Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Tritons Cage Sasquatch, Advance to 5th Place Game

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KENNEWICK -- The Edmonds CC men's basketball team shook off a tough loss in the NWAACC quarterfinals and beat Spokane 92-70 Monday afternoon in a loser-out game in the Toyota Center. With the win the Tritons advance to the tournament's fifth-place game against No. 1-ranked Clark College Tuesday at noon. 

EdCC improved to 19-11 on the year while Spokane finished the season 18-13. The Tritons have defeated the Sasquatch two years straight at NWAACC championships.

Four players scored in double-figures for EdCC, led by 19 points and 25 rebounds from freshman center Payton Pervier. The 7-footer has 68 rebounds so far at the tournament, one shy from the record of 69 set Chemeketa's Chehalis Tapscott in 2011.  Pervier will have one more game to set a new mark. Pervier shot 69 percent (9-of-13) against Spokane and had 5 blocks and 4 steals.

Monday's game was close through the first 14 minutes of play. Edmonds led by seven at the break (47-40) and began to put the game away during the first few minutes of the second half. 

The Sasquatch didn't score until they'd played more than three and a half minutes of the second, during which time the Tritons had jumped on top by 16 points at 56-40. Spokane battled to within nine points on a putback bucket from Swinn Hanson with 13 minutes to go, but Edmonds scored the next 11 points to push their lead to 18 points at the midway mark of the second half.

By the time the starters were pulled with little more than two minutes to go, the game was far out of hand. Edmonds led by 21 points, and by 24 points on a three pointer from Mitchl Pohrman before winning by 22.

In addition to Pervier's monster performance, the Tritons got a solid contribution from Badhasa Margarsa, who netted 18 points and dished eight assists. Charlie Smith came off the bench to score 14 points with Zach Pederson adding 10 points. 

Hanson led all scores, putting up 25 points for Spokane in the loss. 

Clark (26-2) is ranked No. 1 overall and looked to be the favorite heading into Saturday, but a loss to Skagit Valley in the quarterfinals dropped the Penguins into the loser's bracket. 

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