Concordia Hands Evergreen Third Loss of Season
November 23, 2002
by Devin Jones
KLAMATH FALL, OR -- Three games in three days is tough for any team to play. The story was no different for The Evergreen State College Geoducks (1-3) and the Concordia University Cavaliers (2-2) when they met Saturday night to battle for third place on the third and final day of the pre-season Cascade Conference Tournament.
Evergreen Head Coach John Barbee stated that, "This game will be won by the team that makes the least mistakes."
Concordia head coach Brad Barbarick described it similarly in saying, "The team that stayed mentally focused throughout the game is the team that came out on top."
Both coaches were right. Both teams were worn out, but the Cavaliers persevered and defeated the Geoducks 85-65, and received third place honors for the tournament.
During the first half of the game, Evergreen held a 20-18 lead and it looked as if the Geoducks had put the previous nights loss to Oregon Tech behind and were focused on the task at hand.
Unfortunately, the Cavaliers went on a 19-0 run midway through the half and held the Geoducks scoreless for nearly seven minutes, to build the lead to 38-20. The run proved to be a road block and Evergreen couldn't find a detour.
Concordia's Keith Childs led the Cavaliers with 19 points and also tore down 13 rebounds, 6 of them offensive. Jon
Lee (5-5) and Nate Ferrier (3-5) both added 15 points each for Concordia; Ferrier also pulled down 8 rebounds.
The fourth player in double figures for the Cavaliers was Steve Ford who contributed 10 points off the bench for his team.
"Our team has a lot of depth this year," said coach Barbarick, "we got off to a pretty good start tonight, and we had really good bench support…we're pretty happy going home 2-1 after this tournament."
Mike Parker (Washington DC / Clover Park HS) led Evergreen with 19 points on 8-13 shooting and also had 8 rebounds. Parker also equaled a personal best with five blocked shots in the game.
Coming off a season high 24 points from the night before, Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS) contributed 13 points (5-14), with Karriem Fielding (Sacramento, Cal. / Burbank HS) and Marvin IsaacInglewood, Cal. / Inglewood HS) both chipped in 11 points in the loss. (
Evergreen will have one day to rest before they get back in the gym for practice on Monday evening, and then will travel to Tacoma, Washington the following night to play their fourth game in six days when they face Pacific Lutheran University.