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Eagles Defeat Cavaliers, Move on to Semifinal
Northwest University overcame a six point halftime deficit to defeat Concordia University, 92-83, in the quarterfinals of the Cascade Conference post season tournament tonight. With the victory, Northwest, the No. 2 seed, moves on to host the CCC semifinal game against No. 3 seed Warner Pacific on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7 p.m. With the win, NU head coach, John Van Dyke posted his 200th career win.
Concordia shot 60% in the first half and 57% from the 3 point line to take a 42-36 lead at the half. Northwest went 1-16 from the 3 point line in the half (6%) and managed just 35% shooting on 14 for 40 shooting. The Cavaliers controlled the pace of the half with their pressure defense and transition offense. After taking an early 8-4 lead, Concordia would go on a 9-0 run to lead 13-8 with 15:12 left in the half. NU would stay close, but Kevan West’s jumper with 12:04 on the clock would increase the CU lead to 19-11. Northwest would battle back and Michael Greene‘s short jumper at the 5:34 mark would make it 29-25 Concordia. CU led 42-33 and 41 seconds on the clock, but Rich Skillman would hit the lone NU trey at the buzzer to make it a six point Cavalier lead at the break.
Northwest would open the second half with a 12-6 run to tie the score at 48-all at the 17:17 mark. The Eagles would take the lead for good as Ahmaad Cook drilled a three and Rich Skillman hit a driving layup, to put NU up 53-48 with 15:35 remaining. Kevan West would hit a jumper to pull CU to within one, 53-52, but NU would answer with a 10-1 run as Jordan Call would cap it off with a 3 pointer from the corner and a driving layup with 11:51 to go. Concordia would put the pressure on late in the contest, but NU close out the game going 7 for 8 from the free throw line.
Northwest (26-3) was led by sophomore Michael Greene with his 24 points and 7 rebounds. Jordan Call added 20 points, Rich Skillman scored 19 points, Ahmaad Cook contributed 13 points and Jason Waltman had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the double-double. Northwest out rebounded Concordia 45-36. NU shot 44% for the game.
Concordia’s (14-16) Kevan West and Drew Preuninger tied for team high honors with 19 points each while teammate Gage Aker added 14 points for the Cavaliers. Austin Dunn registered 12 points in the Cavalier’s final game of the season. CU shot 47% for the game.
“Our guys persevered in one of our worst shooting first halves,” stated John Van Dyke, “and never lost confidence and continued to play defense which kept us in the game. Jason Waltman came up with some huge offensive rebounds in the second half which gave us some important second chances. Credit Concordia with really playing a solid game.”