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Strong late game surge puts Evergreen ahead of Cascade College

February 23, 2008

PORTLAND, Ore. - A 17 point second half Cascade College advantage melted away as foul trouble plagued the T-Birds in a 96-89 loss versus Evergreen Sunday night at the Thunderdome. Evergreen prepares to host Northwest U in round 1 of the CCC Championships Wednesday evening.

Cascade held a 70-53 lead with 5 minutes gone in the second half, only to see the Geoducks outscore the T-Birds 43-19 the rest of the way.

With just 8 players in uniform, multiple Thunderbirds were saddled with 4 fouls for the majority of the period. Tayo Cotton dropped in 16 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in his final game for Cascade.

Kenan Powell scored a season high 17 for the 'Birds, and was joined by Ben Pawlak (14), Ryan Barker (13), Eric Taylor (12), and Erving Adams (10) in double figures.

Nick Moore poured in a game high 27 for the Geoducks, a season high for the junior center. Nathan Menefee added 24 points and 6 assists. Mike Ward and John Levi III cashed in 14 and 12 points respectively.

Evergreen hosts Northwest University Wednesday, February 27th at 7:30 PM in the first round of the Cascade Conference Tournament.

In first-round matchups, top-seeded EOU will host eighth-seeded Northwest Christian, second-seeded Oregon Tech will host seventh-seeded College of Idaho, third-seeded Evergreen will host sixth-seeded Northwest, and fourth-seeded Warner Pacific will host fifth-seeded Concordia. All games begin at 7:30 p.m.

Both Evergreen, which tied with Warner Pacific for third place, and Northwest, which tied with College of Idaho for sixth place, won tiebreakers in the seeding process by virtue of having more victories against CCC teams with .500 or better records in league play than their partners in the league standings.

CCC Men's Basketball Tournament Pairings

Wednesday, Feb. 27 (Quarterfinals)

#8 seed Northwest Christian at #1 seed Eastern Oregon, 7:30 p.m.

#7 seed College of Idaho at #2 seed Oregon Tech, 7:30 p.m.

#6 seed Northwest at #3 seed Evergreen, 7:30 p.m.

#5 seed Concordia at #4 seed Warner Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 1 (Semifinals) Lowest remaining seed at highest remaining seed, 7:30 p.m.

Second lowest remaining seed at second highest remaining seed, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 4 (Championship) Lowest seed at highest seed, 7:30 p.m.

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