Michaels & 'Mates Drop into Portsmouth Consolation Bracket

News Release Date:
Friday, April 13, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- With the opposing team getting double-digit scoring from six players, a Portsmouth Partnership squad that includes Whitman College senior David Michaels dropped a 93-73 semifinal decision Friday night at the 60th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

David Michaels

A team sponsored by Roger Brown's Restaurant had seven players score between nine and 15 points to knock Portsmouth Partnership into Saturday's consolation-round match for third place.

Michaels and his teammates play for the third-place trophy at 6 p.m. (EST) against a team sponsored by Cherry, Bekaerts & Holland, which lost 76-74 in its semifinal game against Portsmouth Sports Club.

Roger Brown's and Portsmouth Sports Club play Saturday's title match at 9 p.m. (EST). All games are taking place at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

Michaels, one of only two NCAA Division III players in the eight-team tournament, scored five points against Roger Brown's in Friday's first half. His team trailed 53-40 at halftime and Michaels did not score in the second half. He also finished with three rebounds in 22 total minutes on the floor.

Garrett Stutz, a 7-foot center from Wichita State, sparked Roger Brown's with 15 points, 11 points and two blocked shots.

Michaels, a 6-foot-7 forward and the 2012 Northwest Conference Player of the Year, had 10 points, six rebounds and three steals in his team's opening round victory on Thursday.

The Portsmouth Invitational, the oldest amateur basketball tournament in the nation, is designed to showcase the talents of 64 top seniors in front of scouts from all 30 NBA teams and 100-plus professional teams from around the world.

Players who kicked off their pro careers at past Portsmouth tournaments range from John Stockton and Scottie Pippen to Derek Fisher and Jeremy Lin.

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CONTACT: Dave Holden
Sports Information Director
Whitman College, Walla Walla, Wash.
509 527-5902; holden@whitman.edu