Geoducks Get Buried By Knights

February 21, 2003

by Devin Jones

OLYMPIA, WA -- Coaches teach offensive strategies to their players to ensure movement on the offensive end during a basketball game. Different plays are used against man-to-man defenses and against zone defenses. Movement is a key to successful execution.

On Friday night, the Geoducks (7-10 conference, 13-18 overall) were unable to execute their game plan when the Warner Pacific Knights (10-7 conference, 21-10 overall) decided to throw a zone defense at Evergreen in the second half; resulting in a 70-54 loss for the Geoducks.

The first half was dead even. Both teams struggled slightly shooting the ball, and each team had its fair share of turnovers, rebounds, and assists.

On the defensive end, Warner Pacific went man-to-man, allowing Evergreen to keep the game close. At the end of the first half the score was notched at 23 a piece.

As has been the case for Evergreen quite often this season, the second half was another story. During the second half the Knights changed their defensive strategy and dropped into a zone. This caused problems for the Geoducks as their movement on the offensive end came to a halt.

The minimal movement caused Evergreen to shoot from the outside, which has not been the Geoducks strength, and allowed the Knights to get their hands on some errant Evergreen passes.

The Geoducks ended the game with 20 turnovers, 11 of which were steals on the Knights end. The disappointing execution by Evergreen resulted in their 16-point defeat.

You must give credit where credit is due, and the Warner Pacific Knights deserved to win the game. They shot a better percentage then the Geoducks in every category: field goals, three pointers, and free throws. ��The Knights also had more steals, more blocks, and fewer turnovers. The only statistical category the Geoducks led in was assists (13-12) and rebounds (34-32).

Demarcus Best led the Knights with 15 points on 5-10 shooting and had three steals. Wesley Powers added 12 points (5-8) and grabbed a team high 10 boards, while Matt Segrin chipped in 10 points (3-6) in the win.

The Geoduck's Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) and Haikima Moore (Dallas, Texas / Allen HS) each had a double-double; making it only the second time in school history that two players have registered a double-double in one game. The first duo to accomplish the feat, Parker and Moore.

Parker had a team high 18 points on 7-15 shooting and grabbed 10 boards, while Moore added 15 points on 6-11 shooting and tore down 10 boards of his own. No other Evergreen player scored in double figures on the night.

Evergreen's focus must now shift to tomorrow night's game when they host the Cascade College Thunderbirds at 8:00 p.m.

Before the game there will be a presentation to honor the Geoducks' seniors for this season (Mike Parker and Devin Jones).

The game might possibly determine who is the Cascade Conference Champion. Going into tomorrow's game Cascade College is tied for first place with Oregon Tech and Concordia.

The Geoducks, however, are simply looking for a win to give them a bit of momentum heading into the conference playoffs.