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MEN'S BASKETBALL: Cardinals win NWAC title


North Idaho College overcame a 20-point, second-half deficit to beat Peninsula CC, 90-83 in overtime to claim their first-ever Northwest Athletic Conference title. The 3rd-seeded Cardinals trailed the 2nd-seeded Pirates 52-32 with just over 17 minutes remaining before clamping down on defense and regaining its shooting touch. NIC would chip at the Peninsula lead, eventually tying the game at 60 at the 6:50 mark after going on a 13-0 run and then taking a 62-60 lead on a RayQuan Evans layup.  However, in a game that saw the lead change hands 13 times, the Pirates would regain the lead 74-72 with 12 seconds left on a put-back basket after a missed free throw. With time running out, Evans, the tournament’s MVP, would drive the lane drawing the foul and then, calmly knocked down two free throws to send the game to overtime. In the extra session, the Cardinals outscored the Pirates 16-9 with Evans getting 10 of his game-high 28 point in the final 5 minutes. Aushanti Potts-Woods, named the Most Inspirational player, scored all 23 of his points off the bench in the second half to fuel the comeback victory.

For the post-game celebration click here:  Cards Celebrate!

Including MVP, four NIC players garnered tournament honors:

All-Tournament Team

MVP: RayQuan Evans, North Idaho

Most Inspirational: Aushanti Potts-Woods, North Idaho

First Team

Aushanti Potts-Woods, North Idaho

Colby Jackson, Peninsula

Trent Van Cleave, Linn-Benton

Cameron Retherferd, Portland

Cameron Burton, Peninsula


Second Team

Iain McLaughlin, North Idaho

Taylor Jensen, Linn-Benton

Lane Josi, Portland

Trent Warren, Peninsula

Jalen Burkett, North Idaho

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Head Men's Basketball Coach, Corey Symons
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