BC MEN TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
The Bellevue College men's basketball team had a busy week with three games in six days. The Bulldogs entered the week with a chance to qualify for the NWAACC tournament and the opportunity to take over first place with three straight wins. Could they pull it off?
Bellevue traveled to Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon on Wednesday, Feb. 16. Going into the game the SVC Cardinals held a half game lead over the Bulldogs in the North Division standings. Bellevue turned a three-point half time deficit into an eight-point road victory. The Bulldogs got a huge contribution off the bench from Jon Humphrie and Malcholm Love. Both players hit game-changing three point shots and scored 13 and 14 points, respectively, on the night. BC sophomore Cedric Clarington led the Bulldogs with 15 points, and Antonio Gonzalez scored eight points, grabbing nine rebounds.
Whatcom came out ready to play and dominated the early part of the first half. At one point, Bellevue was down 22-6, before making a small run to end the half down by 12 at 34-22. The Bulldogs converted only eight field goals in the first half and shot 29% from the field. In an emotional second half the Bulldogs came roaring back to take a lead at 46-44. Whatcom would not give up and went on its own 10-0 run for a 54-46 lead. However, Bellevue turned up its defensive effort again, holding Whatcom to just three more points in the final minutes as Bellevue pulled out a squeaker 60-57 victory, the third in six days.Several Bulldogs stepped up in the second half led by Love's 18 second-half points. Love had two game-changing dunks and his very own five-point run that got the Bulldogs their second lead of the second half. Sophomore Brad Valentine made two big outside shots also during that second-half run, and Clarington scored the Bulldogs’ final field goal to finish with 10 points on the night. Gonzalez led both teams with an amazing 11 rebounds and seven assists.
With the win over Whatcom, Bellevue takes sole possession of first place in the North, with Peninsula College only a game back. Bellevue men will honor their sophomore players on Wednesday, Feb. 23, prior to the final home game against Everett (3-11, 3-18) at 7:30 p.m. The final road game of the regular season takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Edmonds CC (3-11, 5-17).
Please visit the BC Athletics website http://bellevuecollege.edu/athletics/ for additional team information. For complete standings, coaches’ polls and up-to-the-minute results go to http://nwaacc.org
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