MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cards Knock off Sasquatch to Regain East Region Lead
The Community Colleges of Spokane Men's Basketball team came into Christianson Gymnasium on Saturday evening riding an 8 game winning streak, and No. 1 ranking in the NWAC in the battle for first place against East Region co-leader North Idaho College. After a dominating second half, the Cardinals soundly defeated the Sasquatch 93-71 to win the border clash and regain sole possession of first place.
The Cards were down by 10 points in the first half and trailed 44-41 at the break. But a different team emerged from the locker room and the Cards led by as many as 27 points in the second half, outscoring CCS 52-27.
The resurgence was sparked by point guard Sam Dowd, who scored 22 points in the second half on his way to a game high 29 points. Dowd was 11-19 from the field, including 5-9 from 3 point range and added 6 assists. However the difference maker was sophomore guard Dalen Erickson, who scored a season high 15 points in the second half after not playing the entire first half. Coach Corey Symons needed a spark off the bench and he turned to Erickson, who responded by hitting 5 of 9 attempts from beyond the arc.
The Cardinals again had a balanced attack with 5 players in double figures. Markus Golder was stellar with 19 points and 11 boards on an efficient 8-11 from the field, while still playing solid defense on Sasquatch leading scorer Levi Taylor. Taylor needed 23 shots to get his team high 23 points, but was only 2-9 from 3 point range. Cardinals post Ziggy Satterthwaite nearly had a triple double, with 12 points, 9 rebounds, and 8 steals. Sharpshooter Niko Bevens was instant offense off the bench with 12 points, including 3-6 from deep range.
With their 7th straight win the Cards move to 10-2 in the NWAC East Region, 22-3 overall. Spokane falls to third place at 9-3, and 20-5 overall. Walla Walla CC climbs into 2nd place, a half game back at 10-3 after defeating Blue Mountain CC 82-72 at home. The Cards will face Walla Walla in the home finale on Saturday, February 25.
The Cards continue their four game homestand with the rescheduled match-up with Columbia Basin College on Monday, February 20, President's Day,at 7:30:pm, followed by Blue Mountain on Wednesday, Feb 22. Saturday's game was the Cardinals third time as the NWAC Game of the Week. Catch all of the hoops action on the Cardinals webcast at www.nic.edu/athletics..
Head Men's Basketball Coach, Corey Symons
(208) 769-3352 or Corey.Symons@nic.edu