Saints Take Season Opener From Geoducks

November 14, 2002

by Devin Jones

OLYMPIA, WA -- In the inaugural game to fight hunger between the Evergreen State College Geoducks and the St. Martin Saints, in support of the Thurston County Food Bank, the Saints walked into the Evergreen State College Recreation Center, and ran away with an 88-68 victory over the Geoducks.

The game was relatively even throughout the first half as the two teams exchanged basket for basket, with time winding down in the half the Saints found themselves clinging to a four point lead.

After a Geoduck turnover with about 2:30 to go, the Saints rallied and went on a 7-0 run to close out the half. The Saints shot an outstanding 71% (20-28) from the field and went into the locker room with a 49-38 lead.

During halftime, Evergreen Head Coach John Barbee told his team, "In order to win this ball game we have to limit our turnovers, and keep them off the offensive glass. So far they have 10 offensive rebounds and they turned that into 8 second chance points."

With that in mind, the Geoducks came out in the second half and cut the Saints lead to 7. However, Evergreen could not capitalize on the keys that Coach Barbee had provided and the turnovers began to build up.

The Saints took advantage, built the lead back up, and never looked back. The game ended with a 20-point win for the Saints.

Overall, St. Martins had a relatively balanced attack with four players scoring in double figures. Dave Clark led the Saints with 16 points in just 14 minutes of play.

Nick Gibbs, the 6'10 center, was right behind Clark with 15 points on 7-10 shooting, and also contributed 5 rebounds, two of which were offensive.

The other two double-digit scorers for the Saints were juniors Garland Perry (12) and Brandon Hartley

Point guard (11); both players also had 5 rebounds. As a team the Saints shot 65% (34-52) from the field for the game. Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 steals led the Geoducks, while seniors Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) and Devin JonesOgden, Utah / Bonneville HS) contributed 15 points each, both on 6-10 shooting. (

Along with his 15 points, Parker also added 5 blocks, 5 assists, and 4 steals. The Geoducks struggled from the free throw line, shooting only 44% (11-25) for the game, and shot a mere 39% (11-28) from the field in the second half, along with a disappointing 12% from the three-point line (1-8).

"It's only one loss," said Coach Barbee, "It's how we rebound from the loss, and what we can learn from the mistakes we made throughout the game that matters. We played hard, and we never gave up."

After the game, St. Martin's Assistant Coach Bob Niehl said that, "last year Evergreen drilled us, and we beat them pretty good this year. A win like this is a big confidence builder for our team."

A confidence builder for the Saints, a game to learn from for the Geoducks, and Evergreen will have plenty of time to prepare for their next opponent.

The Geoducks travel to Kallamath Falls, Oregon, for the pre-season Cascade Conference Tournament on November 21, and open that evening against Northwest College

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