PARKLAND, Wash. – Junior KJ Hong (Federal Way, Wash./Shoreline CC) went off for 25 points as the Evergreen Geoducks earned the 200th win in program history, knocking off the Puget Sound Loggers, 74-66, in a non-conference men’s basketball game on Saturday afternoon at Olson Auditorium in Parkland, Wash.
The Geoducks (1-4) took the early lead as Hong hit his first six shots, including five from behind the arc, for 20 first half points. Evergreen’s early lead hit double-digits with 11:25 to play on a free throw by junior Lucky Lagerberg (Olympia, Wash./South Puget Sound CC) that put the Geoducks up, 25-15. The Loggers tightened the gap slightly before half but Evergreen still led, 35-28.
Evergreen continued to pressure UPS as the Geoduck lead hit 20 on a lay-up by Jakob Herron-Berentsen (Sacramento, Calif./Grays Harbor CC) with 11:49 left to go in the game. The Geoducks pushed the lead to 27 with 9:20 left to play but the Loggers stormed back, pulling within nine on a Riggs Yarbo lay-up with 52 seconds left to play.
The Loggers fought back to get within six but Travis Wagner (Federal Way, Wash./Green River CC) hit a pair of free throws with five second left to earn the 74-66 win.
Evergreen was led by 25 points from Hong, who was eight-of-nine from the field, including six-of-seven from behind the arc. Wagner and freshman Frankie Johnson (Renton, Wash./Hazen HS) each added 11 points while Cody Peters (Coupeville, Wash./Western Oregon Univ.) brought down 11 rebounds for the Geoducks, who held a 51-50 advantage on the boards.
Puget Sound was led by 11 points each from Yarbro and Derek Jobe. Rex Holmes added 10 points in the losing effort. The Loggers were 24-of-77 from the field for 31.2%, including just three-for-30 from three-point range.
The Geoducks open up the Cascade Conference season next Saturday when they play host to Northwest. Tip with the Eagles is set for 7:30 p.m. at CRC Gymnasium in Olympia, Wash.