Defense needs work following 83-87 loss to Linfield College
December 8, 2006
OLYMPIA , Wash. - Evergreen charged at their opponents early in the game in a non-conference game against Linfield College tonight, seemingly putting up a comfortable point margin midway into the first half. The talented squad could not hold their lead or hold their team play together, losing a close battle in the final seconds 83-87.
Twelve minutes into the game Evergreen had as much as a 17 point lead on the Tigers. Maybe the team became overconfident as they turned the ball over 5 times in the final 6 minutes, had 5 fouls that included an intentional and technical violation and began to miss some shots that allowed Linfield to close Evergreen's lead to 1 point by the halftime. Evergreen players David Howard and Greg Shadowvine made the majority of the baskets for the team during the first half.
Play was similar in the second half, with Evergreen gaining back a 9 point lead by 10 minutes. But again the Geoducks momentum waned in the later stages of the game allowing a comfortable lead to drift away.
Offensively, Evergreen played very well at times. They look to be one of the better scoring teams the college has assembled. Defensively the team struggled. Despite guarding Linfield key scorer Evan Timperly to just 13 points, and Adam Moore having a strong presence under the net with 7 defensive rebounds, the team looked in no hurry to guard their home basket. Linfield beat Evergreen man to man nearly every time following an Evergreen basket or a defensive rebound, allowing the Tigers easy points inside the key.
"We had good defense in spurts, but we could not hold it for a full 40 minutes" lamented Coach Tom Kenna.
Kenna praised the play of David Howard, "he's coming into his own as a player". Howard scored a season high 18 points tonight. Teammate Shadowvine made some amazing shots to net 24 points, also a season high. Adam Moore tallied 19 points in the game.
Linfield was led in scoring by Steve Taylor, who was hot from the 3 point line hitting 6 of 7 attempts and racking up 26 points. Emil Kim was also key for the Tigers, way under the basket for 18 points.
Evergreen's overall record stands at 3-6 this season and 1-1 in the conference. Evergreen is at home again Saturday night as both the women's team and men's team play Northwest Christian College . Games begin at 5:30 PM.