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PCC delivers a recruit

Warren Edmondson signs on with MSU-Northern of NAIA
May 6, 2014

PORTLAND - A historic season for the Portland Community College basketball program turned into an advanced opportunity for guard Warren Edmondson.

Edmondson, who played a key role in helping the Panthers to their first NWAACC championship in March, signed a letter of intent to play for Montana State University-Northern Tuesday at the PCC Cascade campus.

"I definitely have a good feel for their program that's seen a lot of success," Edmondson said. "I think I can add to that success myself."

"We're very excited for Warren to get this opportunity," Portland coach Tony Broadous said. "He did a great job of developing his game and being a great student in his two years here. All his hard work paid off."

MSU-Northern plays in the NAIA Div. II Frontier Conference, which includes Eastern and Southern Oregon University. The school has reached the national tournament four straight seasons under coach Shawn Huse.

"Warren is someone we think can help us out immediately," Huse said Friday. "He's the kind of player that can help continue our success."

As a sophomore from Vancouver, Washington's Evergreen High, Edmondson helped the Panthers tie for the Southern Region title and reach the NWAACC Tournament for the first time. In the 16-team tournament, he averaged 20.5 points per game on 46 percent shooting from the field that included shooting 48 percent (13 of 28) from three-point range.

Edmondson scored 42 points in a 96-82 semifinal win over Skagit Valley.

Huse said he hadn't seen Edmondson play until the tournament and missed the semifinal game due to other recruiting visits.

"It was a lot of fun to watch him and the Portland team play," Huse said. "When I heard he scored 42, it didn't surprise me at all."

Broadous said that while Edmondson had progressed into a player worthy of a scholarship to a four-year school, his play in the tournament is what put him in front of coaches who had scholarships to offer.

"The tournament was a huge factor for his basketball future," Broadous said. "Without the opportunity to play in that tournament he wouldn't be at MSU-Northern."

Edmondson said signing with a four-year school is the culmination of a dream to compete at a further advanced level of play.

"I saw myself getting to this level, so it's not a surprise," he said. "But, I feel very fortunate because our team had a great season and I avoided injury. This is a wonderful opportunity."

As part of the school's upgraded activity surrounding the basketball program, the event was streamed live via Oregonsports.com.


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Panthers score historic win

PCC's men's basketball team clinches its first berth in NWAACC tourney
Feb. 19, 2014 / By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports Journal

PORTLAND - The wait is over for the Portland Community College men's basketball program.

After 29 years of consistent futility, the Panthers finally reached the NWAACC tournament.

A 32-point effort from Josh Turner, and a late-game run capped a 111-106 victory over the visiting Chemeketa Storm Wednesday to clinch at least a tie for first place in the NWAACC Southern Division.

With only a road game at Southwestern Oregon remaining on their schedule, the Panthers can finish no worse than a three-way tie for first. With four teams headed to the 16-team tournament, Portland is in, only two years removed from a winless season.

"It's a great feeling to get the program to the tournament for the first time, especially with a game like this," PCC coach Tony Broadous said. "Our guys put in a lot of hard work to make this happen, and it paid off.

"Now, we'll see about winning the division."

Chemeketa got a stellar performance from guard Bryce White, but couldn't hold off the Panthers, who trailed by nine twice early in the second half.

Portland improved to 19-8 overall and 10-3 in division play, while Chemeketa dropped to 12-13, 8-5. The Storm is still in line for a tournament berth with a game against Linn-Benton Saturday.

Wednesday's game featured a tense second half in which the lead changed 11 times and there were eight ties, the last at 99-all. The Panthers then got a 3-pointer from Turner with 1:38 left, and a basket on their next possession for a 104-99 lead and hit seven of eight free throws in the final minute to close out the win.




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