The NIC men’s basketball team was able to clinch the NWAC East after a stunning 88-75 win over Walla Walla Community College on Feb 25.
The men were already assured a spot in the NWAC playoffs, but this final victory served as a sweet icing on the cake for the successful Cardinals.
The Cardinals led the Warriors at the end of the first half, and despite an aggressive and quick-paced second half, the NIC men held on to lead down the stretch.
Freshman Marcus Golder and sophomore Zaequan “Ziggy” Satterthwaite emerged as prominent leaders during the game with 29 points and 13 rebounds and 24 points and 11 rebounds respectively. Sophomore point guard Sam Dowd led in assists with 10 and contributed 13 additional points.
“It was a tough game. They shoot a lot of threes, they shot 38 three-pointers tonight and that’s tough if they’re making them. We really scattered them, and we did a job of guarding the three-point line and making them take contested shots,” head coach Corey Symons said.
Amidst the celebration and the ceremonial cutting of the net, Symons and his players will remain focused for the remainder of the season.
“We have one more big game next Wednesday, our last regular season game at Wenatchee, so we gotta go get that win, we don’t want to drop that one. Then we just gotta come out and stay focused and be ready go for the tournament,” Symons said.
The men will end the regular season against Wenatchee Valley College on Mar. 1. Conference play will begin on Mar. 9 in Everett, WA.