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    The Clackamas Print
Wednesday, February 14,1996
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Men take out Umpqua, prepare for post-season
Jesse Sowa
Sports Editor
The Clackamas Community
College men’s basketball team
improved to 10-1 in league play
with an impressive 93-66 home
victory over Umpqua on Monday
night.
Clackamas is currently tied
for first with Chemeketa CC in
the Southern Region of the North­
west Athletic Association of Com­
munity Colleges (NWAACC).
The Cougars led Umpqua by
20 at halftime and cruised to the
easy win. Aaron Pearson led
Clackamas with 20 points and
seven assists. Jawanza Hadley
added 19 points and eight assists.
The Cougars beat Southwest­
ern Oregon CC (SWOCC), 75-69,
at home on Saturday. Clackamas
photo by Jesse Sowa
Jay Lassen posts up an Umpqua opponent on Monday.
built a big lead early in the sec­
ond half, but had to hold off the
visiting Lakers in the closing min­
utes.
With a 36-25 lead at halftime
and a 54-34 advantage with 11:30
remaining in the game, things ap­
peared to be going the right way
for the Cougars.
SWOCC got back into the
game with good ball movement
and some transition baskets off of
several unforced turnovers by
Clackamas. The Lakers trailed by
10 with six minutes to go and by
four with 2:30 on the clock.
Hadley drove to the hole for
two and Pearson sank two free
throws, giving the Cougars a 68-
60 lead with one minute to go.
Clackamas held on for the win as
the Lakers missed several open
shots and Pearson was able to hit
8 of 10 foul shots in the double
bonus during the final seconds.
“We weren’t really running
our offense very well,” Pearson
said of the Cougars’ letdown dur­
ing the last 10 minutes.
Despite Clackamas losing
their sizable lead, Pearson knew
that his team would hold on.
“We’ve got good character as
a team,” he said. J‘Jawanza
(Hadley) hit some big shots. We
played tough.”
Leif Spencer and Hadley led
the Cougars in scoring with 17
apiece. Spencer added 15 re-
photo by Jesse Sowa
Clackamas post Jay Lassen shoots for two against
Southwestern Oregon at home on Saturday night.
bounds. Jay Lassen scored 10
points and grabbed 14 rebounds.
Clackamas plays host to Port­
land CC tonight and travels to
Albany on Saturday to take on
Linn-Benton CC. Both games be­
gin at 8 p.m. The Cougars travel
to Salem on Monday to play
Chemeketa CC in a game
originality scheduled for Feb. 7.
Women fall to Chemeketa, drop into first-place tie
Jesse Sowa
Sports Editor
The CCC women’s basket­
ball team dropped only its fourth
game of the year and second in
league play with an 86-67 loss to
Chemeketa Community College
in Salem on Monday night.
The defeat dropped Clacka­
mas to 10-2 in the Southern Re­
gion of the Northwest Athletic
Association of Community Col­
leges (NWAACC). The Cougars
are now tied with Chemeketa for
first in the Southern Region.
Clackamas, who defeated
Chemeketa at home earlier in the
season, had trouble early on with
the Chiefs’ defense. The Cougars
were unable to get good looks at
the basket and trailed 40-32 at
halftime.
Early in the second half, the
Cougars cut the lead to seven on
consecutive baskets by Clair Cox.
Following a steal and score by
Lindsay Hatch, Chemeketa scored
the next nine points to take a 60-
46 lead with 15 minutes remain­
ing.
This seemed to dictate the
rest of the game. Clackamas
would make a strong run and cut
the lead to single digits, but the
Chiefs would answer with a run
of their own and build the lead
up again. The Cougars cut the
lead under 10 several times, but
untimely unforced turnovers al­
lowed Chemeketa to hold on for
the win.
Clackamas Coach Karen
Twain expected the Chiefs to
come out and play zone defense,
but her team was faced with a
tough man defense that they
struggled with throughout the
game. The Cougars shot just 28
photo by Jesse Sowa
Clackamas post Robin Barchus takes a baseline jumper
against Southwestern Oregon at home on Saturday.
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percent during the first half and
just over thirty for the game.
“We shot real poorly,” Twain
said. “We didn’t execute our of­
fense at all tonight.
On Saturday, the Cougars
defeated Southwestern Oregon
(SWOCC) 71-61 in Randall Hall.
Clackamas held off the Lakers
after SWOCC had cut the lead to
two with just under three minutes
remaining.
The first half was one of scor­
ing streaks as the Lakers then
scored the next nine points to take
a 19-14 lead with 9:15 to go. The
Cougars then held SWOCC score­
less over the next six minutes and
scored the next 13 points of the
game to lead 27-19 with 3:17 left
in the half.
Tight defense by both teams
kept the score low as Clackamas
led 31-22 at halftime.
The two teams continued to
battle closely during the first 10
minutes of the second half.
Clackamas extended their defense
and kept the Lakers, outside
shooters, from getting easy looks
at the basket.
The Cougars broke open the
game and led by as many as 10,
but several turnovers by Clacka­
mas helped SWOCC close the gap
to two with 2:45 to go. An assist
by Haselwood to Barchus and a
three-point bomb by Haselwood
put the Cougars up for good.
Should Clackamas and
Chemeketa win both of their
games this week, a tie-breaker
game would be played sometime
early next week.
Clackamas plays host to Port­
land CC tonight and will travel
to Albany on Saturday to take on
Linn-Benton CC. Both contests
begin at 6 p.m.