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2008-09 SEASON RECAP

Record: 13-1, 29-3 - Southern Region Champs - NWAACC Champions

Clackamas men complete NWAACC title run

By Ben Reynolds, Tri-City Herald staff writer

2009 NWAACC Champions :: Clackamas Cougars

KENNEWICK, WA -- It just wouldn't have been right if the men's championship game ended in regulation.

After Clackamas survived two overtimes Saturday night to beat defending champion Yakima Valley and Lower Columbia needed some extra time to beat Highline, the two teams needed an extra five minutes to settle the final Sunday night.

And this one wasn't decided until the final half-second.

Lower Columbia's Alex King had his catch-and-shoot fall short at the horn and top-ranked Clackamas survived in a 71-69 thriller at Toyota Center.

"Nobody can say we had and easy road," said Clackamas coach Clif Wegner said.

Chehales Tapscott Tournament MVPIt is the second title in three seasons for the Cougars (29-3).

Lower Columbia (20-11), the tournament underdog, was the first No. 4 seed to reach the championship game since Highline in 2001.

 

After the game, coach Jim Roffler was not happy just to have his team reach the title game for the third time in six seasons.

"We should have got some better shots down the stretch," he said. "It was there for the taking."

Tournament most valuable player Chehales Tapscott scored 18 points and grabbed a team-high 16 rebounds. Austin Dunn led the Cougars with 19 points, including five of his team's eight points in overtime.

"We're all a little tired right now, but this feels great," Tapscott said.

The win also had sentimental meaning for the Cougars, who lost longtime assistant coach Jim Worden earlier this year to cancer.

"This is for Jimmy," said Wegner, whose players wore Worden's initials on their jerseys.

 

Clackamas' road to the title game was filled with close calls like Sunday night.

In the opening round, the Cougars went down to the final minutes before beating Whatcom. Then, they found a way to rally past third-ranked Tacoma in the semifinals.

And then Saturday night, they needed an extra 10 minutes get past fifth-ranked Yakima. Finally, they dodged a late 3-pointer at the end of regulation, and a short jump shot that came up empty in overtime. The Cougars won their four games by a combined 24 points.

"We had a hell of a path to go through to get here." Wegner said.

Lower Columbia, which trailed by as many as 12 points in the first half, had the ball with 16.9 seconds left in regulation and the game tied at 63.

That was despite shooting just 27-of-74 (36 percent) from the floor, and included just 3 of 23 shooting from Ryan Freeman and Marice Tolliver, two of the Red Devils leading scores. The two finished with a combined eight points, after averaing 26 points per game.

Jeray Key led Lower Columbia with 21 points and Alex King added 15 points and 13 rebounds.

"It should have never came down (to the last play)," Roffler said.

 

NON-LEAGUE SCHEDULE
DATE
OPPONENT
LOCATION
TIME
RESULT
W/L
Nov 01 NWAACC Jamboree (scimmage) HOME View times Results can not be posted for scrimmages
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Nov 9 Linfield Varsity (srimmage) McMinnville, OR 5pm
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Nov 21 Linfield JV HOME 8:00 pm W 101-76 [box] [recap]
1-0
Nov 28 Red Devil Classic
Grays Harbor, Spokane, Yakima, Everett, Lower Columbia, Peninsula, SW Oregon
Longview, WA   W Grays Harbor 102-81[box]
2-0
Nov 29   L Yakima Valley 86-87 [box]
2-1
Nov 30   W Everett 107- 79 [box]
[Tournament recap]
3-1
Dec 02 Concordia JV HOME 7:00 pm W 103-64 [recap]
4-1
Dec 05 Spokane HOME 7:00 pm W 100-98 [recap]
5-1
Dec 09 Linfield JV HOME 7:00 pm W 92-65 [recap]
6-1
Dec 13 Skagit Valley HOME 7:00 pm W 87-70 [recap]
7-1
Dec16 Columbia Basin Pasco, WA. 6:00 pm L 81-84 [recap]
7-2
Dec 19 NWAACC Crossover Tourney Shoreline, Everett, Columbia Basin, Big Bend, Highline, Lower Columbia, Chemeketa, CCC Des Moines, WA 4pm W Peninsula 80-63 [recap]
8-2
Dec 20   W Everett 97-59 [recap]
9-2
    Sunday games canceled
Dec 29 Clackamas Holiday Tourney
Umpqua, Linn Benton, Tacoma, Blue Mountain, Lower Columbia, Peninsula, Walla Walla, CCC
HOME

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7:00pm W Blue Mountain 107-90 [R]
10-2
Dec 30 7:00pm W Walla Walla 107-102 [R]
11-2
Dec 31 2:00pm W Tacoma 79-73 [recap]
Cougars win championship
12-2
SOUTHERN DIVISION LEAGUE SCHEDULE
DATE
OPPONENT
LOCATION
TIME
RESULT
W/L
Jan 07 Chemeketa Salem, OR 7:30 pm W 83-65 [recap]
1-0
(13-2)
Jan 10 Southwestern Coos Bay, OR 6:00 pm W 112-84 [recap]
2-0
(14-2)
Jan 14 Mt. Hood HOME 7:30 pm W 100-90 [recap]
3-0
(15-2)
Jan 16 Linn Benton HOME 7:30 pm W 90-77 [recap]
4-0
(16-2)
Jan 21 Portland Portland, OR 7:30 pm W 106-63 [recap]
5-0
(17-2)
Jan 24 Lane HOME 6:00 pm W 101-66 [recap]
6-0
(18-2)
Jan 28 Umpqua Roseburg, OR 7:30 pm W 97-71 [recap]
7-0
(19-2)
Jan 31 Southwestern HOME 6:00 pm W 118-85 [recap]
8-0
(20-2)
Feb 07 Linn Benton Albany, OR 6:00 pm W 94-83 [recap]
9-0
(21-2)
Feb 11 Chemeketa HOME 7:30 pm W 101-88 [recap]
10-0
(22-2)
Feb 14 Lane Eugene, OR 6:00 pm W 87-54 [recap]
11-0
(23-2)
Feb 18 Mt. Hood Gresham, OR 7:30 pm L 87-94 [recap]
11-1
(23-3)
Feb 21 Umpqua HOME 6:00 pm W 100-51 [recap]
12-1
(24-3)
Feb 25 Portland HOME 7:30 pm W 106-76 [recap]
13-1
(25-3)
Mar
05-08
NWAACC Championship Tournament
Toyota Center - Kennewick, WA
[Map]

See NWAACC Championships for more information
W 76-72 Whatcom
W 71-60 Tacoma
W 108-101 2OT Yakima
W 71-69 OT Lower Columbia
Cougars 2009
NWAACC Champions
[Championship Recap]

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29-3
   

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