Evergreen Pushes Streak to Four Games With Win Over Corban
SALEM, Ore. - Evergreen's Nate Menefee tallied a game-high 25 points on 8-for-16 shooting from the field and an 8-for-11 showing at the free throw line, as the Geoducks picked up a come-from-behind 74-71 victory over Corban Monday night inside the C.E. Jeffers Sports Center.
With tonight's result, Corban falls to 5-7 overall and 0-2 in Cascade Collegiate Conference play. Meanwhile, Evergreen pushes its winning streak to four games improving to 9-4 overall and 2-1 in conference action.
After a nine-day layoff due to finals, Corban returned to the court and got a team-high 22 points from senior Ben Potloff (Keizer, Ore.) on 8-for-14 shooting from the field. Potloff also grabbed a game-high tying eight rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Junior Ian Logan (Aloha, Ore.) aided Potloff scoring-wise with 17 points on 7-for-16 shooting from the field that included a 2-for-6 showing from beyond the three-point line.
Corban would jump out to a 15-point lead (28-13) following a jumper by junior Nash Keene (Aumsville, Ore.) with just over nine minutes remaining. Unfortunately, the host Warriors would watch Evergreen climb back into the game thanks to a 17-6 run over a span of 7:17 that knotted things at 36-36 with just under two minutes left in the opening half. Over the final two minutes, Evergreen scored four unanswered points and took a four-point lead (40-36) into the locker room.
In the second half, Evergreen would continue to hold the lead and pushed its advantage to as much as eight points (64-56) after a lay-up by Anthony Gallagher with 5:48 left in the game. Corban would creep back within a mere two points (71-69) after a lay-in by junior Bryan Martin (Salem, Ore.) with 26 ticks on the clock. Unfortunately, Evergreen's free throw shooting down the stretch would ice the game for the visiting Geoducks as Corban missed a pair of three-pointers in the game's final five seconds for the final margin of three points (74-71).
Along with Menefee's game-high in points, the two-time conference Player of the Year also tallied six rebounds, six assists, and five steals in 38 minutes of action. Menefee got help from Gallagher and Julio Feliciano, who tallied 14 and 10 points respectively to go along with Feliciano's game-high tying eight rebounds.
As a team, Corban shot 27-for-68 (39.7%) from the field to go along with a 7-for-19 (36.8%) showing from behind the three-point line and a 10-for-14 (71.4%) performance at the free throw line. On the other hand, Evergreen was 25-for-57 (43.9%) from the field, 5-for-18 (27.8%) from long distance, and 19-for-24 (79.2%) at the charity stripe.