UPS WOMEN SPLIT AT TOURNEY
The University of Puget Sound women’s basketball team split a pair of contests at the Lady Yote Classic on Nov. 29-30 in Caldwell, Idaho to move to 5-2 on the season.
The Loggers fell 78-64 to the College of Idaho on Nov. 29, shooting just 38 percent from the field and going 2-for-15 from three-point range. Emily Sheldon – who sank both the Loggers’ three-pointers – finished with a team-high 19 points, while Amanda Forshay was 7-for-12 from the field for 17 points while adding eight rebounds. Erica Martinez had a game-high 26 points for the Coyotes.
But the Loggers responded with an 82-77 win over Eastern Oregon on Nov. 30, as Sheldon went 4-for-5 on three-pointers and finished with a team-high 24 points, with six rebounds and four assists. Five Loggers were in double digits in points, as Forshay finished with 13, Ashley Agcaoili had 11 and Katy Ainslie and Allie Wyszynski had 10 apiece. The Loggers were 9-for-14 from three-point range as a team and finished with 17 assists collectively.
UPS returns to action when it travels to face Evergreen State College on Dec. 11 at 6 p.m.
TITANS FALL IN FIRST TWO
The Tacoma Community College men’s basketball team kicked off its season with a pair of defeats at the Skagit Valley Tournament on Nov. 29-30.
Sporting almost an entirely new squad, the Titans fell 81-67 to Big Bend on Nov. 29, as they couldn’t claw back from an 18-point deficit at the half. Marquis Blackwell led the Titans with 20 points on 8-for-17 shooting from the field, and added a team-high eight rebounds. The Titans collectively out-rebounded the Runnin Vikes 34-19, but couldn’t contain Big Bend’s Brendan Westendorf, who was 13-for-18 from the field for a game-high 33 points. Bellarmine Prep grad Isaiah Flynn added 14 points for the Titans, while Curtis product Andre Lewis had nine points and four rebounds for TCC.
Blackwell added 19 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-52 loss to Clackamas on Nov. 30, as the Titans shot just 27 percent from the field in the game. Flynn had five points, five assists and two steals, while Anthony Harper chipped in with 10 points for the Titans. But TCC committed 15 turnovers that led to 25 points for the Cougars, creating a big difference in the margin.
The Titans were scheduled to travel to Olympic on Dec. 4, and will host Olympic in their home opener on Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.
LUTES SPLIT AS HOSTS
The Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball team sat at 3-3 overall after splitting a pair of games in the PLU Thanksgiving Classic on Nov. 29-30.
The Lutes won 68-54 over St. Mary’s (Minn.) on Nov. 29, as Arvid Isaksen led four double-digit scorers for PLU by going 7-for-10 from the field for 15 points, while adding eight rebounds. The Lutes shot out to a 33-22 lead at the half after going 16-for-29 from the field in the period. Bryce Miller had 12 points for PLU, while Daniel Landram and Kai Hoyt added 11 apiece.
But the Lutes were topped 90-83 by Denison on Nov. 30, surrendering a four-point lead at the break. Miller and Brandon Lester finished with 16 points apiece for PLU, and Hoyt was 7-for-12 for 14 points. The Lutes shot 59.3 percent from the field in the first half, as Lester hit three three-pointers and was 4-for-4 from the field in the period. But Denison answered by shooting 62.5 percent from the field in the second half, as Darius White sank all four of his three-point attempts to lead the way.
The Lutes will take some time off before hosting St. Martin’s on Dec. 14 at 8 p.m. and travelling to Key Arena to take on Seattle University on Dec. 15 at 2 p.m.
LOGGER MEN SNAP SKID
The Puget Sound men’s basketball team snapped a four-game losing streak with an 80-57 win over St. Mary’s (Minn.) on Nov. 30 at the PLU Thanksgiving Classic.
Nick Holden led the effort with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting, and Rex Nelson had 12 points and four of the Loggers’ 16 assists in the game. Six Loggers scored off the bench, as Keith Shattuck came in to sink three of his five three-pointers and finish with 11 points. Leading 39-32 at the break, the Loggers used a quick 9-0 run to take control early in the second period.
They had fallen 71-69 to Denison – the Loggers’ third straight defeat of two points or less – in their tourney opener on Nov. 29 despite another monster effort from Holden, who finished with 14 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks and four assists. Rex Nelson had a team-high 19 points while Dan Cheledinas added 10 points in the loss for the Loggers, who shot just 38.3 percent from the field.
The Loggers will travel to face Evergreen State on Dec. 11 at 8 p.m.
DEGROOT NAMED NATIONAL COACH OF THE YEAR
Fresh off Bellarmine Prep’s second straight 4A state title, Lions head coach Jody DeGroot was named one of two national coaches of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association last week.
DeGroot, who has been the Lions’ head coach since 2002, led her squad to a 35-0 record, as Bellarmine Prep lost just four sets the entire season. Under her tenure, the Lions have earned five Narrows League titles, appeared at the state meet eight times and finished in the top ten three times. The Lions were also the seventh team – joining Ingraham, Kent-Meridian, Renton, Shadle Park, Kentlake and Mead – to post back-to-back 4A titles.
The AVCA will formally present the National High School Coaches of the Year Awards at the 2013 Jostens Coaches Honors Luncheon in Seattle on Dec. 19. As a result of the honor, DeGroot will lead Team West in the Under Armour All-America Volleyball Match & Skills Challenge on Dec. 20 at Key Arena.