Oregon Tech defeats College of Idaho to move to semis



KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – Top-seeded Oregon Tech started the game on a 23-5 spurt and never looked back, as the Hustlin’ Owls downed the eighth-seeded College of Idaho by a 79-53 final in the quarterfinal round of the Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament.

No. 3 ranked Oregon Tech moves into the semifinals and will host Eastern Oregon this Saturday with the tip beginning at 7 p.m.

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Oregon Tech improved to 27-4 overall, while C of I ends the season with a 10-20 overall mark.

Leading 8-5 three minutes in, Oregon Tech went on a 15-0 run over the next four minutes to move out to a 23-5 advantage with 13:00 remaining in the opening period.  Alex Zerbach would find a wide open Scotty Riddle in the corner for 3-pointer, as the Owls built their first 20 point advantage, 26-6, with 11:23 on the clock.

College of Idaho settled down and with 2:36 to play trailed by just 11 after Ben Van Lith scored on a short jumper in the paint.

Oregon Tech, however, would score the final four points of the period and take a comfortable 39-24 lead into the locker room.

Oregon Tech would continue to lead by double-digits, but the ‘Yotes stayed within striking distance during the first five minutes of the final period, trailing 41-28.

After a Kyle Gomez steal and Bobby Hunter layup and free throw, the Owls built a 21 point lead and were never challenged for the remainder of the contest.

C of I pulled to within 17 points, but never got any closer as Oregon Tech moved to the semifinals with tonight’s victory.

Bobby Hunter led the Oregon Tech offensive attack with a game-high 18 points, with Scotty Riddle following with 14 in the win for the Owls.  Kyle Gomez added 11 points, six steals and four assists, while David Clarke came away with nine points and six assists and Jason Gamblin nine points and six rebounds.

Krispin Banks led College of Idaho with 13 points, while Matt Ballenger finished in double figures with 11 points.  Sydney Donaldson and Ben Van Lith finished with eight points each.

Photo courtesy: Kelly Caleb (oitsports.com)