Pierce, Peninsula battle for men's NWAACC title tonight

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KENNEWICK - Pierce and Peninsula, which finished second in their respective divisions during the regular season, will battle here tonight in the Toyota Center to decide the winner of this year's men's basketball NWAACC Championships.

The opening tip is set for 7 p.m.

Pierce, 23-6, advanced with a 76-65 victory over Eastern Division champion Big Bend during Monday's semifinals. Peninsula knocked off East No. 3 seed Spokane 78-74.

Big Bend (23-5) and Spokane (21-8) meet this afternoon at 2 to decide third and sixth places in the tournament. Also today, Bellevue (21-7) faces Tacoma (25-3) for fourth and seventh places at noon. Whatcom (21-7) met Yakima (17-11) this morning at 10 in the fifth place-eighth place game.

Bellevue stayed alive Monday with a 69-64 victory over Highline, Tacoma clobbered Clackamas 86-63, Whatcom ousted Linn-Benton 77-65 and Yakima defeated Clark 85-79.

In addition to the Walla Walla-Yakima championship game this afternoon at 4:30, other women's games on the final day of the tournament send Spokane (22-7) against Columbia Basin (25-3) at 2 p.m. for third and sixth places, Lane (23-6) vs. Clackamas (25-3) at noon for fourth and seventh, and Umpqua (21-8) vs. Bellevue (22-7) at 10 a.m. for fifth and eighth.

Clackamas beat Lower Columbia 79-67, Lane downed Highline 58-42, Bellevue bested Whatcom 62-61 and Umpqua upended Clark 92-76 in Monday's loser-out games.

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