88-80 Win for ESC Tonight in First of Two Weekend Road Games

January 2, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore. - Our #16 NAIA Evergreen hombres defeated Cascade College 88-80 Friday night in conference play in their first conference game since defeating #1 OIT on the 20th of December. The Geoducks will face rival #12 NAIA Warner Pacific Saturday night.

Evergreen made it known in the first ten minutes of action that their top-twenty ranking was well deserved.

Paced by Nathan Menefee and Julio Feliciano, the Geoducks stormed out to a 36-18 lead at the 10 minute mark in the first half.

But the Thunderbirds answered. Baskets by Tommy Allen, Josh Brown, and Ryan Barker ignited a 15-3 run to end the half with Cascade trailing by six, 33-39.

The second half was more intense than the first as the T-Birds were able to cut the lead down to two on several occasions but were never able to get over the hump and were forced to foul to stop the clock with 1:31 remaining.

"We knew that we were going to have our hands full with this team, they are extremely athletic and well-coached," Cascade's head coach Anthony Baugher stated.

Evergreen was paced by Nathan Menefee's 25 points with Nick Moore adding 23. Feliciano finished with 14 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists.

Cascade was paced by Ben Pawlak's 17 points and 3 assists. Cornell Littlejohn had 14 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals. Erving Adams added 13 points and 4 rebounds.

The Geoducks stay in Portland for a 7:30 pm game at Warner Pacific following the Geo Gals matchup. Warner has been a traditionally tough opponent for the Geoducks and games can be lively in the small WPC gym.

Former Geoduck Adam Moore (2006-07) has been a standout player on the WPC roster this season.

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