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Steven Vaughan rips the twine as CCC makes it 17 in a row

PORTLAND - Steven Vaughan brought his 'A' game with him here Feb. 21, as he ripped the twin for a game-high 26 points in an 89-63 Clackamas Community College men's basketball victory over Portland Community College.

The Putnam High graduate was a hot-handed 11-for-13 from the field. The 6-4 forward/post also grabbed 7 rebounds, dished out 3 assists and came up with 4 steals, as the Cougars bagged their 17th win in a row.

The win wrapped up the regular season for the Cougars, who finished 14-0 in the NWAACC Southern Region.

CCC is the first conference team to go unbeaten in the Southern Region since 1994, when another Clackamas team accomplished the feat. That team went on to win the NWAACC.

The Cougars take an overall record of 25-4 into this week's NWAACC Championship Tournament, where they are the pre-tournament favorite. The Cougars face Blue Mountain Community College Thursday at 2 p.m. in their opener. Blue Mountain (15-12) finished fourth in the Eastern Region of the NWAACC, but the Timberwolves beat Clackamas by 12 points when the teams met in December.

Bellevue (22-2) is ranked second in the NWAACC - behind Clackamas; Walla Walla (20-4) is ranked No. 3.

The tournament runs through Sunday at the Tri-Cities Coliseum in Kennewick, Wash.

Vaughan is a 2005 graduate of Rex Putnam High School, where he earned first-team all-league honors and was the Three Rivers League's third-leading scorer (18.5 ppg) his senior year.