Evergreen will not advance to the final round of the conference playoffs as their season closes
February 24, 2007
PORTLAND, Ore. - While Evergreen outshot Warner Pacific in field goal percentage, late game turnovers proved to be the Geoducks undoing in their 97-89 loss tonight in Portland.
Warner Pacific looked in trouble early in the game as they shot just36 percent of their field goal attempts in the first half. Evergreen on the other hand, wasfinding net on63 percent of their field goal attempts and40 percent of theirthree point shots.
The Geoducksranupas much as a 13 point lead near midway into the first half before the Knights closed the gap by two baskets with 3 minutes remaining.
At the 20 minute buzzer Adam Moore went into the locker room with 23points and the Geoducks had a 46-40 lead over the host.
Cascade Conference Player of the Year, Scott O'Gallagher and teammate Keegan Cook helped the Knights gain a 78-72 point lead at the media time out in the second half. Cook hit 4 of 4 three point shots on Warner's behalf leading up to that break.
Evergreenbegan to strugglewith turnovers and fouls,including a technical charged to Devon Conner-Green and a fifth personal found that sent him to the bench. With just oversix minutes left in the game, they had fallen behind by 11 points.
In the end it was indeed the turnovers that led to Evergreen's demise. Warner Pac had8 steals in the second half and their team racked up 29 points as the direct result of Geoduck turnovers.
Moore, the 20th best shooter in NAIA Division IIBasketball,contributed 32 points to the score for Evergreen and played the full 40 minutes. Marcus Whittaker and Rahiti Marere added 19 and 13 points respectively.
For Warner Pacific, the tri of O'Gallagher, Jalonta Martin and Keegan Cook all scored over 20 points. O'Gallagher had 34 for the night.
Tonight's game closes the season for Evergreen who finishes with an overall record of 11-21.