NIC men outlast Everett in 2OTs, advance to NWAC tourney semis

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EVERETT, Wash. — RayQuan Evans scored 47 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds left in double overtime, as North Idaho College outlasted Everett Community College 112-110 in the quarterfinals of the Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament late Sunday night.

NIC (23-8), the third seed from the East Region, will play Portland (26-5), the top seed from the South Region, in the semifinals next Saturday at 4 p.m. at Everett.

Gio Jackson scored 35 points for Everett (26-5), the top seed from the North Region.

Everett led 71-67 with 11.5 seconds left in regulation. Tyler Brimhall’s driving layup for NIC cut the lead to two. Everett turned the ball over on the inbounds pass, and Aushanti Potts-Woods scored on a putback with .3 seconds remaining to force overtime.

Potts-Woods added 25 for NIC.

NIC jumped out to a seven-point lead in overtime, and still led by four with 17 seconds left.

Everett answered with two free throws, then after NIC missed two free throws with 6.4 seconds left, Gio Jackson drove the length of the court to tie it at the buzzer and force a second overtime.

NORTH IDAHO

RayQuan Evans 16-32 10-12 47, Aushanti Potts-Woods 9-13 4-6 25, Tyler Brimhall 5-12 2-4 14, Jalen Burkett 5-11 2-4 12, Iain McLaughlin 2-4 2-2 6, Charles Williams 1-4 1-2 3, Jarod Greene 1-4 1-2 3, Seth Christiaens 1-1 0-0 2, Brody Lundblad 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-81 22-32 112.

EVERETT

Gio Jackson 11-21 10-13 35, Conner Moffat 6-9 4-6 21, Cameron Plautz 7-13 3-3 20, Markieth Brown Jr. 5-17 0-0 14, Chase Strieby 1-7 4-4 6, Bryson Kelley 2-7 0-2 4, Coleman Grayson 1-7 2-2 4, Brett Johnson 1-3 0-0 3, Tori Odom 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 35-87 23-30 110.

Halftime — NIC 33-26. Regulation — 71-71. First OT — 92-92. 3-point goals — NIC 10-24 (Evans 5-10, Potts-Woods 3-4, Brimhall 2-7, McLaughlin 0-1, Williams 0-2), ECC 17-53 (Jackson 3-8, Moffatt 5-8, Plautz 3-7, Brown 4-15, Stireby 0-4, Kelley 0-4, Grayson 0-2, Johnson 1-3, Odom 1-2). Rebounds, NIC 49 (Brimhall 12), ECC 45 Plautz 12. Assists — NIC 10 (Evans 5), ECC 16 (Jackson 4). Fouled out — Burkett, Williams, Greene, Brown, Plautz. Total fouls — NIC 27, ECC 25.

• LATE SATURDAY

North Idaho 86

Lower Columbia 68

EVERETT, Wash. — RayQuan Evans totaled 27 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists and six steals as North Idaho College broke out to a big lead in beating Lower Columbia in the first round of the Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament late Saturday night at Everett Community College.

Jarod Greene added 17 points for NIC (22-8), which led by as much as 28 points in the second half before Lower Columbia (20-9) pulled to within 10 points.

NIC, the third seed from the East Region shot 56.5 percent (35 of 62) from the field. Lower Columbia, the second seed from the West Region, shot 35.6 percent (21 of 59).

Brandon Cotton led Lower Columbia with 17 points.

NORTH IDAHO

RayQuan Evans 11-16 5-7 27, Jalen Burkett 3-7 4-4 11, Charles Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Jarod Greene 8-9 1-1 17, Tyler Brimhall 6-12 1-5 15, Aushanti Potts-Woods 4-9 0-0 9, Iain McLaughlin 2-3 0-0 5, Jacob Cowley 0-0 0-0 0, Seth Christiaens 0-1 0-0 0, Keegan Crosby 0-0 0-0 0. Totlas 35-62 11-17 86.

LOWER COLUMBIA

Devonte Dennis 0-2 0-0 0, Kyle Daugherty 3-8 2-2 10, Brandon Cotton 5-10 7-8 17, Dwayne Stewart 1-2 0-0 2, Spencer Sweet 5-15 0-0 12, Seth Hall 0-2 0-0 0, Said Ali 1-5 0-0 2, Donald Scott 3-7 2-2 8, Wesley Gilbert 1-5 8-10 10, Alec Canete-Hall 1-2 0-0 3, Bricin Ford 1-1 2-2 4. Totals 21-59 21-24 68.

Halftime — NIC 42-21. 3-point goals — NIC 5-16 (Evans 0-1, Burkett 1-2, Williams 0-2, Brimhall 2-4, Potts-Woods 1-5, McLaughlin 1-2), LC 5-27 (Dennis 0-1, Daugherty 2-5, Cotton 0-4, Sweet 2-11, Hall 0-1, Ali 0-2, Scott 0-1, Canete-Hall 1-2). Rebounds — NIC 35 (Evans 10), LC 31 (Gilbert 9). Assists — NIC 18 (Evans 7), LC 8 (Cotton, Ford 3). Fouled out — none. Total fouls — NIC 19, LC 13.

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MEN

SWEET 16

Saturday’s Games

Peninsula 87, Clackamas 74

South Puget Sound 76, Yakima Valley 75

Linn-Benton 81, Edmonds 72

Walla Walla 84, Centralia 80

Spokane 97, Tacoma 77

Portland 72, Bellevue 67

Everett 97, Chemeketa 93

North Idaho 86, Lower Columbia 68

ELITE 8

Sunday’s Games

Peninsula 69, South Puget Sound 59

Linn-Benton 84, Walla Walla 75

Portland 93, Spokane 65

North Idaho 112, Everett 110, 2OT

FINAL FOUR

Saturday, March 17

Game 13 — Peninsula (21-10) vs. Linn-Benton (22-9), 2 p.m.

Game 14 — Portland (26-5) vs. North Idaho (23-8), 4

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, March 18

Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 2:30 p.m.

WOMEN

SWEET 16

Thursday’s Games

Columbia Basin 81, Centralia 46

Umpqua 83, Peninsula 62

Lower Columbia 84, North Idaho 63

Bellevue 61, Mt. Hood 57

Everett 102, Clackamas 77

Big Bend 70, Grays Harbor 59

Walla Walla 78, Highline 37

Lane 83, Skagit Valley 43

ELITE 8

Friday’s Games

Umpqua 93, Columbia Basin 66

Bellevue 70, Lower Columbia 62

Big Bend 89, Everett 79

Walla Walla 85, Lane 62

FINAL FOUR

Saturday, March 17

Game 13 — Umpqua (30-1) vs. Bellevue (22-8), 6 p.m.

Game 14 — Big Bend (22-9) vs. Walla Walla (30-1), 8

CHAMPIONSHIP

Sunday, March 18

Winner Game 13 vs. Winner Game 14, 5:15 p.m.

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