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Thompson, Sturner make Cascade Conference all-star team

SOU forwards repeat on list; Bush an honorable mention
 Posted: 2:00 AM March 06, 2014

Southern Oregon junior forward Eric Thompson and senior center David Sturner both were voted to the Cascade Conference all-star team and senior point guard Jeff Bush was an honorable mention, the league announced Wednesday.

The all-star nod was the third for Thompson and second for Sturner.

Concordia's Adam Herman was named the league's player of the year. The senior forward led the league in scoring for the second straight year (25.2 points per game) and shot 53.4 percent in league games.

Northwest Christian's Spencer Coleman, a transfer from University of Montana, was the newcomer of the year, College of Idaho's Sydney Donaldson was the defensive player of the year and C of I's Scott Garson was the coach of the year.

The 6-foot-7 Thompson was the league's second-leading scorer at 20.3 points per game while shooting 51 percent overall and 43 percent from 3-point land. He was virtually unstoppable at times, scoring 25 or more points 10 times, including a career-high 38 twice. Thompson also averaged 8.3 rebounds per game, the third-best mark in the conference.

Sturner, who stands 6-8, was the league's 17th-leading scorer at 12.6 points per game and also ranked fifth in rebounding (8.2), third in blocks (1.4) and 15th in field-goal percentage (51.6) in league games. Counting nonleague contests, he averaged 14.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and shot 56.2 percent, including 36.4 percent from long range.

Bush ranked first in the conference and third in the NAIA in assists per game (6.4) and finishes as the Raiders' career assist leader with 416. He had a career-high 14 assists Jan. 24 against eventual league champion College of Idaho, and he ranked third in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.3 to 1).

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