More than 40 people watched Bates win the first ever regional Technical College Basketball Tournament at Wilson High School Saturday, June 12. The first round saw Bellingham Technical College win over Lake Washington Technical College. During the next game, Bates beat Lake Washington 75 to 50. Then, Bates and Bellingham began their fight for the championship cup. With a score of 71 to 52, Bates claimed first place in the tournament.
Bates’ own MarQuis Bradford, marketing and business management student, earned the tournament’s Most Valuable Player award, with 44 points and 13 rebounds over both games.
Interim President Lyle Quasim joined the students at warm-up and showed off his sleek basketball moves. He also had the honor of presenting his team with the championship cup.
Student Kenny Cook brought a dance troupe Stepping Out for the half-time show.
Coach Lynn Strickland, associate director for continuing education, and Centell Jackson, marketing and business management student and ASG Event Coordinator, were both excited about Bates' performance.
“We are pleased with the first annual technical college basketball tournament," says Centell. "I expect this to be the first of many technical college tournaments in the future.”
Bates basketball players:
Daniel Swift (#55)
David Robinson (#2)
Dee Brown (#6)
Jonny Clark (#22)
Marlon Best (#10)
MarQuis Bradford (#15)
Naeem Bell (#11)
Nigel Weih (#12)
Robert Bell (#24)
Tyler Mack (#3)
Congratulations, B-Ball Team!
Interim President Lyle Quasim participates in warm-up with students.
MarQuis Bradford at free throw line.
Bates v. Lake Washington