PASCO — The Everett Community College men’s basketball team opened with a 10-0 run and never looked back on their way to a wire-to-wire 92-80 victory over Clackamas in the Northwest Athletic Conference tournament semifinals Saturday at Columbia Basin College.
Tyriq Luke led all scorers with 24 points and added seven rebounds for Everett (24-7), which won its seventh straight. Jadin Penigar had 19 points and seven rebounds, Colton Spencer added 17 points and Leon Sayers chipped in a double-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and six assists. Luke and Penigar each made four 3s.
The Trojans advance to the championship game 4:45 p.m. Sunday at the same site to face the winner of the Columbia Basin-Bellevue semifinal matchup. Everett is seeking its first NWAC tournament title.
The Trojans’ shooting greatly outpaced the Cougars as Everett made 46.4% (32 of 69) from the field and 40.5% (13 of 32) from beyond the arc. Clackamas shot just 37% from the field (27 of 73) and 26.1% (6 of 23) from 3-point range.
Ryan Lewis led Clackamas (23-8) with 22 points and five rebounds, TJ Doman had 16 points and 11 rebounds, Isaiah Gilliam added 16 points and eight rebounds and Braden Hudgins had 12 points and seven rebounds.
Everett built a 27-11 lead midway through the first half and led 44-32 at the break.
The Trojans pushed their lead to 74-55 on a 3-pointer by Spencer with 6 minutes, 16 seconds remaining. Clackamas made a late run and pulled within 85-76 on Doman’s layup with 1:53 left, but Everett’s Tucker Molina responded with a personal 5-0 run to close the door.
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