Late Game Comeback Earns No. 2 Oregon Tech CCC Crown
KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – No. 2 ranked Oregon Tech trailed No. 20 Warner Pacific by 10 points with just under seven minutes remaining, but a 17-5 run would propel the Hustlin’ Owls to a 66-64 victory over the Knights in the Cascade Collegiate Conference title game tonight at Danny Miles Court in front a frenzy crowd of 1400.
The win gives second-ranked Oregon Tech a 29-4 overall mark heading into the 2010 NAIA National Tournament and will most likely secure the two-seed in championship play. Warner Pacific, who will join the Owls at the national tournament,
Oregon Tech enjoys their second-conscutive CCC Tournament title. (photo by Kelly Caleb)
drops to 22-9 on the season.
2010 CCC Player of the Year Justin Parnell led the Owls with 21 points to go with six rebounds and two assists. Senior guard Mike Nieraeth poured in 16 points, while David Clarke and Joseph Foster combined for 16 points, and Myles Daley eight points and a game-high nine rebounds.
WPC’s Riley Kaylone netted a game-high 22 points and tied teammate Stephen Harris with a team-high seven rebounds. Kaylone added five assists and three blocks. Reggie Guyton knocked in 13 points, while Jake Glisson finished with nine.
Paced by 12 points from Mike Nieraeth in the opening half, Oregon Tech used a 9-0 run to close out the first period and take a 35-26 advantage into intermission. Justin Parnell opened up the second half scoring with a 3-pointer to cap a 12-0 run to span both halves, giving the Owls their largest lead of the game of 12 points, 38-26.
Warner Pacific methodically chipped away at the Owls cushion and with 10:57 on the clock regained the lead, 47-45, thanks to a 21-7 run capped by a Reggie Guyton triple. An ensuing 12-4 Knight run gave the visitors a double-digit lead, 59-49, with just 6:47 to play on a Guyton jumper.
Tech cut the deficit in half on two Justin Parnell free throws and a David Clarke 3-pointer to get the Owls and the fans back into the game. On the next Owl possession Clarke was fouled on a 3-point try and after sinking all three attempts, Oregon Tech trailed by just two, 59-57, with 4:23 to play. The Owls connected on their next six freebies to eventually regain the lead, while another Clarke trey boosted the Owls to a 66-61 advantage with 49 seconds to go.
Guyton then hit a long trey to pull Warner to a 66-64 deficit with 42 ticks. The Owls went empty on their final possession to close it out, but left WP with just 3 seconds and 75 feet away-after a Knight timeout. Kaylone got the ball to a hot handed Guyton, but the 30 foot runner as the buzzer sounded fell short, as the Owls secured their second-straight CCC tournament title.
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