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LOGGERS CRUISING AT 5-0

Two wins at the PLU Thanksgiving Classic last weekend lifted the Puget Sound men’s basketball team to a 5-0 start to the season.

The Loggers beat Evergreen State 88-76 on Nov. 25 behind Edric Egberuare’s 18 points and eight rebounds. Six Loggers scored in double figures, as Anthony Gittens tallied 12 points and 12 rebounds and Kaleb Shelton-Johnson added 16 points, five rebounds and four steals. The Loggers also got a strong contribution from the bench, as Riggs Yarbro chipped in with 16 points and eight rebounds and Ryan Rogers had 12 points, four rebounds, five assists and two steals.

The Loggers upset 21st-ranked Wisconsin-River Falls 67-64 on Nov. 26, as Yarbro led the way with 16 points and Derek Jobe added 14 points and seven rebounds. Shelton-Johnson claimed the lead for good with two free throws to put the Loggers up 65-64 with under a minute to play, as the senior forward finished with 13 points.

The Loggers begin Northwest Conference play with trips to Pacific (Ore.) on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. and at Willamette on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

TCC WINS TWO AT TOURNEY

The Tacoma Community College men’s basketball team kicked of their season with two wins at the Skagit Valley Turkey Tourney on Nov. 25-27.

The Titans got off to a quick and powerful start in beating Wenatchee Valley 103-71 on Nov. 25 before falling 79-70 to Clackamas on Nov. 26. Demetrius Smith led TCC with 15 points in the loss to the Cougars, and Nate Walker added 11 points and nine rebounds.

The Titans bounced back to win 80-77 over Skagit Valley on Nov. 27, as Mark McLaughlin went 14-for-22 from the field for a team-high 41 points while adding 10 rebounds. McLaughlin was 4-for-7 from three-point range and 9-for-13 from the free throw line. Dominique Williams added 12 points on four three-pointers while adding five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

The Titans now travel to play at Seattle on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

PLU WOMEN ROLL

Led by Samantha Potter’s 16 points and 13 rebounds, the Pacific Lutheran women’s basketball team improved to 2-0 with a 77-45 win over St. Joseph’s College (Brooklyn) on Nov. 25.

Potter was 7-for-11 from the field and the Lutes had a 62-38 rebounding advantage over the Lady Bears. Pacific Lutheran was also dominant defensively, limiting St. Joseph’s to 24 percent shooting from the field and collecting 15 steals, led by Shelly Kilcup’s four. Kilcup added 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocks, and Katelyn Smith had 10 points and seven rebounds. Austin Schorno had a team-high five assists and eight rebounds for the Lutes, who jumped out to a 17-2 lead and outscored the Lady Bears 45-25 in the second half.

The Lutes, at 2-0, begin conference play when they travel to Willamette on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. and at Linfield on Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

LUTES MEN FALL TWICE

The Pacific Lutheran men’s basketball team suffered two losses last weekend at the PLU Thanksgiving Classic to even their record at 2-2 on the season.

Kai Hoyt led the Lutes with 15 points and seven rebounds in a 68-59 loss to Wisconsin-River Falls on Nov. 25. The Lutes shot just 37 percent as a team, but Andrew Earnest added 13 points and five rebounds and James Conti had 11 points.

Earnest had 25 points and Conti added 23 points in a 79-72 overtime loss to Evergreen State on Nov. 26, as 24 turnovers led to the Lutes’ demise. Hoyt tallied 15 points and nine rebounds for the Lutes, who were given a chance in overtime when Evergreen State missed two free throws with three seconds left in regulation. Conti added five assists, five steals and six rebounds for the Lutes, who start NWC play with games at Willamette on Dec. 2 at 8 p.m. and at Linfield on Dec. 3 at 8 p.m.

GRIDIRON CLASSIC THIS WEEKEND

Six state high school football championships will be determined during Gridiron Classic at Tacoma Dome this weekend. Fans who attend the event on a regular basis will see many familiar teams.

Two games will take place on Dec. 2. Almira Coulee Hartline faces Neah Bay at 4 p.m. in the 1B title game. Almira demolished Pomeroy 46-6 on Nov. 26, while Neah Bay advances after rolling past Odessa-Harrington 74-34 last weekend.

Perennial powerhouse Bellevue takes on O’Dea, another school with a strong winning tradition, in the 3A championship at 7:30 p.m. The Wolverines are aiming for a fourth consecutive title and ninth in 11 seasons. They and the O’Dea Irish both come into the game with 13-0 records. O’Dea beat Mount Si 17-3 and Capital 19-16 before defeating Camas 21-13 last weekend to advance. Bellevue began its playoff run with a 42-0 rout of Eastside Catholic and an impressive 35-14 victory over Lakes before facing a stronger test from Kamiakin, who they beat 21-10 on Nov. 26 in Tri-Cities.

Two of the top 2A programs in Washington meet at 10 a.m. on Dec. 3. Lynden edged North Thurston, then beat Interlake by 27 pointing before eliminating W.F. West 17-

7 last weekend. Archbishop Murphy will play in the title game for the fifth time in 10 years. The Wildcats’ playoff run has consisted of decisive victories – 41-6 against Tumwater, 34-0 over Othello and 50-14 against Prosser last weekend in Tri-Cities.

Connell takes on Cascade Christian of Puyallup for the 1A title at 1 p.m. This marks the third year in a row the teams have met in the championship. This marks Cascade Christian’s fourth title game in a row. The Cougars edged Montesano 29-28 in triple overtime last weekend to advance to state, while Connell demolished Chelan 42-14 in their semifinal.

Waitsburg/Prescott faces Morton/White Pass in the 2B championship at 4 p.m. The Timberwolves won their last two playoff games by a combined total of seven points, including an overtime victory against Napavine on Nov. 25. Waitsburg/Prescott has dominated its post-seasons foes, with its closest game a 42-13 victory over Colfax last weekend.

Skyline takes on Skyview at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 for the 4A title. Skyline has beaten Mead 27-17, Central Valley 52-17 and edged Woodinville 26-21 last weekend. This is the fourth straight season the Spartans have finished with a title game in Tacoma. They began the 2011 campaign ranked first, before falling from the Top 10 after three losses in the regular season. Skyview beat Kentwood 34-7, Bellarmine Prep 42-17 and defeated Lake Stevens 38-14 in the semi-finals.

Tickets for the two-day football fiesta range from $11 to $23.

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