Clark basketball sweeps Highline

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Sean Price had 24 points and 10 rebounds as the Clark College men’s basketball team defeated Highline of Des Moines 71-59 in an NWAACC West Division game Saturday at the O’Connell Center.

The victory pulled the Penguins to .500 in the division and 12-7 overall.

“It was an important game as both teams came in 4-5 and were trying to get to .500,” Clark coach Alex Kirk said. “There was lots on the line for potential playoff spots (down the road).”

Price, a Columbia River grad, made 9 of 18 shots and also had five assists.

Phillip Hertz had 13 points, and Sam Jurgenson added nine rebounds for Clark.

Kirk said Willie Bratcher, a Battle Ground High grad, was key in the Clark defensive effort.

Clark outrebounded Highline 40-22 and held the Thunderbirds to 32 percent shooting.

“We did some things (on defense) we hadn’t shown all year, so (Highline) had a hard time with that,” Kirk said.

(Click here for the men's boxscore)

Women: Clark 84, Highline 66 — Dominique Johnson scored a game-high 23 points and dished out eight assists as the Penguins led from start to finish in winning their third straight game.

Toni Doroha had 14 points, Nicolette Bond had 11, and Lauren Heller added 10 points and five rebounds for Clark (10-10, 8-2 NWAACC West Division).

Ashlie Nguyen was the top rebounder for Clark with nine.

Clark’s defense held Highline to 36 percent shooting for the game, 29 percent in the second half.

Both Clark teams are off until they host Green River on Feb. 9.

(Click here for the women's boxscore)