portland community college basketball

PCC finishes amazing run with title

Portland goes from 0-24 to NWAACC champions in just two seasons
March 4, 2014

Two years ago, the Portland Community College Panthers just wanted to win a game.

Tuesday, they wanted to win a title, and they did with a 92-86 victory over Pierce College in the NWAACC Tournament championship game at the Toyota Center in Kennewick, Wash.

Josh Turner scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and had four assists in the final on the way to being named Tournament MVP. 

"We were the underdogs all year," Turner, who averaged 21.7 points per game in four wins, told the Tri-City Herald. "It made us play harder. We had a chip on our shoulder every game.

"Tonight, we just played harder, played together. We had fun."

Portland, which went 0-24 in 2012, was making its first tournament appearance in school history.

"Nobody thought we'd be here, but we had faith in ourselves," said sophomore guard Tremaine Channel, who was 4 for 4 at the free throw line in the last 32 seconds. "We knew if we got by the first round, we'd take it all. It's unbelievable."

"It's incredible," second-year head coach Tony Broadus said. "Not unbelievable, but incredible."

After opening the tournament with a pair of nailbiter victories and then overwhelming Skagit Valley in Monday's semifinals, the Panthers (23-9) led virtually the entire game against a Pierce team also seeking a first title. Pierce (23-7) mounted a series of furious charges in the second half, but Portland countered each one.

"We knew coming in that we could do this," said Broadus, who left Grant High to take over the PCC program in the summer of 2012. "We have a great group. A great coaching staff. A great group of young men."

Pierce used a 10-3 run to get within 70-69 with 5:47 to play, but Portland never relinquished the lead. During one frenetic sequence, the teams traded baskets on eight consecutive possessions.

Turner fouled out during that stretch.

"We're deep, man," Broadus said.

With their leader watching from the bench, Portland made 10 of 12 free throws inside the final 2:22.

Portland beat Columbia Basin 56-54 Saturday, Bellevue 77-76 Sunday and Skagit Valley 96-82 Monday.

Warren Edmondson, who scored 42 points Monday, added 18 points in the final and was part of yet another scorching 3-point barrage, making 3 of 4 from beyond the arc. Forward Angelo Tupper added 17 points and was 4 of 7 from deep, C.J. Easterling had 13 ponts and seven rebounds, Carl Appleton chipped in 10 points and 10 rebounds, and Channel had 11 points and seven assists.

Portland shot 50 percent from the floor and hit 11 of 19 3-pointers. Pierce hit just 5 of 24 3-pointers.

"Give all the credit to Portland," said Pierce coach Bill Mendelson. "They hit some big shots. They did a great job."

Portland exploded to a 30-15 lead to open the game, but Pierce charged back with a 15-0 transition-fueled flurry to tie. Turner sparked a 10-2 Panthers run that gave Portland a 44-39 lead at halftime.

Turner had 17 and Edmondson 10 for Portland at halftime. Jacobs had 11 and Paul Loranger nine for Pierce.

Portland was 7 for 14 on 3-pointers, the opportunistic Raiders 16 for 26 on 2s. There were five lead changes. Four ties.

Edmondson was named to the all-tournament first team, joining Pierce's Chris Parker (18 points Tuesday) and Jacobs (13 points, seven rebounds, six assists), Joseph Stroud of Highline and Edmonds' Payton Pervier.

Second-teamers included Elijah Smith and Malik Barnes of Skagit Valley, Clark's Sean Price, Chemeketa's Bryce White and Chris Willis of Treasure Valley.

Portland's Appleton was named the tourney's Most Inspirational Player.

PIERCE— Gary Jacobs 6-17 1-2 13, Devin Matthews 5-12 1-3 12, David Baze 4-11 0-0 8, Isaac Barsh 2-9 3-4 7, Christopher Parker 7-16 0-0 18, Keaton Corr 0-0 0-0 0, Mark Royster 0-0 0-0 0, Alex Johnson 3-4 0-0 6, David Jeffries 1-3 0-0 2, Paul Loranger 7-9 6-6 20. Totals 35-81 11-15 86.

PORTLAND — Warren Edmondson 5-11 5-7 18, Marcus Bailey 0-1 0-0 0, Tremaine Channel 2-5 5-6 11, Jordan Wood 0-0 0-0 0, Josh Turner 9-18 3-7 23, Anthony Hines II 0-0 0-0 0, Ryan Dethlefs 0-0 0-0 0, Carl Appleton 4-7 2-2 10, CJ Easterling 5-8 3-5 13, Angelo Tupper 6-11 1-2 17. Totals 31-61 19-29 92.

Halftime—Portland 44, Pierce 39. 3-point goals—Pierce 5-24 (Parker 4-10, Matthews 1-5, Jacobs 0-5, Baze 0-3, Johnson 0-1), Portland 11-19 (Tupper 4-7, Edmondson 3-4, Channel 2-4, Turner 2-4). Rebounds—Pierce 41 (Matthews 8), Portland 44 (Appleton 10). Assists—Pierce 19 (Matthews 8), Portland 23 (Channel 7). Turnovers—Pierce 9, Portland 15. Fouls—Pierce 21, Portland 15. Fouled out—Turner.

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