The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, March 02, 1983, Image 8

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    Cougars end winning season with O.T. loss
By Doug Vaughan
Of The Print
Achieving the best record
in the school’s history, 21-10,
the Clackamas Community
College men’s basketball team
got knocked out of the playoffs
for a regional berth as they lost
to a “very talented” Chem-
eketa Community College
team, Coach Royce Kiser said.
Before the loss to
Chemeketa, Feb. 26, the
Cougars stormed past Blue
Mountain Community College,
92-77 the night before. The
Cougars needed to beat three
teams consecutively in order to
gain a regional spot.
In Friday night’s victory
the Cougs got a stream of fire­
power from the trio of Jim Im-
per, Bob Nippert and Tom
Welle. The three combined for
65 of the Cougar’s points.
Welle, who led the way for
Clackamas, threw in 25 points
and grabbed a team high 17 re­
bounds.
Nippert and Imper each
tallied for 20 points for the
Cougars. Welle’s board work
was supported by 15 from Nip­
pert, while Imper dished out a
team high of seven assists.
“The last ten minutes of
the ball game we took over and
played outstanding basketball,”
Kiser said. “At half-time, the
game was tied at 40, but the se­
cond half we just ate them up.”
Kiser also pointed out the
exceptional play of the Cougar
guards. Kelly Burke distributed
six assists, while Mark
McLaughlin came off the bench
to add six. The Cougar
backcourt committed only 10
turnovers.
“They (Blue Mountain) had a
very talented team,” Kiser said.
“They shot exceptionally well
and had good size.”
The deadlock at halftime
was broken when Kiser’s squad
closed down the Blue Moun­
tain passing lanes and got a few
easy break-aways, Kiser said.
Another asset for the Cougars were really concentrating on
was that they forced their op­ stopping him so it helped out
ponents into a man-to-man our other guys.”
defense which Kiser felt enabl­
Kiser feels that not
ed the Cougars to get “back everything was lost in the over­
doors” all the time.
time loss to Chemeketa as the
The next night did not go future looks very bright for his
as well as the second half of the team.
Blue Mountain game as the
“This is by far the best
Cougars had a hard time fin­ team I have coached here,”
ding the basket and fell to Kiser said. “They have more
Chemeketa in overtime, talent and are very intelligent
61-57.
people.
Kiser’s team had a very
“The two leading scorers
poor shooting night, 23 for 74, will be back next year along
due to several reasons.
with several others,” Kiser said.
“They played fairly good “The ones we want back, we
defense. They had a 6’10” guy will probably get.”
Assistant coach, Paul
who blocked a few of our shots
early in the game, Kiser said. Fiskum feels the same way
“Also, I think we might have towards this year’s team and
the future of basketball at
been getting fouled on a lot of Clackamas.
our inside shots.”
“They are the best basket­
Putting in another solid ball team I have seen at
performance for the Cougars at Clackamas, and on top of that
point guard was Burke who they are the best quality group
was the only Cougar to hit 50 of guys that I have been
percent of his shots with a 5 for around,” Fiskum said.
10 mark. Along with his 10
points the backcourter pulled
down seven boards for the
Cougars.
Leading the team in scor-
ing despite a 4 for 16 shooting
By Rob Conner
performance was 6’6” forward Of
The Print
Jim Hill. He also added eleven
The Clackamas Com­
rebounds.
munity College women’s
Having an off-game for basketball season came to an
the Cougars, but still a factor in
abrupt halt Friday night. A loss
their performance, Kiser said, at the hands of Lane Com­
was Welle. He pulled down a
munity College, 67-57, put an
team-high 12 rebounds, but end to any hopes of further
failed to hit a shot from the field post season play.
in 10 attempts.
Clackamas would have
One reason for his frustra­ had to beat Lane, the fourth
tion was foul trouble. Welle place team in the league from
picked up three before which the college defected
halftime, and a fourth early in from this year, then defeat the
the second half. Kiser took him third and second place teams in
out of the line-up until nine succession to gain a regional
minutes left when Chemeketa berth.
started to pull away from the
The one statistic which
Cougs. Welle ended up fouling
was Clackamas’ big weakness
out with six minutes left.
throughout the year did them
“Even though he (Welle)
in, in the long run; foul
did not have an exceptional shooting. Most all team
game his presence out there
statistics were even or in the
helped,” Kiser said. “They Cougars’ favor. The bottom
line was Clackamas’ inability to
convert from the charity stripe.
Lane hit 20 of 24 while the
A FLYING COUGAR-Guard Kelly Burke soars through the
key. Burke dished out six assists in the playoff victory
over Blue Mountain.
p/e photo
Lane Women down Cougs
Cougars could manage only 7
of 20.
In fact, Clackamas outre­
bounded Lane 37-27, and
even got off one shot more
than their opponents. The tur­
novers were also dead even at
27 apiece.
Clackamas trailed the en­
tire game but did make a run in
the closing minutes. With 2:40
left in the second half Denise
Wheatley hit two long range
jumpers to pull to within three
points. On Lane’s next posses­
sion Clackamas fouled Debbie
Bredeson. Bredeson, who was
a perfect ten of ten from the
line, calmly sank both shots to
put the game out of reach.
“We got into foul trouble
early,” Coach Nancy Mikleton
stated. “We had a couple girls
on the bench in the first half
and Mary (Christenson) and
Terri (Kelly) played most of the
second half with four fouls.”
A stand out performance
was turned in by Sophomore
forward Mary Christenson.
“Mary probably played her best
game ever at Clackamas. She
did lots of good things,”
Mikleton said. Good would
have to be an understatement.
Christenson kept Clackamas
close with a 20 point effort.
Kathy Strickler, who took
over a large portion of the scor­
ing burden down the stretch,
went down with a leg injury
early in the game. “She’s going
to be out for six to eight
weeks,” Mikleton said of the
high scoring sophomore guard.
Jamie Hill and Denise
Wheatley scored 10 and nine
respectively. Terri Jo Kelly also
grabbed a team high of nine re­
bounds.
Clackamas ended with a
final season record of 21 and 8,
including 16 of their last 19
games.
Basketball tourney slated for college
A tournament for local city
league Basketball teams will be
held at Clackamas Community
College March 4-6. The tour­
nament will be single elimina­
tion and will feature A and B
divisions.
“We haven’t gotten the
response that I have wanted (in
the past),” tournament coor­
dinator Paul Fiskum said. “In
the past we have had a mix of
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that four teams would be
enough interest to hold the
event, but in past tournament’s
very little interest was shown.
The A and B division is
determined by the city leagues
on the team’s ability.
An $85 registration fee is
required to participate in the
tournament. The fee covers the
cost of referees, trophies, and
other miscellaneous expenses.
Team registration must be
met by March 2. For further in­
formation, contact the Com­
munity Recreation Office at the
College, ext. 211.
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