Geoducks will host Warner Pacific on February 21 at 8:00 p.m.

The following evening, February 22, the Geoducks will play their last home game of the season against Cascade College. That game will also begin at 8:00 p.m.