Dedrick Pakootas (#1 white) goes up for a lay in against Blue Mountian in the final game of the regular season on Thursday evening (Feb. 28)

Dedrick Pakootas (#1 white) goes up for a lay in against Blue Mountian in the final game of the regular season on Thursday evening (Feb. 28)

EVERETT – Survive and advance. 

That’s what the Community Colleges of Spokane Men’s Basketball team has done so far in the NWAC Tournament. 

Colville tribal member Dedrick Pakootas finished with 16 points helping #3 seeded Spokane outlast #2 seeded Umpqua 90-77 on March 7 in the Sweet 16 game of the NWAC Tournament on Thursday evening at Everett Community College. 

A day later, Spokane would go on to roll over #4 seeded Whatcom 93-69 to advance to the Final 4 of the tournament. Pakootas scored six points in the blowout win. 

Spokane plays Walla Walla on Saturday at 7 PM with a spot in the championship on the line. The game will be held at Everett Community College. 

Pakootas has flourished his sophomore year, averaging a team high 16.3 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game and 1.8 assists per game while shooting 39.3 percent from 3-point land. 

Below is a link of the this year's bracket for the NWAC Men's Basketball Championships being held in Everett.

 Spokane thump Blue Mountain 121-77 in regular season finale; advance to NWAC Tournament for second consecutive year 

SPOKANE - For the second consecutive year, Colville tribal member Dedrick Pakootas has helped lead the Sasquatch back to the NWAC Men’s Basketball Championships. 

It was business as usual in Spokane’s regular season finale as Pakootas scored 19 points, going 8-of-13 from the field to lead the Sasquatch to a convincing 121-77 win on Thursday evening at Spokane Falls Community College Gym in Northwest Athletic Conference action. 

“It’s good to go into the tournament with a win like this, a blowout,” said Pakootas. “Everyone gets their confidence up.” 

In the opening 10 minutes of the first half, the game was close. Blue Mountain cut the lead to 23-15 at the 11:44 mark, but wouldn’t get any closer after that. Spokane started to make shots and create turnovers as they led 43-19 at the 5:56 mark and would coast into halftime up 56-34. 

After building up a large lead in the first half, Spokane head coach Jeremy Groth pulled most of his starters and emptied his bench. 

Doing most of his work in the first half, Pakootas scored 17 points in 17 minutes as he helped the Sasquatch to a 56-34 lead at halftime. With such a big lead, the reigns were pulled back on Pakootas as he sat for a majority of the second half only playing six minutes and scoring two points, to total 19 for the game. 

Blue Mountain shot 48.3 percent from the field going 29-of-60, but Spokane made 50-of-88 shots, shooting at a 56.8 percent from the field. The Sasquatch made 19-of- 42 3-point shots (45.2%), compared to Blue Mountain’s 4-of-17 (23.5%) 

“This is good to just take this game and apply it to the championships. I’m really proud of our guys for being locked in,” said Groth. 

                                     1           2        final

Blue Mountain             |  34    |   39   |  77

Spokane                     |  56    |   65   | 121

East Standings

 GPRecordWin %PFPAGPRecordWin %PFPALast 10Streak
North Idaho -Z1616-01.000182211923129-20.9353249222710-0Won 20
Walla Walla -X1613-30.813142412073121-100.677263823569-1Won 5
Spokane -X1611-50.688140813053122-90.710270324867-3Won 4
Wenatchee Valley -X168-80.500133113752816-120.571238123006-4Lost 1
Big Bend168-80.500142114002718-90.667247822216-4Lost 1
Treasure Valley168-80.500139914142610-160.385222923394-6Won 1
Yakima Valley164-120.25014491636287-210.250245327992-8Lost 3
Columbia Basin162-140.12512251516285-230.179205824891-9Lost 6
Blue Mountain162-140.12512471681274-230.148206626320-10Lost 13

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