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After last second loss to #2 Peninsula Titans bounce back to take 3rd at Clackamas

Posted: 1/2/2012 1:38:00 PM

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The #4 ranked TCC Men's Basketball team bounced back from a hearbreaking loss to #2 Peninsula in the Semi Finals of the Clackamas Holiday Tournament to beat Everett 80-71 and claim third place.

In the third place game, the Titans (8-3) led Everett by as many as 23 points in the 2nd half before a barrage of 3 pointers closed the gap to the 80-71 final. Mark Mclaughlin led the Titans with 32 points we also grabbing 7 rebounds & adding 5 assists. Dom Williams added 17 points, 6 rebounds & 6 assists, while Nate Walker added a double double with 16 points & 11 rebounds.

In an exciting Semi final vs the #2 ranked Penisula Pirates, the Titans had a 2 point lead with 11 seconds to go when NWAACC leading scorer & Wake Forest transfer J.T. Terrell hit a 35 foot 3 pointer off a steal to give the Pirates a 1 point lead. The Titans were then called for a carry and were forced to foul Dudley Ewell who made both free throws with 5 seconds to go. The Titans then has one final chance as a Mark Mclaughlin 3 pointer went in & out at the buzzer. Mark Mclaughlin led the Titans with 28 points, 7 rebounds & 5 assists, while Nate Walker added 15 points & 5 rebounds. The Titans thanks to huge defensive efforts by Julian Vaughn & Iszia Johnson held Terrell to just 10 points, He entered the game averaging 32 points per game.

In the opening game of the Tournament the Titans beat Linn Benton 77-64 behind Mark Mclaughlin's 26 points. Nate Walker & Dom williams added 14 each & Walker led the Titans with 9 rebounds, while williams had 6 assists.

The Titans have played the last 4 games ( including losses to 10-1's Clark & Peninsula ) without Josh Lord who is out with an injury but, Iszia Johnson returned for the Titans after missing the 4 previous games.

Both Mark Mclaughlin & Nate Walker were named to the All Tournament team.

The Titans open NWAACC Western play at 7:00pm on Saturday January 7th at Pierce.

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