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Geoducks to host College of Idaho Wednesday in Round 1 of CCC Tourney

Nick Moore. Photo by Katherine Turner
Senior Nick Moore on his way to 2nd CCC Tournament. Photo by Katherine Turner

February 21, 2009

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Evergreen will advance to the Cascade Conference Tournament as the #4 seed and host #5 College of Idaho at 7:30 PM in the Greenhouse. The Geoducks celebrated their "Senior Night" with a win over Cascade College, a team that played their last game tonight. Cascade will close their doors at the end of the school year.

Evergreen came out firing, scoring 56 points in the first half and three players already in the double digits as they led the Thunderbirds by 18 points at the intermission.

The second half was considerably slower paced, with numerous fouls called. Cascade saw three players foul out and the game included three player technical fouls.

Nathan Menefee, hot off a school record eighth 30 point plus game last night, led all scorers and contributed 25 points and 8 rebounds for Evergreen.

Six Geoducks scored in the double figures.

All five seniors saw game time and scored in their final regular season game for ESC. Michael Ward pulled in 8 rebounds and scored 16 points, Julio Feliciano scored 13 points, Nick Moore and John Levi III each tallied 11 points with Levi adding 5 assists, 5 rebounds and 2 steals. Aaron Schlund hit a basket and blocked a shot.

Levi III had a special night above being honored as a graduating senior, during the pre-game ceremony he proposed to his girlfriend on the court.

She said, "Yes".

The team shot 47% in field goal attempts to Cascade's 36.6%.

For the Thunderbirds four players were in the double points. Erving Adams tallied 19 points and 11 rebounds for a double double game. Jason McCall and Josh Brown had 18 and 17 points respectively. Kao Saelee hit 3-4 from three point range and totaled 13 points for the night.

The top eight teams in the Cascade Conference advance to the tournament. Teams were seeded in the eight-team CCC Tournament according to regular season conference finish.

Oregon Tech and Eastern Oregon are CCC regular season co-champions. OIT earned the No. 1 seed in the CCC's postseason tournament and the automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament that goes to the regular season champion by virtue of the league's second tiebreaker.

The first tiebreaker is head to head results (OIT and EOU split their two-game series), and the second tiebreaker is record vs. teams that finished .500 or better in CCC play (OIT was 7-3, EOU was 6-4).

The CCC's second automatic bid to the NAIA Tournament goes to the CCC Tournament winner (or the runner-up should OIT win the tournament) Southern Oregon, Corban and Northwest tied for seventh place with 7-13 CCC records.

In the first tiebreaker (head to head results), the three teams compiled 2-2 records in games vs. each other. In the second tiebreaker (record vs. teams that finished .500 or better in CCC play), Southern Oregon was 3-9, Corban was 2-10 and Northwest was 1-11. Thus, Southern Oregon earned the No. 7 seed and Corban earned the No. 8 seed in the eight-team CCC tournament.

CCC Men's Bracket

First Round Wednesday, Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m.

  • #8 seed Corban at #1 seed Oregon Tech
  • #7 seed Southern Oregon at #2 seed Eastern Oregon
  • #6 seed Northwest Christian at #3 seed Warner Pacific
  • #5 seed College of Idaho at #4 seed Evergreen

Semifinals Saturday, Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m. Lowest remaining seed at highest remaining seed Second lowest remaining seed at second highest remaining seed

Championship Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m. Lowest seed at highest seed

The NAIA tournament is scheduled for March 11-17 in Branson, Mo.

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