Whitman's Michaels Helps Portsmouth Team to Third-Place Finish

News Release Date:
Saturday, April 14, 2012

WALLA WALLA, Wash. -- Whitman College senior David Michaels and his Portsmouth Partnership teammates outscored Cherry Bekaert & Holland 78-75 on Saturday to claim third place at the 60th Annual Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

Michaels, a 6-foot-7 forward, contributed seven points, two steals and a blocked shot to the victory. Portsmouth Partnership inched ahead 35-33 by intermission and then added a point to its final margin of victory in the second half.

David Michaels

A team sponsored by Roger Brown's Restaurant won Saturday night's championship game, outscoring Portsmouth Sports Club 92-87. It was Roger Brown's that beat Michaels and his teammates in a Friday semifinal game.

The tournament, which got underway Wednesday, was played at Churchland High School in Portsmouth, Va.

Michaels, the 2012 Northwest Conference Player of the Year, was one of only two NCAA Division III players in the eight-team tournament.

It is the oldest amateur basketball tournament in the nation and designed to showcase the talents of 64 top seniors in front of scouts from the NBA 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