Evergreen On Fire Beyond The Three Point Arc
December 13, 2003
by James J. Portune
OLYMPIA, WA -- When you play a bigger team, height wise, a basketball team has two options; outrun the opponent for quick scorers or shoot over them from long range.
Against the visiting Whitman College Missionaries (0-0 Great Northwest Conference, 2-4 Overall) on Saturday (Dec. 13) The Evergreen State College Men's Basketball team (0-0 Cascade Conference, 3-5 Overall) used the latter to defeat Whitman 86-72.
Every player on the team, with the exception of senior reserve point guard Allen Thomas (Lacey, Wash./River Ridge H.S.), who only played 2 minutes, shot a three-point shot. All ten of those, with the exception of senior forward Adam Laneer (Tumwater, Wash./Tumwater H.S.) and junior transfer Julius Marshall (Renton, Wash./Issaquah H.S.), made a three-point basket.
In all, Evergreen took 38 shots from behind the three-point arc, accounting for more than 50 percent of their field goal attempts. Junior Walter Tucker (Jackson, Miss/Wingfield H.S.) was perfect on his three-point attempts, shooting 2-for-2, which helped make him the game high scorer with 17-points. Shooting guards Ben Riippi (Puyallup, Wash./Puyallup H.S.) and Josh Peterson (Winlock, Wash./Winlock H.S.) lead the team with three long range baskets.
The win was Evergreen's third and final win of the pre-season, the second time the team has rebounded successfully from a previous night defeat.
Friday night (Dec. 12.) at Seattle University, the Geoducks shot poorly (28%) and were beaten by the Redhawks, 87-65. Against Whitman, Evergreen trailed through the first twenty points, half of the first half. Once they took the lead they never surrendered it. By half time the Geoducks had established a 39-33 lead of the Missionaries.
In the second half the Geoducks shot 44% from three-point range and outplayed Whitman, 47-39.
Even with the balanced shooting, only two Evergreen players scored in double figures: Tucker (17 points) and Marshall (11 points). Both had an excellent night at the free throw line, going 3-for-3.
At the free throw line the team established a new season high, shooting 10-for-11 (91%).
Cascade Conference action begins on Wednesday (Dec. 17). The men will travel with the women's team to take on Eastern Oregon on Wednesday. Thursday (Dec. 18) they will be in Albertson.
The next home game is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 21. The University of Puget Sound will drive Interstate 5 to play Evergreen at 2:00 p.m. in The Greenhouse.