Triple-double threat Robert Ford leads Clackamas CC to 89-76 win
Clackamas Community College's Robert Ford was up to his usual tricks Saturday — doing a little bit of everything at both ends of the basketball court.
Ford registered his third consecutive triple-double, breaking loose for 32 points, 17 rebounds, and 11 assists to lead the Cougars to an 89-76 Northwest Athletic Conference home win over Lane Community College at Clackamas' Randall Hall.
Clackamas' K'wan Carter added 14 points and six rebounds, and three other players scored in double figures for the Cougars (13-1, 3-0 South), but the spotlight belonged to Ford, the 6-foot sophomore point guard, who played at times as if he were 6-10.
"Robert has just been on a tear," Cougars coach Clif Wegner said. "He struggled a little bit shooting the ball tonight, particularly in the first half, but he's just a monster, isn't he? He just makes everybody else better."
Clackamas had a 17-14 lead when Jamie Stull hit back-to-back 3-pointers for the Cougars, sparking a 15-0 run that extended the lead to 32-14 with 5:13 to play in the first half.
In the second half, Lane rallied within five points, 71-66, when Rodney Hounshell made two free throws with 5:08 remaining, but Lyric Warren helped restore order with a mid-range jumper followed by a four-point play that made it 81-68 with 4:30 left.
"Even when the lead was five, I felt as if we were in control of things still," Wegner said. "Lane hit a couple of shots and we just needed to settle down, get a couple stops on defense, and get a couple of decent shots for our scorers."
Clackamas' Matt O'Brien finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, and Stull also scored 12 points before leaving the game with an ankle injury with 6:51 to play in the first half.
Clay Sullivan also scored in double figures with 11 points for the Cougars, who shot 41.8 percent (33 for 79) from the field and finished with a 52-40 advantage in rebounds.
Lane's Hounshell led all scorers with 37 points on 12-for-27 shooting with 12 rebounds and four assists. Isaac Lange added 11 points and was the only other player for the Titans to scored in double figures.
"From the get-go, our effort wasn't there," said Hounshell, the former West Linn High School standout. "The game is about runs. Everybody is going to go on their runs. We got on our runs, and then Clackamas got right back on their runs."
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