Nixyaawii Golden Eagles finish 3rd in the 2020 1A Boys Basketball State Championship

Courage is the most important of all the virtues because, without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.” ― Maya Angelou
Amid massive environmental destruction due to a historic flood affecting not only Pendleton but also the home of the Nixyaawii Community School and the Umatilla Indian Reservation, sheer determination, pride and honor pulled a community and tribal members together to continue the journey of the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles’ soaring above the storm to make it to the 1A Boys Basketball State Championship in Baker City, Oregon.  


Nixyaawii Golden Eagles Mick Schimmel vs Crosshill Christian at the 1A Boys Basketball State Championship

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The returning 2019 1A state champions, Nixyaawii Golden Eagles, entered the 2020 state championship as a strong #5 with an overall record of 25-6.
Facing last year’s finals opponent Trinity Lutheran in the quarterfinals surely brought back memories from the 2019 championship game in which the Golden Eagles prevailed and became state champions. As it turned out, Nixiaawii prevailed again advancing to the semifinals taking down Trinity with a final score of 63-66. 
Up next in the semifinals was #1 seeded Damascus Christian with an overall record of 27-2. It was to be a battle of the minds and bodies. Unfortunately, Damascus succeeded to win the game with a final score of 53-61, hence the Golden Eagles were now scheduled to play #3 Crosshill Christian to play for 3rd and 5th the next day. 


Nixyaawii Golden Eagles pace 3rd in 2020 1A Boys Basketball State Championship
Nixyaawii Golden Eagles pace 3rd in 2020 1A Boys Basketball State Championship

Just as expected, Crosshill Christian would be a team well versed in fighting for the win. At the end of the first quarter, the game was tied 18-18. 
With 2:32 left in the 2nd quarter, Crosshill gained a three-point lead, 28-25. Nixyaawii returned with a six-point lead and a score of 28-34 by halftime. 
Going into the 3rd quarter the Golden Eagles held on to their lead 33-38 with 4:47 left on the clock. By the end of the third quarter, Nixyaawii maintained that lead with four points, 39-43.
The game continued to be a thriller with both sides not letting up for a second. Clocking the time at 4:45, Nixyaawii continued to lead with two points, 45:47. With a little more than two minutes on the clock, the score continued to be in favor of the Golden Eagles, 50-53. 
By now fans on both sides were engaged in powerful and intensely loud cheering and up on their feet.
With 33 seconds left on the clock Nixyaawii’s lead had shrunk down to 54-55.
The Golden Eagles were determined to continue the fight to win until the last second. 33 seconds later the Nixyaawwi Golden Eagles broke out in cheers, pride and joy after holding on to their one-point lead and winning the game.
Congratulations to the Nixyaawii Golden Eagles for placing 3rd in the state, and a season to be remembered for a very long time for sure!!!

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Nixyaawii vs Crosshill Christian
3/7/20 5:45 pm at Baker High School

Nixyaawii 55

      Total 3-point   Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
21  Shane Rivera  6-9  0-2  1-1  1-4  13  30 
22  Moses Moses  5-15  3-11  1-2  2-3  14  29 
23  Tyasin Burns  2-14  2-8  0-2  2-3  31 
24  Mick Schimmel  6-19  0-4  1-4  7-11  18  13  32 
32  Magi Moses  3-8  0-0  1-3  5-5  10  24 
13  Dylan Abarhamson  –  0-1  0-1  0-0  0-0 
20  Aaron Barkley  –  1-1  0-0  0-0  0-0  10 
TM  TEAM  –  –  –  –  3-1  –  –  –  –  –  –  – 
  Totals…………..  –  23-67  5-26  4-12  20-27  47  14  55  160 
  34.3%  19.2%  33.3% 
  Team summary:   FG 3FG FT
  1st Half:    14-34  5-17  1-4 
  41.2%  29.4%  25.0% 
  2nd Half:    9-33  0-9  3-8 
  27.3%  0.0%  37.5% 

Crosshill Christian 54

      Total 3-point   Rebounds
## Player p fgm-fga fgm-fga ftm-fta off-def tot pf tp a to blk stl min
03  Carter Knox  0-6  0-5  0-0  0-0  23 
10  Liam Harris  5-8  0-0  0-0  0-1  10  28 
15  Kruse Witham  3-13  0-2  0-0  1-3  27 
23  Andrew Stoddard  5-13  1-2  6-7  6-9  15  17  30 
35  Evan Dallum  4-11  2-8  0-0  0-5  10  28 
02  Carter Spaulding  –  0-0  0-0  0-0  0-0 
30  Tyler Hesse  –  5-7  0-1  1-3  2-8  10  11  19 
TM  TEAM  –  –  –  –  1-3  –  –  –  –  –  –  – 
  Totals…………..  –  22-58  3-18  7-10  10-29  39  14  54  10  160 
  37.9%  16.7%  70.0% 
  Team summary:   FG 3FG FT
  1st Half:    11-28  2-10  4-5 
  39.3%  20.0%  80.0% 
  2nd Half:    11-30  1-8  3-5 
  36.7%  12.5%  60.0% 
Score by Periods  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   Total   
Nixyaawii   18  16  12  55  Record: (24-6) 
Crosshill Christian   18  10  11  15  54  Record: (26-3) 
Officials: Randy Rose, Tyler Jon Clark, Caleb Gettman
Technical fouls: Nixyaawii-None. Crosshill Christian-None.
Attendance:
OSAA OnPoint Community Credit Union State Championships
Moda Health Players of the Game:
Mick Schimmel, Nixyawii
Andrew Stoddard, Crosshill Christian


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