PORT ANGELES – Peninsula swept Olympic Wednesday in the first of two home appearances for the 2017 Pirate Pete’s Week.
College students celebrated their annual spirit week with events daily in the PUB – and the Pirates held up their end of the deal, as the women stopped the Rangers 57-46 Wednesday, while the men won 83-74.
Pete’s Week concludes with Blacklight Dodgeball at 5:30 Friday and then two more home games on Saturday. The Pirate women (3-0, 11-5) tip off against Bellevue (2-1, 10-6) at 4 p.m. and the Peninsula men (3-0, 12-3) take on the Bulldogs (1-2, 11-7) at 6 p.m.
Men: Peninsula 83, Olympic 74
The Rangers got off to a fast start, but the PC men answered in a very tight first half that ended with the Pirates out in front 41-39.
Peninsula then outscored Olympic 42-35 in the second half to win by nine.
Darrion Daniels, the NWAC Player of the Week last week, poured in 29 points to lead Peninsula, Jalon McCullough hit for 19, Alex Baham 11 and Cole Rabedeaux 10. McCullough, Daniels and Baham each hit on three of four from three-point range as the Pirates dropped 12 from beyond the arc. Olympic was five of 17 from three-point range.
Also playing well for Peninsula was Omar Lo, who had a career-high 16 rebounds.
Olympic's Juwan Flowers, who played for Peninsula in 2013-14, led the Rangers with 23 points.
SHORELINE – The Peninsula College women’s and men’s basketball teams began the defense of their 2016 Northwest Athletic Conference North Division championships with a sweep at Shoreline Wednesday. The Pirate women rolled to an 80-61 win over the Dolphins and the men followed with a thrilling 116-108 double overtime victory.
The Peninsula women improved to 1-0 in league and 9-5 overall, while the men, who moved into No. 7 on the latest Under Armour NWAC Coaches’ Poll, are 1-0 and 10-3. Both teams travel to Everett Saturday where their games will be featured as “NWAC Games of the Week,” to be live streamed from a link on the NWAC web site. Tip-off for the women is at 4 p.m. and the men at 6 p.m.
Men: Peninsula 116, Shoreline 108 2OT
The Pirates looked like they might dominate, bolting out to double-digit leads throughout the first half, but Shoreline responded, closing the gap to 39-34 at halftime and then outscoring the Pirates 49-44 in the second half to send the game into overtime. The PC men had a chance to win it in regulation, as Darrion Daniels made great play, driving to the hoop in traffic, but his layup didn’t go down.
The Pirates also had a chance to win at the end of the first overtime when Omar Lo tipped the ball in off an inbounds play with four seconds remaining, but Shoreline went the length of the floor, a foul was called, and Derrik Dean hit both free throws to force a second OT.
Peninsula poured in 33 points to outscore the Dolphins in what proved to be two wild five-minute overtime periods to win by eight, despite fouling out four players.
The PC men finished with five players in double figures, led by Darrion Daniels’ 31 points and seven assists, 20 points and eight rebounds from Kevin Baker, 17 from Omar Lo, 16 from Jalon McCullough and 13 from Sam Velez.
Dana Abe led Shoreline with 35 points, while Anddrew Hawkins and Derrik Dean each had 17.
The Pirates shot an impressive 51.9 percent from the floor, while Shoreline also had a good night at 49.3 percent, but it was the three-point shooting that kept the Dolphins in the game. Shoreline connected on 16 of 29 from three-point range, while Peninsula could hit on only seven of 25. The Pirates, however, dominated the boards with 53 rebounds to the Dolphins’ 30.
TACOMA - The Pirates wrapped up the non-conference portion of their 2016-17 season 9-3 Saturday with a commanding 103-75 win over the Titans.
The Peninsula men open North Division play Wednesday at 7:30 at Shoreline.
In Saturday's impressive road win, the Pirates rolled out to a 48-34 halftime lead and never slowed down, beating a talented Titan team by 28.