RiverHawk Men off to the Final Four!

RiverHawk Men off to the Final Four!

The Umpqua RiverHawk men's basketball team jumped out to an early lead and never looked back as they defeated the South Puget Sound Clippers by a score of 66-53. The RiverHawks started hot by attacking the zone defense of the Clippers while playing a stifling defense keeping the Clippers at 7 points for close to 5 minutes. 

Umpqua went into halftime leading the Clippers 38-19, shooting 50% for the half.  Darrin Gethers (UCC) led the charge with 9 points. Umpqua held the Clippers to just 21% shooting for the half.

The Clippers made a run in the second half to cut the lead to 9 at the 6:45 mark.  Their offense was spurred on by forcing turnovers with their half-court trapping defense. 

UCC though, continued their staunch defense forcing the Clippers into critical turnovers and holding the SPSCC leading scorer Dez Stoudamire to five points all in the second-half.

The RiverHawks had balanced scoring with Gethers and Daniel Reno scoring 12 points respectively while Grant Ellison added another 11. 

UCC shot 87% at the free throw line. 

South Puget Sound was led in scoring by Luke Chavez with 15.  SPSCC shot 29.5% from the field and 11% from the 3-point line.

Umpqua will take on the Tacoma Community College Titans in the Final Four next Saturday at 6pm.