Green River rallies to defeat Titans, 64-55
KENNEWICK, Wash. — Green River turned in a red-hot shooting performance in the second half and the Gators rallied to defeat Lane 64-55 during the quarterfinals of the Northwest Athletic Conference men’s basketball tournament on Sunday.
The Titans (19-11) built a 24-20 lead by halftime before being outscored by 13 points in the second half. That’s when Green River (22-10) got hot offensively and went 16-for-22 from the field and 5-for-6 from behind the three-point line.
Green River won its fourth straight game and will face Clark at 8 p.m. today in the semifinals. Lane can still salvage a tournament trophy, starting with a 4 p.m. matchup against Bellevue today.
Duce Namazi led three Lane players in double figures with 11 points on 4-for-9 shooting. Jarred Kelsay and Dale Baker finished with 10 apiece, and Mitch Franz and Tre Clark each had nine.
The Titans made less than 43 percent of their field goals and were held to 8-for-21 shooting from behind the three-point line.
Green River’s Glenn Brooks led all scorers with 16 points on 7-for-11 shooting, to go along with seven assists and three rebounds. Damon Cikanek and Trevante Williams scored 14 apiece on a combined 10-for-14 shooting.
The Titans figure to have their hands full today against Bellevue (26-5), which had won nine straight game before being upset by Clark in the quarterfinals.